On May 2, the Maple Lake Irish baseball team hosted Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted for a conference game. The game was a struggle for the Irish as they battled back from some runs allowed early in the game, but they pulled out the victory with a final score of 11-9.
The Irish picked up their first run of the game when Justin Bidwell hit a double. He was then able to score off an error coming from the bat of Josh Serfas.
Thursday, May 12: 4:00am, Softball: JV Double Header vs. Eden Valley-Watkins @ Eden Valley-Watkins High School; 4:00pm, Baseball: JV Double Header vs. Eden Valley-Watkins @ Maple Lake High School; 4:00pm, Baseball: 7th Grade Game vs. Rockford Area Schools District @ Rockford High School; 4:00pm, Baseball: 8th Grade Game vs. Rockford Area Schools District @ Rockford High School; 4:00pm, Softball: Varsity Double Header vs. Eden Valley-Watkins @ Eden Valley-Watkins High School; 4:00pm, Softball: 7th Grade Game vs. Rockford Area Schools District @ Maple Lake High School; 4:00pm, Softball: 8th Grade Game vs. Rockford Area Schools District @ Maple Lake High School; 4:00pm, Track & Field: Varsity Invitational vs.
On Friday, the Irish baseball team traveled to Rockford for a conference game against the Rockets. It was a close game throughout but the Irish picked up the victory by a score of 5-2.
The team scored their first runs of the game in the third inning when Dedrek Berndtson started things off with a walk. Shortly after he was able to score off a Jake Johnson double. Up next was Mitch Wurm who followed with a single, allowing Johnson to come around from second base and score. This concluded the scoring for the third inning.
It was a blustery day on April 26 when the boys’ golf team played their home course at Albion Ridges. When non-competive golfers feel like playing a round, they usually pick a warm, sunny Sunday. If it does happen to be bad weather, they more than likely just take a rain check and wait for a better day. Not so for the boys’ golf team. They must play whatever the type of day. Even if, like at the Albion meet, it turns out to be miserable.
On Thursday, April 29, the Maple Lake Irish softball team traveled to Pierz for a double-header against the Pioneers.
The top of the first led off with Brooke Decker hitting a single, followed by Sydney Knudsen, also with a single. The Irish took an early 1-0 lead over the Pioneers when Brittany Negley’s sacrifice out allowed Decker to score.
The bottom of the first was dominated by Decker’s pitching as the Pioneers went three-up and three-down by striking out.
On a windy, cool October evening, the Maple Lake Irish closed out their regular season on MEA Wednesday with a hard-fought 20-13 victory over the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers. The win pushed their record to 6-2 and a number two seed in the 4AA playoffs. The Irish hosted Kimball on Oct. 26 in quarter-final action (results will be reported in next week’s Messenger).
The cross country meet on Tuesday, October 19, was not quite what the Maple Lake team was expecting. Instead of the usual woodsey park, it was at the Howard Lake School. The ground there turned out to be uneven and bumpy.
This was not the only thing that hurt the boys’ team.
“Our top two boys were out,” said Coach Ben Youngs. “It was more of a practice meet.”
The Irish headed north on a beautiful fall Friday to do battle with the Pierz Pioneers. Both teams had identical 5-1 records and each needed a big win to help their playoff pushes. What was billed as a close call, the game was just that, a well-played, tight football game that ended with the Irish on the wrong side of the score, 7-14.