The Irish had a short break from games in the beginning of the week, but ended up packing five games into two days with a double-header against Eden Valley-Watkins on Thursday, May 12, and a tournament in Robbinsdale-Cooper on Saturday, May 14.
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Although it was a rainy day in Maple Lake, the Irish were still able to travel to Eden Valley to play the Eagles in a double-header.
On Thursday the Irish baseball team traveled to Eden Valley-Watkins for a single conference game. The game was originally scheduled as a double header in Maple Lake, but due to the rain, the field was not in any condition to play on. The Irish battled with the Eagles but fell in defeat by a score of 5-1.
The team's only run of the ball game came from Mitch Wurm, leading the top of the seventh inning off with a walk. Up next was Derek Rachel who drew another walk, the two runners were then able to advance off of a wild pitch. Picking up the RBI was Donnie Mavencamp, hitting a sacrifice fly.
With high hopes, the Irish track team headed to Holdingford for the True Team meet and a shot at state on Tuesday, May 10. Out of 14 teams including Pierz, St. John’s Prep and Esko, the girls took third place while the boys placed second.
“When the dust settled, the Irish track teams came up a little short on their quest for a state meet birth as a team,” said Head Coach Ben Youngs
Weather may have played a factor in these results.
They say if it rains on your parade, you should dance in it. But what if it rains on your golf meet? Due to showers earlier in the day, the Hollydale Course in Rockford at the girls’ golf meet on Friday, May 13, was soaked.
“I hate wet courses because your balls dig into the ground, making it harder to shoot. Sometimes I would hit the ball, and mud would fly everywhere,” said Maggie Carey.
By the time the girls had golfed nine holes, they may have been mistaken for creatures from a mud lagoon than a group of high school girls.
Thursday, May 5: 4:00am; Softball: JV Double Header vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa @ Maple Lake High School; 4:00pm, Baseball: 8th Grade Game vs. Kennedy Junior @ Maple Lake High School; 4:00pm, Softball: Varsity Double Headervs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa @ Maple Lake High School; 4:15pm, Golf:Girls Varsity Meet Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Osakis., Pierz Healy, Rockford Area Schools District vs. Kimball Area @ Kimball Golf Course; 4:15pm, Golf: Boys Varsity Meet Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Kimball Area, Osakis., Pierz Healy, Rockford Area Schools District vs. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted @ ShadowBrooke Golf Course
Thursday, Apr 28: 10:00am, Golf: Girls Varsity Invitational vs. Kimball Area @ Kimball Golf Course; 10:00am, Golf: Boys Varsity Invitational vs. Kimball Area @ Kimball Golf Course; 4:00pm, Baseball: JV Double Header vs. Pierz Healy @ Maple Lake High School; 4:00pm, Baseball: 8th Grade Game vs. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted @ Maple Lake High School; 4:00pm, Baseball: 7th Grade Game vs. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted @ Maple Lake High School; 4:00pm, Softball: Varsity Double Header vs. Pierz Healy @ Pierz High School; 4:00pm, Softball: JV Double Headervs. Pierz Healy @ Pierz High School; 4:00pm, Track & Field: Varsity Relays vs. Eden Valley-Watkins, Foley, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Rockford Area Schools District, St.
The boys’ golf team had their first meet of the year on Monday, April 18, in Osakis. The first game of any sport is never an easy one. It is the meet where you have had the least amount of practice and, as a result, are likely to make the most mistakes. A short drive from the tee or a putt that goes right past the hole can end the hole with one or even two strokes over what a person normally scores. Just a couple of bad shots from each golfer might mean six extra strokes more than they should have to the team's final score.
Bad weather didn’t stop the Irish track team from attending the meet in Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on Thursday, April 21, where they competed against three other schools and both Maple Lake teams took first place.
“The weather made the times and distances poor – it is hard to get good performances in windy, cold weather but the teams still did very well,” said Head Coach Ben Youngs.
To switch it up a bit, the track participants were asked to try different events that they weren’t used to in order to prepare for meets in the future.
A rainy week nearly kept the Maple Lake Legion baseball team from playing last week. They were lucky enough to dodge the rain on Monday, June 20, when they played St. Michael-Albertville, but their game on Tuesday, June 21, against Rogers was cancelled. Despite the soggy field, Maple Lake was able to pull off a win against STMA.
The game began with STMA up to bat and Maple Lake in the field. St. Michael was pushing home plate with batters on 1-3, but Maple Lake stepped up their defense, getting the last outs they needed to put themselves up to bat.