Diving into the 2010 playoffs, the Maple Lake American Legion baseball team got things started with a game against Howard Lake before continuing with a game against Breck and another game against the same Breck team the following day. The team then traveled to Paynesville where they played Cross Lake, Staples, Sebeka and Holdingford.
After taking a week off the Lakers got back to business with a busy four-game week against Winsted, Moorhead, Plato and Hutchinson. Although the team’s record for the week was 1-3, Manager Dale Decker said that the record does not reflect the team’s performance.
“We played good ball even though we lost,” Decker said. “We just played some good teams.”
After defeating teams from Rocori, Cooper-Armstrong, West Fargo, Norwood-Young America and two teams from Hutchinson, the Maple Lake 14U’s will be advancing to the national tournament the last week in July to Terre Haute, IN. The team appreciates the sponsorship of Lundeen Brothers Ford and French Lake Auto Parts. Pictured are (front) Emily Webb, Jenny Brings, Maddie Gagnon, Sydney Knudsen, Emilee Bryant, Holly Goelz, (back) Coach Doug Kelm, Kelsie Kelm, Paige Blizil, Bailey Heimes, Heidi Kelm, Shelby Rachel, Hannah Klug, Rayne Coughlin, Coach John Gagnon.
Representing Maple Lake, Graham Brown, Cody Decker, Riley Decker and Sam Marsnik, along with manager Dale Decker, joined players from around the league for the annual All-Star game on July 1 at Irish Stadium.
Following the home run derby, which was won by Monticello’s Eric Schreifels who recorded one home run, introductions and the starting line-ups got underway. Riley Decker started in center field for the North, batting second. In his first at bat Riley connected for a nice hit to the outfield.
Maple Lake baseball players are keeping busy this summer with Legion ball. The summer season got started with games in Howard Lake and St. Michael. Monticello then came to town before Maple Lake was back on the road again to play Delano Orange.
Maple Lake vs. Howard Lake
In their first game since the end of the school season, Maple Lake made the trip to Howard Lake on June 10.
Youth softball pitcher is tourney contest runner-up
Kennedy Haney-Goelz of Maple Lake recently placed 2nd out of 23 girls in a Fastest Pitcher contest at a youth softball tourney. Kennedy threw 44 mph to tie for 1st in the first round and qualify for the finals at the 12U Hutchinson softball tournament. In the final round Kennedy threw 43.4 coming in just .2 mph behind first place.
The Maple Lake Willie Mays youth baseball team took first in the playoffs in Plato on June 26, 27 & 28 by defeating Watertown by a score of 9-7. They will play in the state tournament in Rosemount on July 23, 24 & 25.