The Maple Lake Lakers' prayers were not heard by the Saints this week, ending their playoff run after just two games. Maple Lake fell 10-9 to Dassel-Cokato Saints and 7-3 to St. Michael Saints in the first two rounds of the Section 8B playoff tournament in Hutchinson.
Lakers vs. Dassel-Cokato
On Wednesday, August 5, the Lakers traveled to Hutchinson to play the first round of playoffs against Dassel-Cokato.
D-C was seeded number 4, just ahead of the Lakers. Maple Lake could not hold onto the lead and gave up a close game to the Saints.
The game opened with the Lakers at the plate. Graham Brown and Tim Queck each scored off a double by Bert Marsnik.
Tyler Decker added a run in the second with help from a single by Queck, giving Maple Lake an early 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second, D-C scored one run. The Saints added one more in the third.
The Maple Lake Legion baseball team traveled to Paynesville on Thursday, July 23, for the first round of the District 6 Legion playoffs. This year's double elimination tournament had eight teams: Maple Lake, Paynesville, Bertha-Hewitt, Royalton, Cross Lake, Kimball, Aitkin, and Sebeka.
Maple Lake took on tournament host Paynesville in the first round. Their bats came up big early and built a big enough lead for Maple Lake to win the game easily.
Maple Lake won the coin flip to determine the home team and elected to take the field. Cam Knudsen started the game pitching and struggled with his control early. He got help from his shortstop, Brian Redemske, who turned a 6-3 double play to get him out of a jam.
On Thursday, July 9, the Maple Lake Legion baseball team traveled to Mound for another chance to keep their perfect season going. That is exactly what they did as they jumped out to an early lead and kept adding to it as the game went on.
After a scoreless top of the first for Maple Lake, Mitch Wurm took the mound and shut down Mound, allowing one hit in the inning. Nick Hudek reached on an error with one out in the second. He was later driven in by Brian Redemske's two-out, ground-rule double, making the score 1-0.
After a scoreless bottom of the second by Wurm, Maple Lake added another run when Pete Nordlie scored on Luke Fobbe's first hit of the game. Wurm continued to challenge hitters by throwing strikes and once again kept Mound off the board in the third. Redemske hit his second double of the game and extended the lead to 3-0 by driving in Hudek who singled to lead off the inning.
On Thursday, July 2, the Maple Lake Legion baseball team traveled to Buffalo for their first away game of the season. The host Buffalo plays double-headers that consist of two six-inning games. Buffalo's record was 5-1 and proved to be a tough opponent. Game one saw Maple Lake fall behind early but rally back in the late innings to keep their undefeated season alive. Good pitching highlighted the second game where Maple Lake held the advantage for most of the game and never let it go to improve their record to 7-0 under first-year coach Bobby Fobbe Jr.
After a week where they went 3-0, the Maple Lake Legion baseball team hosted Breck on Thursday, June 25. Maple Lake got out to a double-digit lead early in the game. Errors and mental mistakes allowed Breck back into the game, but the home team scored enough runs in the late innings to improve their record to 4-0 under coach Bobby Fobbe Jr.
In the top of the first, Breck's first three hitters were retired by starting pitcher Mitch Wurm, who struck out two. Maple Lake answered with one run in the bottom of the first when Aaron Rassat scored on a Luke Fobbe RBI single to rightfield. Wurm then struck out the side in the second to bring his total to five strikeouts through two innings. Maple Lake extended the lead by scoring three runs in the bottom of the second with RBIs from Jordan Kelm, Riley Decker, and Rassat.
With the season approaching quickly, the Irish volleyball team got a jump start by attending the Early Bird Tournament in Albany on August 22. The Irish took both the JV and the Varsity to the tournament. Some teams which the Irish could see again in Sections were there, including: Rocori, Little Falls, and Albany.
"Every year we play at this tournament I am surprised less and less by players making great plays you weren't expecting or players you think will be steady having an off game," said Head Coach Marty Kiebel.
The Varsity team started out looking a little rusty against St. Cloud Apollo, losing the first game. However, with tough serves the Irish came out on top, winning the second game. Then the score was all tied up 1-1. With the next game only going to 15, Maple Lake started out strong and came out with a win.