Lakers get two wins in big week of action

by Rachael Paumen
The Lakers continued their run of home games to kick off the month of June, hosting the Big Lake White Caps and the Cokato Kings before going on the road to Hutchinson.
Lakers vs. Big Lake
Coming off a one-game week, the Lakers got back into the swing of things on Wednesday, June 2, playing at home against the Big Lake White Caps.
The White Caps got things started right away in the top of the first inning. Using well-placed hits to reach base, Big Lake capitalized on three Laker errors to record just as many runs. 
The Lakers rallied back in the bottom of the inning but came up short, leaving two runners stranded on third and first. This outcome continued in the second for both teams, but soon Maple Lake found some momentum to get things going again in the bottom of the third.
After reaching first from a hit to third, Bert Marsnik was batted around and made it home on a wild pitch. Darin Decker was next to score with the bases loaded when the newest member of the Lakers’ team, Trent Zachmann, was walked to first. Two other batters were also walked this inning, which continued to advance runners and keep the bases loaded. The Lakers were able to gain the lead this inning, scoring four.
The White Caps went three-up, three-down in the fourth. Maple Lake's Marsnik would be the only one to score this inning. After a rip to left center, Darin Decker batted Marsnik around before two quick outs ended the inning. 
Edging their way back into the game, Big Lake scored after a big hit to left and a passed ball but were held to just one run before shutting out the Lakers in the bottom of the fifth. 
Players from both teams made it on base in the next two innings but were left stranded until the sixth when B. Marsnik was brought in by Darin Decker yet again to lengthen the Lakers’ lead to 6-4.
Another one, two three top of the inning ended the game when Lakers’ pitcher Jeremy Schmidt struck out two, while the defense behind him made sure that no runners made it on base with a catch in right. 
AB R H RBI
R. Decker 3 - 1 1
S. Marsnik 5 - - -
B. Marsnik 5 3 5 -
C. Raiche 3 - 1 -
Darin Decker 5 1 2 -
N. Johnson 3 1 - 1
C. Decker 4 1 1 -
T. Zachmann 2 - - -
J. Schmidt 4 - 1 -
Lakers vs. Cokato
Friday, June 4, saw the Lakers back on the field, again at home, to take on the Cokato Kings.
The Lakers jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the second inning when Darin Decker beat out an infield hit. Cody Decker got one to drop behind second, just out of the second baseman's reach. Up next, Tyler Decker and Trent Zachmann hit back-to-back singles to left, each scoring a runner. Graham Brown followed suit, hitting a double to left to bring home another Laker. A pair of outs ended the inning but not before Riley Decker's RBI to second scored Zachmann. 
A scoreless third inning led into a big fourth for the Kings. Leading off to start the inning, the first Cokato batter was walked to first and was later advanced by a hit to short and a Laker error. Another hit just fair in left allowed two runners to score for the first of what would be nine total runs for the Kings in a dismal fourth inning. 
After allowing two more runs to score in the top of the fifth, the Lakers got to work, chipping away at the now seven-run deficit. Chad Raiche connected on a hit to center and was advanced by Darin Decker and scored when Dusty Decker dropped one in left center.
Cody Decker then found the fence in left for a double, scoring Darin and advancing Dusty. Nate Johnson shot one back at the pitcher to center to bring Dusty around and then later scored on a passed ball. A pop fly to center ended the inning with two men left on base. 
Big defense in the top of the sixth enabled the Lakers to shut out the Kings before adding another run to the now 9-11 score. Raiche was again the lead-off man, this time with a bunt down the left field line. He was advanced around the bases by Darin and Dusty before being brought in by Cody.
Two Cokato players were allowed to score before a hot box between second and third ended the Cokato portion of the seventh inning to bring up Brown for the Lakers. Brown was walked to first and, after stealing both second and third, he made it home when Bert Marsnik poked one over second into center field to put the Lakers back within three. 
Still down after a scoreless eighth inning and top of the ninth, Brown got the Laker bats going with a grounder that made it to center. Two quick outs threated to leave Brown stranded but Raiche's single to left advanced him to second and brought out Mitch Wurm to pinch run for Raiche. Darin was up next and shot one back at the pitcher, causing a break in play, but not before Brown was able to score. This would be the final run of the game as the Lakers dropped their second game of the year, 11-13.
AB R H RBI
G. Brown 4 2 2 1
R. Decker 5 - 1 1
B. Marsnik 6 - 1 1
C. Raiche 6 2 3 -
Darin Decker 6 2 5 1
Dusty Decker 6 1 1 1
C. Decker 5 1 3 2
T. Decker 5 1 2 1
T. Zachmann 2 1 2 1
N. Johnson 3 1 1 1
S. Marsnik - - - -
Lakers vs. Hutchinson
On the road for only the second time this season, the Lakers traveled to Veterans Memorial Field in Hutchinson to take on the Huskies.
Getting the bats going early, Maple Lake was able to put together a three-run lead in the top of the first inning. These would be the only runs that either team would be able to bring across in the first half of the game.
The sixth innings saw two runners advance for both teams before another scoreless inning in the seventh.
With the score now 5-2, the Lakers added to their lead in the top of the eighth when two more players were batted around. Hutchinson also managed to score another run but a pitching change from Raiche to Schmidt soon ended the inning.
The Lakers produced two more runs before the Huskie defense ended the inning. Allowing another Hutchinson man to score, Maple Lake ended the game on top with a final score of 9-4.
Contributing in a big way to the Laker win, both Nate Johnson and Chad Raiche recorded home runs. Raiche also hit the gap for a double. In addition, Graham Brown took the opportunity to advance himself with a stolen base.
Raiche started things off on the mound for the Lakers, pitching 7.2 total innings. Raiche faced 33 batters, allowing only six hits and striking out two. Jeremy Schmidt then came in in the eighth inning to end the game. Schmidt allowed only two hits, helping the Lakers hold their lead. 
Next up, the Lakers will host Lake Henry on Wednesday, June 8, and Rockford on Friday, June 11.
AB H R RBI
G. Brown 5 2 1 -
R. Decker 3 2 1 2
Darin Decker 4 - - -
C. Raiche 4 2 2 3
Dusty Decker 5 1 1 -
N. Johnson 4 3 3 2
C. Decker 4 2 - -
T. Decker 4 - - -
S. Marsnik 3 - - -
M. Zahn - - 1 -
J. Schmidt - - - 1
The Lakers continued their run of home games to kick off the month of June, hosting the Big Lake White Caps and the Cokato Kings before going on the road to Hutchinson.
Lakers vs. Big Lake
Coming off a one-game week, the Lakers got back into the swing of things on Wednesday, June 2, playing at home against the Big Lake White Caps.
The White Caps got things started right away in the top of the first inning. Using well-placed hits to reach base, Big Lake capitalized on three Laker errors to record just as many runs. 
The Lakers rallied back in the bottom of the inning but came up short, leaving two runners stranded on third and first. This outcome continued in the second for both teams, but soon Maple Lake found some momentum to get things going again in the bottom of the third.
After reaching first from a hit to third, Bert Marsnik was batted around and made it home on a wild pitch. Darin Decker was next to score with the bases loaded when the newest member of the Lakers’ team, Trent Zachmann, was walked to first. Two other batters were also walked this inning, which continued to advance runners and keep the bases loaded. The Lakers were able to gain the lead this inning, scoring four.
The White Caps went three-up, three-down in the fourth. Maple Lake's Marsnik would be the only one to score this inning. After a rip to left center, Darin Decker batted Marsnik around before two quick outs ended the inning. 
Edging their way back into the game, Big Lake scored after a big hit to left and a passed ball but were held to just one run before shutting out the Lakers in the bottom of the fifth. 
Players from both teams made it on base in the next two innings but were left stranded until the sixth when B. Marsnik was brought in by Darin Decker yet again to lengthen the Lakers’ lead to 6-4.
Another one, two three top of the inning ended the game when Lakers’ pitcher Jeremy Schmidt struck out two, while the defense behind him made sure that no runners made it on base with a catch in right. 
Stats in this week's issue of the Messenger.
Lakers vs. Cokato
Friday, June 4, saw the Lakers back on the field, again at home, to take on the Cokato Kings.
The Lakers jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the second inning when Darin Decker beat out an infield hit. Cody Decker got one to drop behind second, just out of the second baseman's reach. Up next, Tyler Decker and Trent Zachmann hit back-to-back singles to left, each scoring a runner. Graham Brown followed suit, hitting a double to left to bring home another Laker. A pair of outs ended the inning but not before Riley Decker's RBI to second scored Zachmann. 
A scoreless third inning led into a big fourth for the Kings. Leading off to start the inning, the first Cokato batter was walked to first and was later advanced by a hit to short and a Laker error. Another hit just fair in left allowed two runners to score for the first of what would be nine total runs for the Kings in a dismal fourth inning. 
After allowing two more runs to score in the top of the fifth, the Lakers got to work, chipping away at the now seven-run deficit. Chad Raiche connected on a hit to center and was advanced by Darin Decker and scored when Dusty Decker dropped one in left center.
Cody Decker then found the fence in left for a double, scoring Darin and advancing Dusty. Nate Johnson shot one back at the pitcher to center to bring Dusty around and then later scored on a passed ball. A pop fly to center ended the inning with two men left on base. 
Big defense in the top of the sixth enabled the Lakers to shut out the Kings before adding another run to the now 9-11 score. Raiche was again the lead-off man, this time with a bunt down the left field line. He was advanced around the bases by Darin and Dusty before being brought in by Cody.
Two Cokato players were allowed to score before a hot box between second and third ended the Cokato portion of the seventh inning to bring up Brown for the Lakers. Brown was walked to first and, after stealing both second and third, he made it home when Bert Marsnik poked one over second into center field to put the Lakers back within three. 
Still down after a scoreless eighth inning and top of the ninth, Brown got the Laker bats going with a grounder that made it to center. Two quick outs threated to leave Brown stranded but Raiche's single to left advanced him to second and brought out Mitch Wurm to pinch run for Raiche. Darin was up next and shot one back at the pitcher, causing a break in play, but not before Brown was able to score. This would be the final run of the game as the Lakers dropped their second game of the year, 11-13.
Stats in this week's issue of the Messenger.
Lakers vs. Hutchinson
On the road for only the second time this season, the Lakers traveled to Veterans Memorial Field in Hutchinson to take on the Huskies.
Getting the bats going early, Maple Lake was able to put together a three-run lead in the top of the first inning. These would be the only runs that either team would be able to bring across in the first half of the game.
The sixth innings saw two runners advance for both teams before another scoreless inning in the seventh.
With the score now 5-2, the Lakers added to their lead in the top of the eighth when two more players were batted around. Hutchinson also managed to score another run but a pitching change from Raiche to Schmidt soon ended the inning.
The Lakers produced two more runs before the Huskie defense ended the inning. Allowing another Hutchinson man to score, Maple Lake ended the game on top with a final score of 9-4.
Contributing in a big way to the Laker win, both Nate Johnson and Chad Raiche recorded home runs. Raiche also hit the gap for a double. In addition, Graham Brown took the opportunity to advance himself with a stolen base.
Raiche started things off on the mound for the Lakers, pitching 7.2 total innings. Raiche faced 33 batters, allowing only six hits and striking out two. Jeremy Schmidt then came in in the eighth inning to end the game. Schmidt allowed only two hits, helping the Lakers hold their lead. 
Next up, the Lakers will host Lake Henry on Wednesday, June 8, and Rockford on Friday, June 11.
Stats in this week's issue of the Messenger.
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