Lakers get back on track with wins

by Rachael Paumen
Bouncing back from a rocky week on the road, the Lakers got back on track starting with a home game against the Plato Blue Jays. The team then went back on the road to Grand Rapids and Nashwauk.
Lakers vs. Plato
After the sun made its way through the afternoon rain on June 23, the Lakers took the field as they played host to the Plato Blue Jays.
Graham Brown started things off for the Lakers after being walked to first. An RBI from Bert Marsnik allowed Brown to score and put Marsnik on first. He was left stranded, however, when back-to-back outs ended the inning.
Both Nate Johnson and Sam Marsnik were left on in the second before Chad Raiche was allowed to score on a hit from Cody Decker in the third. The Lakers now led 2-0. Helping to keep the Lakers ahead was pitcher Jeremy Schmidt who struck out five batters in the first third of the game.
Neither team was able to bring a man across in the next two innings. Maple Lake shut out the Blue Jays, retiring all six men making plate appearances. Although being able to put two players on base in the fourth, the Lakers also went three-up, three-down in the fifth.
Plato was able to bring a runner home in the sixth while the bottom of the Lakers’ order struggled to bat around Dusty Decker who was left on second. 
Leading off at the top of the order, Brown worked his way around the bases, stealing third, before Chad Raiche's sacrifice RBI allowed him to score. Two more outs after Raiche's ended the inning, stranding Riley Decker and B. Marsnik, both in scoring position.
Despite leaving players on base and allowing the Blue Jays another run in the ninth, the Lakers were able to hold their lead, winning the game 3-2.
AB R H RBI
G. Brown 4 2 2 -
R. Decker 4 - 1 -
B. Marsnik 3 - 1 1
C. Raiche 3 1 1 1
C. Decker 4 - 1 1
N. Johnson 4 - 2 -
D. Decker 3 - - -
S. Marsnik 3 - 1 -
L. Fobbe 4 - 1 -
Lakers vs. Grand Rapids
Coming off a win at home the Lakers traveled three and a half hours to Grand Rapids to take on the Indians.
Much like the game before, Graham Brown was batted in by Bert Masnik after stealing a base and being advanced by an error. 
After being shut out in the second, Jeremy Schmidt got things going again, reaching on a Grand Rapids error. Trent Zachmann and Brown helped to advance Schmidt before a hit from Riley Decker brought him across.
Five Maple Lake runners were left on in the two innings that followed before Zachmann was walked to first in the seventh. Riley then recorded another RBI when Zachmann scored on his double. R. Decker then traded places with Cody Decker who also hit a double.
This was the last inning played in the game as it was ended early due to the weather, but the Lakers were able to record the win, 4-0.
Lakers’ pitcher Sam Marsnik faced 22 batters for the win, striking out an impressive eight. Additionally, the defense behind him kept all Indian players off base except one, who was only allowed first base.
AB R H RBI
G. Brown 3 1 - -
R. Decker 4 1 2 2
B. Marsnik 4 - - 1
C. Decker 3 - 1 1
N. Johnson 3 - - -
D. Decker 3 - 1 -
M. Zahn 2 - - -
J. Schmidt 3 1 - -
T. Zachmann 1 1 1 -
Lakers vs. Nashwauk
Playing on Saturday, June 26, the Lakers were back up north to play the Colts of Nashwauk.
Maple Lake started the game with two outs but Bert Marsnik was able to reach. A third out immediately after left him stranded on first to end Maple Lake's portion of the inning.
Three innings of three-up, three-down kept the Lakers off base until the fifth when Dusty Decker connected for a double. Marcus Zahn kept things moving with another double, putting himself in scoring position and bringing Decker across the plate for the first run of the game. Trent Schmidt's hit was enough to advance Zahn before Sam Marsnik got the job done to put the Lakers up by two. The inning ended shortly after.
After being walked, Riley Decker continued his way around the bases by stealing second. Marsnik then helped him the rest of the way after waiting for his pitch while three balls went by. This would be the only time a Laker would cross the plate for the inning.
In the seventh and final inning it was Marsnik again who recorded two more RBIs. Schmidt was able to reach, and after being advanced by errors and a couple Laker hits, was able to score on Marsnik’s double. Fielders choice allowed Brown first base and just two batters later he came home, also benefiting from Sam's hit. 
Again, weather was to blame for a shortened game after only seven innings but, with a score of 5-0, the Lakers were able to record the W.
Marsnik and R. Decker combined for the win on the mound. Facing a total of 26 batters they combined for four strike-outs and only allowed two hits.
AB R H RBI
G. Brown 3 1 - -
R. Decker 3 1 - -
B. Marsnik 3 - 2 1
C. Decker 3 - - -
N. Johnson 3 - - -
D. Decker 3 1 1 -
M. Zahn 3 1 1 1
J. Schmidt 3 1 2 -
S. Marsnik 3 - - 1
Bouncing back from a rocky week on the road, the Lakers got back on track starting with a home game against the Plato Blue Jays. The team then went back on the road to Grand Rapids and Nashwauk.
Lakers vs. Plato
After the sun made its way through the afternoon rain on June 23, the Lakers took the field as they played host to the Plato Blue Jays.
Graham Brown started things off for the Lakers after being walked to first. An RBI from Bert Marsnik allowed Brown to score and put Marsnik on first. He was left stranded, however, when back-to-back outs ended the inning.
Both Nate Johnson and Sam Marsnik were left on in the second before Chad Raiche was allowed to score on a hit from Cody Decker in the third. The Lakers now led 2-0. Helping to keep the Lakers ahead was pitcher Jeremy Schmidt who struck out five batters in the first third of the game.
Neither team was able to bring a man across in the next two innings. Maple Lake shut out the Blue Jays, retiring all six men making plate appearances. Although being able to put two players on base in the fourth, the Lakers also went three-up, three-down in the fifth.
Plato was able to bring a runner home in the sixth while the bottom of the Lakers’ order struggled to bat around Dusty Decker who was left on second. 
Leading off at the top of the order, Brown worked his way around the bases, stealing third, before Chad Raiche's sacrifice RBI allowed him to score. Two more outs after Raiche's ended the inning, stranding Riley Decker and B. Marsnik, both in scoring position.
Despite leaving players on base and allowing the Blue Jays another run in the ninth, the Lakers were able to hold their lead, winning the game 3-2.
Stats appear in this week's Messenger.
Lakers vs. Grand Rapids
Coming off a win at home the Lakers traveled three and a half hours to Grand Rapids to take on the Indians.
Much like the game before, Graham Brown was batted in by Bert Masnik after stealing a base and being advanced by an error. 
After being shut out in the second, Jeremy Schmidt got things going again, reaching on a Grand Rapids error. Trent Zachmann and Brown helped to advance Schmidt before a hit from Riley Decker brought him across.
Five Maple Lake runners were left on in the two innings that followed before Zachmann was walked to first in the seventh. Riley then recorded another RBI when Zachmann scored on his double. R. Decker then traded places with Cody Decker who also hit a double.
This was the last inning played in the game as it was ended early due to the weather, but the Lakers were able to record the win, 4-0.
Lakers’ pitcher Sam Marsnik faced 22 batters for the win, striking out an impressive eight. Additionally, the defense behind him kept all Indian players off base except one, who was only allowed first base.
Stats appear in this week's Messenger.
Lakers vs. Nashwauk
Playing on Saturday, June 26, the Lakers were back up north to play the Colts of Nashwauk.
Maple Lake started the game with two outs but Bert Marsnik was able to reach. A third out immediately after left him stranded on first to end Maple Lake's portion of the inning.
Three innings of three-up, three-down kept the Lakers off base until the fifth when Dusty Decker connected for a double. Marcus Zahn kept things moving with another double, putting himself in scoring position and bringing Decker across the plate for the first run of the game. Trent Schmidt's hit was enough to advance Zahn before Sam Marsnik got the job done to put the Lakers up by two. The inning ended shortly after.
After being walked, Riley Decker continued his way around the bases by stealing second. Marsnik then helped him the rest of the way after waiting for his pitch while three balls went by. This would be the only time a Laker would cross the plate for the inning.
In the seventh and final inning it was Marsnik again who recorded two more RBIs. Schmidt was able to reach, and after being advanced by errors and a couple Laker hits, was able to score on Marsnik’s double. Fielders choice allowed Brown first base and just two batters later he came home, also benefiting from Sam's hit. 
Again, weather was to blame for a shortened game after only seven innings but, with a score of 5-0, the Lakers were able to record the W.
Marsnik and R. Decker combined for the win on the mound. Facing a total of 26 batters they combined for four strike-outs and only allowed two hits.
Stats appear in this week's Messenger.
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