Legion team has busy week of action

Three games prior to the holiday weekend kept the Legion team busy when they played the Laker Legends/Old Timers and Delano Orange at home before going on the road to Dassel-Cokato. 
Maple Lake vs. Laker Legends/Old Timers
First up for Maple Lake was the Laker Legends/Old Timers, played just prior to the Laker versus Dassel-Cokato town team game on June 30.
The Legends/Old Timers were a formidable crew with several recent Lakers that made a historic third-place run to the State Amateur tournament in 2008. Also on that team were some names from the past like the great left-handed hitter Paul Meuwissen and Tim “Slammer” Ledwein.
The Legion team came out swinging, scoring a couple runs early on hits from Luke Fobbe and Derek Rachel, but, the crafty veteran Bobby Fobbe managed to put out the fire. Bobby is also a Legion coach, which gave the Legion team some extra incentive to win. 
Brad Fobbe, one of the best pitchers in Laker history, earned the save and MVP honors with a key hit as well.
It was a close game but the Legion fell 2-4 to the Laker Legends/Old Timers.
Maple Lake vs. Delano Orange
The following day on July 1, the Legion took on the Delano Orange, a team composed of many of the same kids who were part of Delano’s second-place state team. 
The top of Maple Lake’s line-up went one, two, three to start the game and things didn’t seem to be looking up with the first two batters striking out to start the Legion portion of the second. Cam Knudsen got things turned around, however, when he was walked to first. He was able to steal second during Justin Bidwell’s at bat but was left stranded when Bidwell went down looking.
Brian Redemske was walked in the third and made it into scoring position but was called out with a play at home to end the inning.
Delano jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning while Maple Lake put Noah Kelm and Knudsen on base but was unable to bring them around. 
After struggling for nearly half the game, the Legion began to claw their way back, beginning with a double from Jake Johnson. Redemske followed suit with a single and then a stolen base. Johnson was allowed to score and Redemske followed shortly behind with Mitch Wurm’s single. A hit to the first baseman from Rachel ended the inning with the score now 2-4.
Both Kelm and Johnson were left on in a sixth inning that saw two Maple Lake batters go down swinging. This led into a big inning for the Legion team, however.
Fobbe made it to first to get things going before Wurm and Rachel were allowed big hits to load the bases. Fobbe was called out at second but, after being advanced, Wurm scored on an error by the second baseman. Kelm stepped up to the plate and was walked. Knudsen went down swinging to bring up Bidwell who was also walked. Rachel scored soon after. Johnson was walked and a hit to right from Donnie Mavencamp brought around Kelm and Bidwell. Johnson and Mavencamp were left on first and second to end the inning.
Maple Lake went three-up, three-down in the bottom of the eighth but was able to hold Delano in the ninth for this come-from- behind 6-5 victory.
Maple Lake vs. 
Dassel-Cokato
Missing a few key veterans, Maple Lake traveled to Dassel ballpark on July 2.
While Maple Lake struggled to put one man on base in both the first and second innings, D-C was busy scoring four men in each. Silencing the Legion batters not only in the beginning stages of the game, but throughout the seven innings played was D-C’s strong pitcher Cody Benson.
Dedrek Berndtson rallied in the top of the third with a double to put himself immediately in scoring position. Fobbe and Rachel also made it on shortly after but all three runners were either forced out or left stranded as Maple Lake continued to struggle to advance their players.
A one, two, three, fourth inning kept the Legion scoreless until the top of the order came through with a double. Fobbe then hit an RBI single to score the only Maple Lake run of the game.
After going three-up, three- down in the top of sixth, the game ended with the 10-run rule as Maple Lake fell to D-C 1-15.
Three games prior to the holiday weekend kept the Legion team busy when they played the Laker Legends/Old Timers and Delano Orange at home before going on the road to Dassel-Cokato. 
Maple Lake vs. Laker Legends/Old Timers
First up for Maple Lake was the Laker Legends/Old Timers, played just prior to the Laker versus Dassel-Cokato town team game on June 30.
The Legends/Old Timers were a formidable crew with several recent Lakers that made a historic third-place run to the State Amateur tournament in 2008. Also on that team were some names from the past like the great left-handed hitter Paul Meuwissen and Tim “Slammer” Ledwein.
The Legion team came out swinging, scoring a couple runs early on hits from Luke Fobbe and Derek Rachel, but, the crafty veteran Bobby Fobbe managed to put out the fire. Bobby is also a Legion coach, which gave the Legion team some extra incentive to win. 
Brad Fobbe, one of the best pitchers in Laker history, earned the save and MVP honors with a key hit as well.
It was a close game but the Legion fell 2-4 to the Laker Legends/Old Timers.
Maple Lake vs. Delano Orange
The following day on July 1, the Legion took on the Delano Orange, a team composed of many of the same kids who were part of Delano’s second-place state team. 
The top of Maple Lake’s line-up went one, two, three to start the game and things didn’t seem to be looking up with the first two batters striking out to start the Legion portion of the second. Cam Knudsen got things turned around, however, when he was walked to first. He was able to steal second during Justin Bidwell’s at bat but was left stranded when Bidwell went down looking.
Brian Redemske was walked in the third and made it into scoring position but was called out with a play at home to end the inning.
Delano jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning while Maple Lake put Noah Kelm and Knudsen on base but was unable to bring them around. 
After struggling for nearly half the game, the Legion began to claw their way back, beginning with a double from Jake Johnson. Redemske followed suit with a single and then a stolen base. Johnson was allowed to score and Redemske followed shortly behind with Mitch Wurm’s single. A hit to the first baseman from Rachel ended the inning with the score now 2-4.
Both Kelm and Johnson were left on in a sixth inning that saw two Maple Lake batters go down swinging. This led into a big inning for the Legion team, however.
Fobbe made it to first to get things going before Wurm and Rachel were allowed big hits to load the bases. Fobbe was called out at second but, after being advanced, Wurm scored on an error by the second baseman. Kelm stepped up to the plate and was walked. Knudsen went down swinging to bring up Bidwell who was also walked. Rachel scored soon after. Johnson was walked and a hit to right from Donnie Mavencamp brought around Kelm and Bidwell. Johnson and Mavencamp were left on first and second to end the inning.
Maple Lake went three-up, three-down in the bottom of the eighth but was able to hold Delano in the ninth for this come-from- behind 6-5 victory.
Maple Lake vs. Dassel-Cokato
Missing a few key veterans, Maple Lake traveled to Dassel ballpark on July 2.
While Maple Lake struggled to put one man on base in both the first and second innings, D-C was busy scoring four men in each. Silencing the Legion batters not only in the beginning stages of the game, but throughout the seven innings played was D-C’s strong pitcher Cody Benson.
Dedrek Berndtson rallied in the top of the third with a double to put himself immediately in scoring position. Fobbe and Rachel also made it on shortly after but all three runners were either forced out or left stranded as Maple Lake continued to struggle to advance their players.
A one, two, three, fourth inning kept the Legion scoreless until the top of the order came through with a double. Fobbe then hit an RBI single to score the only Maple Lake run of the game.
After going three-up, three- down in the top of sixth, the game ended with the 10-run rule as Maple Lake fell to D-C 1-15.
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