Lakers keep swinging in 1-3 week

by Rachael Paumen
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.”
Lakers vs. Winsted
The first of the four games saw the Winsted Wildcats come to town for the two teams’ second match-up this year on July 7. Winsted is the top team in section 8B this season.
After shutting out the Wildcats in the top of the first inning, Riley Decker was first to reach for the Lakers. A fielder’s error helped him to advance around the bases and he was able to score after only two batters to put Maple Lake up early.
A three-up, three-down inning in the second looked as though it was going to repeat in the third when both of the first two Maple Lake batters struck out. But Graham Brown was able to single to keep the inning alive. He was able to make it into scoring position but was left stranded on third.
The fourth was scoreless for both teams although Chad Raiche, after watching four balls go by, reached second on a sacrifice from Nate Johnson but was left on with the third out.
Dusty Decker was walked to begin the fifth inning and was moved to second with Tyler Decker's single. Brown hit a sacrifice to score Dusty and an RBI double from Riley brought Tyler in as well. Another strikeout for the Wildcat’s pitcher ended the inning with Riley still on second.
Now down by three, Winsted’s top of the order got to work, chipping away at the Lakers’ lead. The Wildcats’ lead-off man was walked with the next three batters hitting singles to bring one in. A sacrifice from the number five man brought in another run and yet another single brought in the third and final run of the inning to tie things up.
After preventing the Wildcats from putting a man on base with only three batters in the sixth, the Lakers failed to connect in the bottom of the inning when Winsted's pitcher retired all three Maple Lake batters on his own.
With the score still tied after the seventh, the Lakers took the field in hopes of holding the Wildcats. The first batter for Winsted singled to make it on base and put himself into scoring position by stealing second. The next batter connected for a single and a sacrifice from further down the line-up scored what would be the winning run for the Wildcats. 
Neither team scored in the following two innings as Maple Lake fell to Winsted, 3-4. 
“We faced the best pitcher we’ve seen all year,” Decker said. “We had 14 strikeouts but it’s not like we weren’t aggressive, he’s just a good pitcher.”
AB R H RBI
G. Brown 3 - 1 1
R. Decker 3 1 2 1
B. Marsnik 4 - - -
C. Raiche 3 - - -
N. Johnson 3 - - -
C. Decker 4 - - -
D. Decker 3 1 - -
T. Decker 3 1 1 -
T. Zachmann 2 - - -
L. Fobbe 1 - - -
Lakers vs. Moorhead
In the Lakers only non-league game of the week, the Moorhead Brewers made the trip down 94 to Maple Lake on July 9. The Lakers struggled in this Friday night match-up as they were defeated 12-1 in seven innings.
Graham Brown singled to reach but was caught stealing for Maple Lake's first out. Bert Marsnik connected for a double but was left on when a strikeout ended the inning. 
Luke Fobbe watched a ball go by before singling to put himself on. He, too, was left stranded at the end of the second after Trent Zachmann went down swinging. 
Riley Decker was the only man to make it on in the third but was left on first after being walked.
The top of the fourth is where things really took a bad turn for Maple Lake. After allowing only one run in the inning before, the Lakers gave up 10 runs in this 14-batter inning. Of those who made it on base, two were walked and only one was left stranded. 
Jeremy Schmidt reached on an error in the bottom of the Brewer's big inning, but it wasn't until the sixth that Maple Lake was able to put another man on base.
Riley was again walked and made it to second on a wild pitch. Chad Raiche helped to move him to third before Cody Decker batted him around for Maple Lake's only run of the game. 
After allowing Moorhead another run, the Lakers went three-up, three-down in the bottom of the seventh to end the game with a final score of 1-12.
“We were thin on pitching this evening,” Decker said.
And former Laker Todd Fuller returned to Maple Lake as a Brewer. Now living in Moorhead, Fuller is in his second season with the team and serves as a pitcher and outfielder. 
                       AB R H RBI
G. Brown 3 - 1 -
R. Decker 1 1 - -
B. Marsnik 3 - 1 -
C. Raiche 3 - - -
C. Decker 3 - - 1
J. Schmidt 3 - - -
L. Fobbe 2 - 1 -
T. Zachmann 2 - - -
M. Wurm 2 - - -
Lakers vs. Plato
Going on the road for one of the final times in the 2010 season, the Lakers traveled to Plato on July 10 to play the Blue Jays.
Riley Decker wasted no time getting on base after connecting with the first pitch for a single. Two outs immediately followed, however, and he was left on.
The second was a quick three-up, three-down inning for the Lakers and the third was virtually the same except for Graham Brown’s single. Brown was stranded on first to end the inning. 
Nate Johnson connected to reach in the top of the fourth inning and another single from Cody Decker immediately after advanced Johnson. A third out and K for the Blue Jay’s pitcher ended the top half of the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, Plato managed to string together a run when a batter was brought in on a double by the Blue Jay’s clean-up hitter.
It wasn’t until the seventh inning when Maple Lake was able to get anything going offensively. Cody was hit by a pitch to take first and, two batters later, was batted in by a double from Sam Marsnik. Luke Fobbe was walked following Marsnik’s double but both men were left on to end the inning.
Bert Marsnik was also walked in the early stages of the eighth inning and moved into scoring position when Chad Raiche reached. Johnson was up next and connected for an RBI double that scored Bert. Jeremy Schmidt earned himself a single and an RBI as Raiche was allowed to score. Sam was next at the plate and hit another RBI single to bring Johnson around and put the Lakers up by three with a score of 4-1.
Again in the ninth it was Bert who would be the first to score for the Lakers. After reaching on a single he was advanced by a hit from Raiche and made it home in the following play. This was the last run Maple Lake was able to record for the game, but tough Laker defense shut out Plato at the plate for a final score of Maple Lake 5, Plato 1.
Sam Marsnik took the mound for the Lakers and pitched the entire game. Marsnik allowed only nine hits of the 34 batters he faced, striking out three. 
“Sam did not walk a batter in all nine innings of play,” Decker said. “He did a good job against a good hitting team.”
AB R H RBI
G. Brown 4 - 2 -
R. Decker 4 - 1 -
B. Marsnik 4 2 1 -
C. Raiche 4 1 - -
N. Johnson 5 1 2 1
C. Decker 4 1 1 -
J. Schmidt 3 - 1 1
S. Marsnik 4 - 2 2
L. Fobbe 3 - - -
Lakers vs. Hutchinson
Rounding out the week the Lakers were back at home on July 11 to host the Hutchinson Huskies. 
Hutchinson wasted no time, scoring their lead-off man in the top of the first to put themselves up early. Lakers’ pitcher Chad Raiche sent the Huskies third out to the bench swinging to bring up Maple Lake’s portion of the inning.
Batting in the two spot, Riley Decker was walked in the bottom of the inning and made it to second on a passed ball. Two pop flys to second and center from Bert Marsnik and Chad Raiche, respectively, ended the inning to strand Riley. 
The second was a quick inning for both teams with only Maple Lake’s Jeremy Schmidt reaching on a walk.
The Huskies fought back in the top of the third, scoring three runs while shutting out the Lakers in the bottom of the inning. Hutch then added another run in the top of the fourth.
“We allowed them to get out to a 5-0 lead,” Decker said. “It takes away from our game strategy.”
After two outs, Nate Johnson waited for his pitch in the bottom of the fourth and, with a full count, was then walked to first. Up next, Cody Decker wasted no time, hitting a two-run home run to bring the Lakers within three. 
The Lakers forced Hutchinson to leave two runners stranded in the top of the fifth inning but managed to score Luke Fobbe on an RBI single from Bert Marsnik. 
The sixth inning was a repeat of the second, however, this time both teams were able to put men on base but all were left stranded.
Dusty Decker started things out in the bottom of the seventh for the Lakers. With one strike on him Dusty connected for a single to reach. Fobbe advanced him with a sacrifice and Graham Brown hit a single to put Dusty on third. Another sacrifice from Riley brought Dusty home, now down just one with a score of 4-5.
Hutch added another run in the top of the eighth after the runner was walked to first and batted around by two men in the bottom of the order.
A stikeout and out in center looked to end the Laker portion of that inning but Cody was walked to keep Maple Lake alive. Mitch Wurm now followed Cody in the order and was also walked. Sam Marsnik connected for a single to load the bases but Fobbe went down swinging to end the inning.
The Lakers’ defense managed to keep a man in scoring position to make it home in the top of the ninth but then went one, two, three to end the game. Final score 4-6, in favor of the Huskies.
“We had a nice comeback, but couldn’t get that clutch hit at just the right time,” Decker said.
AB R H RBI
G. Brown 5 - 4 -
R. Decker 3 - - 1
B. Marsnik 5 - 1 1
C. Raiche 4 - 1 -
N. Johnson 3 1 - -
C. Decker 3 1 1 2
J. Schmidt 2 - - -
D. Decker 3 1 1 -
L. Fobbe 3 1 1 -
S. Marsnik 1 - 1 -
The Lakers host three home games in this upcoming week. St. Michael comes to town first on Wednesday, July 14, followed by Richtown on July 16. Delano will then round out the week on Sunday, July 18. Sunday’s game also features a time change from the typical 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This game against Delano is Laker Fishing Day and will include prizes and drawings provided by Joe Rassat of Rassat Outdoor Group. The game will also be broadcast on KRWC 1360.
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.”
Lakers vs. Winsted
The first of the four games saw the Winsted Wildcats come to town for the two teams’ second match-up this year on July 7. Winsted is the top team in section 8B this season.
After shutting out the Wildcats in the top of the first inning, Riley Decker was first to reach for the Lakers. A fielder’s error helped him to advance around the bases and he was able to score after only two batters to put Maple Lake up early.
A three-up, three-down inning in the second looked as though it was going to repeat in the third when both of the first two Maple Lake batters struck out. But Graham Brown was able to single to keep the inning alive. He was able to make it into scoring position but was left stranded on third.
The fourth was scoreless for both teams although Chad Raiche, after watching four balls go by, reached second on a sacrifice from Nate Johnson but was left on with the third out.
Dusty Decker was walked to begin the fifth inning and was moved to second with Tyler Decker's single. Brown hit a sacrifice to score Dusty and an RBI double from Riley brought Tyler in as well. Another strikeout for the Wildcat’s pitcher ended the inning with Riley still on second.
Now down by three, Winsted’s top of the order got to work, chipping away at the Lakers’ lead. The Wildcats’ lead-off man was walked with the next three batters hitting singles to bring one in. A sacrifice from the number five man brought in another run and yet another single brought in the third and final run of the inning to tie things up.
After preventing the Wildcats from putting a man on base with only three batters in the sixth, the Lakers failed to connect in the bottom of the inning when Winsted's pitcher retired all three Maple Lake batters on his own.
With the score still tied after the seventh, the Lakers took the field in hopes of holding the Wildcats. The first batter for Winsted singled to make it on base and put himself into scoring position by stealing second. The next batter connected for a single and a sacrifice from further down the line-up scored what would be the winning run for the Wildcats. 
Neither team scored in the following two innings as Maple Lake fell to Winsted, 3-4. 
“We faced the best pitcher we’ve seen all year,” Decker said. “We had 14 strikeouts but it’s not like we weren’t aggressive, he’s just a good pitcher.”
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