Lakers suffer third loss

By Melissa Marohl, Sports Writer

With all the rain these last few weeks, it’s been difficult for the Waconia Lakers to stay on schedule. They made it through only four innings on June 17 against Hamburg before calling the game.

The Lakers only other game last week was a 5-4 loss at Watertown on June 14. The Lakers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the third inning, off a walk by Kevin Bullis, who then stole second, followed by a single from Ben Smothers and a double by Ronnie Olson. Jeremy Salden later drove in Olson to give the Lakers the 3-0 lead.

The Red Devils scored all five of their runs in the fourth inning. Watertown scored their runs on two hits, two walks, two batters hit by pitches, and a Laker error that head coach Mike Bullis said "looked like we’d get out of the inning with no runs given up."

Bullis said starting pitcher Cole Hytjan experienced some "unusual wildness" on the mound, with five walks and four batters hit by pitches in his three and two-thirds innings. Chris Bullis relieved Hytjan for the final four and one-third innings, giving up three hits.

In the seventh inning, Kevin Bullis walked and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice. Chris Bullis hit him home to make it a 5-4 game. The Lakers were unable to create any more runs and the Watertown emerged victorious in the 5-4 contest.

Chris Bullis led the Lakers at the plate, with two of the team’s eight hits. Also collecting hits for the Lakers was Smothers, Olson, Salden, Nick Litfin, Kevin Bullis, and Peter Brown, each with one hit.

The Lakers are now 9-3 this season after collecting wins over Carver, Cologne, St. Boni, Glencoe, Mayer, Winsted, New Germany, Norwood, and Winsted.

Two of the team’s three losses have been at the hands of the Red Devils. The other was to Brownton.

The Lakers made up the Hamburg game on Wednesday, June 20. Details of that contest were not available when this issue went to press. Coming up, the Lakers will compete in the Green Isle tournament this weekend before returning home on Tuesday.