Lakers take down Watertown, YA, fall to Green Isle

The Waconia Lakers went 2-1 last week, including a Crow River Valley League North divisional win over Watertown on Sunday.

The week began June 11 with a rescheduled game against Young America, which the Lakers won 10-5 thanks to 18 hits.

“Young America has been playing really well this year, which made it a nice victory on the road,” Ronnie Olson said.

Tom Lyons gave the Lakers a considerable lead with a two-run homer in the middle innings, his first of the season. Lyons was 3-5 on the day with two singles to compliment his home run.

Olson was also 3-5 with two singles and a double, while Craig LaPlante (2-5), Jeremy Salden (2-4), and Ben Smothers (2-4) also had multi-hit nights.

Evan Buhr threw six innings for Waconia, striking out four batters and walking four, while allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits. Olson relieved Buhr and struck out six during his three innings, while giving up three hits.

Five Waconia errors contributed to the Lakers’ 8-2 loss against Green Isle on June 14, despite 11 hits by the Lakers. Unfortunately for Waconia, those hits were too evenly distributed to score any runs except for two in the fifth inning thanks to a leadoff double by Robbie Smothers, a single from Dan Butz, and Ben Smothers, who reached on error. During the game, the Lakers batted into three double plays.

Butz (2-4), Robbie Smothers (2-4) and Tom Lyons (2-3) led the Waconia offense, while Kodey Simon, Salden, LaPlante, Jeff Chrest, and Olson each had hits.

Olson said the team knew Green Isle was going to be a good game, but that the Lakers were somewhat disappointed in their execution.

“We made a lot of mistakes and couldn’t get the clutch hit when we needed it,” he said.

Ryan Naughton pitched seven innings for Waconia, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on 12 hits. He struck out four. Ben Smothers relieved and gave up two hits.

Recent Waconia graduate Josh Lenz threw a complete game for the Lakers in their 2-1 victory at Watertown on June 16. Lenz allowed one earned run on six hits. He walked four and struck out six.

“He was able to keep the Watertown batters off balance and we played good defense, which was crucial in a low-scoring game,” Olson said.

On the flip side, Watertown’s Justin Kohls threw strikes and kept the Lakers off the bases as well, with only three Waconia hits.

Salden was 1-3 with a single and the team’s lone RBI, while Simon had a double (1-3), and Olson was 1-4.

“It was a big win after losing Friday night and it was against a North Division opponent,” Olson said.

The Lakers are 11-2 this season and will play in the Green Isle/Hamburg tournament this weekend. Their first game is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on June 21 against the Montgomery Mallards. Waconia is set to face Chanhassen/Avon on Saturday with the possibility of two games on Sunday.

The Lakers will return to host the Dutchmen of New Germany on June 25 before playing Plato at Glencoe June 26.

Contact Melissa Marohl at melissa.marohl@ecm-inc.com

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