The Waconia Lakers may not have had the week of games they’d hoped for, but the one game they did play earned them a win: a 4-3 victory over Carver. The Lakers were also slated to play in the Hamburg/Green Isle tournament over the weekend, but after a host of storms Friday night with only a few games underway, the entire tournament was cancelled due to wet fields.
Earlier in the week, however, Waconia defeated Carver 4-3 at home on June 19.
Team manager Ronnie Olson said the Black Sox of Carver have been hitting their stride as of late.
“Carver is a team on the upswing this year as they have beaten some good teams so far,” he said. “We were able to get an early lead and hold their offense off with productive innings from Evan Buhr and Peter Brown.”
Buhr threw six innings for Waconia, allowing just one run on three hits. He struck out four, walked three, and would be awarded the win. Brown relieved Buhr for the final three innings, giving up two runs on five hits. He struck out three, walked one, and earned the save.
Solid Laker pitching was complimented by a solid night at the plate for Waconia. Craig LaPlante was 3-4 with two doubles and a single, including a two-run double in the third inning.
“Craig LaPlante was barreling up everything he saw and had three big hits on the night,” Olson said.
Tom Lyons was 2-3 at the plate with an RBI, while Robbie Smothers, Olson, Ben Smothers, Jeff Chrest, and Brown each picked up a hit.
The Lakers are now 12-2 this season and currently lead the Crow River Valley League’s North division. Both Winsted and Watertown are just half a game back. Waconia will host Watertown on Sunday, June 30. After a break for the Fourth of July, the Lakers will return to host Mayer and Hamburg on July 9 and 12.
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