With summer having finally arrived, the Waconia Lakers went 2-1 last week by picking up victories New Germany and Watertown. The Lakers also fell to Plato.
Waconia is currently 14-3 this season and is second in the Crow River Valley League North division, just one-half game behind Winsted.
Waconia 6, New Germany 0
New Germany had given the Lakers their first loss of the season back on June 8, and Waconia was hoping to turn the tables June 25 at home. The Lakers took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, before posting one run in the fifth and three in the sixth. The final run in the bottom of the eighth would seal the deal for Waconia.
Stellar pitching from Ryan Naughton held the Dutchmen at bay, as he threw nine scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts. He gave up eight hits and one walk.
Dan Butz led the Lakers, going 2-3 at the plate with two singles, three stolen bases, two RBIs, and scoring two runs himself. Kevin Bullis, Kodey Simon, and Peter Brown were all 2-4 on the day, with Brown knocking in an RBI. Ronnie Olson (2) and Jeremy Salden (1) also contributed RBIs.
Plato 4, Waconia 1
Perhaps tired from the night before, the Lakers fell 4-1 to Plato on June 26. Although both teams had seven hits, the Lakers were unable to string their together for runs, except for one in the eighth inning. The game ended with the Lakers’ bases loaded.
Jeff Chrest and Simon were both 2-4 at the plate, while Nick Litfin, Butz, and Bullis each had a hit.
Chris Bullis took the loss for Waconia, giving up two costly home runs which scored the Bluejays four runs. Bullis gave up five other hits and struck out four.
Waconia 6, Watertown 3
Good things can be said of the Lakers’ June 30 game against Watertown. The Red Devils would go up early 2-0 after an inning and a half, but solid hitting from Waconia led to six runs in innings two, three, and four.
Eleven hits came off the Lakers’ bat, compared to Watertown’s five. Robbie Smothers was hot at the plate, hitting 3-4 with two singles, a double, an RBI, and also scoring a run. Salden and Litfin were both 2-3, with Litfin scoring twice.
Ben Smothers was 1-4, but made the one hit count with a triple. Olson, Bullis, and LaPlante each had a hit, with Bullis knocking in two Laker RBIs.
Evan Buhr took the mound for Waconia, earning his sixth victory as a Laker this season. Buhr tossed all nine innings, giving up three runs (one earned) on five hits. He struck out four and walked three.
The Lakers are off this weekend to enjoy the July 4 holiday, but return to host both Mayer (July 9) and Hamburg (July 12) next week.
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