What they lacked in games last week, the Waconia Lakers made up for in runs. Collecting 10 runs on nine hits, the Lakers made quick work of Mayer at home on Wednesday, June 11, downing the Blazers in an eight-inning 10-0 shut out.
Jeff Chrest carried the Laker offense with three hits and five RBIs in his four at bats. He started his campaign in the second inning, on a 2-run RBI double to give the Lakers a 3-0 lead. Waconia would post four runs in the second and another four in the third on another 2-run hit from Chrest, this time an RBI single.
Waconia led 8-0 after three innings and made it 9-0 in the fifth, before sealing the game with a tenth run in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The Blazers struggled at the plate, collecting just three hits. Waconia, on the other hand, scored its 10 runs on nine hits, while capitalizing on the Blazers’ seven defensive errors. The Lakers had no errors.
Chris Bullis picked up the win for the Lakers, throwing six innings and allowing three hits while striking out eight.
“Chris Bullis threw a lot of strikes and our defense made all the plays,” Ronnie Olson said of the game. “We were helped out by some defensive miscues by Mayer, to allow us to have a couple big innings.”
Olson threw the final two innings for Waconia, striking out three.
Behind Chrest’s three hits and five RBIs, which Olson called Chrest’s “best game as a Laker this year,” Nick Hukriede scored three runs on three walks. Hits also came from Robbie Smothers (RBI), Ben Smothers (2 RBI), Kevin Bullis, Chris Bullis, Olson, and Jeremy Salden.
Now at 8-2 this season, the Lakers continue to lead the CRVL’s North division by two games over Winsted.
The Blazers sat at 2-7 after Wednesday’s game and are fifth in the CRVL North over New Germany and St. Boni.
The Lakers are already in the midst of a busy week, having hit the road earlier this week against Watertown and Chaska. Monday’s game in Watertown was postponed due to weather. Waconia will play Montgomery at Hamburg this Friday evening and will face a to-be-determined team Saturday afternoon at Green Isle’s Irish Yard. The Lakers will return to Hamburg to face the hometown Hawks on Wednesday, June 25. Waconia’s next home game is Friday, June 27 against Brownton at 7:30 p.m.
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