Three wins last week have put the Waconia Lakers on a seven-game win streak headed into the Fourth of July weekend and a well-deserved break for the team.
Waconia hasn’t lost a game since June 17 and picked up a trio of wins last week over Hamburg, Brownton, and Mayer. The Lakers’ bats were as hot as the weather all week as Waconia collected 34 runs in three games, while only allowing eight total runs to be scored collectively by the Hawks, Bruins, and Blazers.
Waconia is now 15-3 this season and continues to lead the CRVL North division at 11-1 over Winsted (9-2) and Watertown).
Waconia 12, Hamburg 2
The Waconia Lakers made quick work of the Hamburg Hawks on the road last week, taking down the Hawks in a 12-2 five-inning game June 25.
The Laker bats were hot in the first inning as Waconia took a 6-0 run before the first Hamburg pitcher was pulled with two outs. Before the half-inning was out, the Lakers would take a 9-0 lead on eight hits. Ronnie Olson and Ben Smothers were both 2-2 during the inning.
Waconia capped its scoring with three more runs in the sixth inning, thanks to a two-run RBI double by Chris Bullis.
For the day, the Lakers collected 12 runs on 14 hits. Bullis was 3-5 with three RBIs, while Dan Butz was 3-4 with a double and two runs batted in. Smothers (2-5, 1 RBI), Olson (2-3, triple, 2 RBI), and Tom Lyons (2-5) also had multi-hit days, while additional hits came from Robbie Smothers and Jeremy Salden.
Waconia 10, Brownton 3
The Laker bats were still hot against Brownton on June 27, as Bullis threw seven innings to pick up the win and avenge last year’s season-ending loss to the Bruins. Kodey Simon closed for the Lakers, throwing the final two innings and keeping the Lakers on top.
“The Lakers took advantage of multiple fielding miscues by the Bruins,” Jeremy Salden said.
Waconia knocked down back-to-back singles to start the game, followed by a two-out single from Robbie Smothers and a 2-RBI single from Ryan Naughton allowed Waconia an early 3-0 lead after just one inning of play.
The Lakers capitalized on Brownton’s seven defensive errors to keep the batter’s box in full rotation throughout the night on their way to a 10-3 win.
“It felt good to beat them, since they ended our season last year,” Ronnie Olson said. “There’s a good chance we might see them in the regional.”
Robbie Smothers led the way with three hits, while Craig LaPlante, Ben Smothers, Olson, and Bullis each knocked down two hits. Robbie Smothers and Ben Smothers both had two RBIs a piece.
Waconia 12, Mayer 3
Waconia jumped out to an early 6-3 lead over the Blazers in Mayer on Sunday, June 29, adding another in the sixth for a 7-3 lead.
An explosive five-run eighth inning, bolstered by four walks, a Mayer error, and three Waconia hits, just continued to add padding to the Lakers’ lead and Waconia would handily take the 12-3 game.
Sixteen hits were collected on the game for Waconia, including an impressive seven doubles. Jeremy Salden led the way with a 4-6 day at the plate, including 2 RBIs and a double. Two-hit days came from Bullis (2-5, 3 RBI), Peter Brown (2-6, RBI, 2 doubles), and Nick Litfin (2-4, 2 doubles). The rest of the Laker hits were from Olson (double), Robbie Smothers, Kevin Bullis (double), Naughton, Jake Stevenson, and Josh Lenz. Additionally, the Lakers drew 10 walks from the Blazer pitching staff.
The Lakers’ Saturday game on June 28 was rained out, the second time this season for a Lakers/Saints match up. Waconia is busy the new few weeks, beginning with five games next week. The stretch starts on the road at Glencoe on Tuesday, July 8 before the Lakers return home for a long weekend against Watertown on Thursday (7:30 p.m.), Carver and St. Boni in back-to-back games on Saturday, July 12 (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.), and Plato on Sunday in a 1 p.m. game.
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