Class C roundup Sunday in Hamburg: Maple Lake patiently puts away Milroy

By Nick Gerhardt

ScoreMonster Contributor

news@mnbaseball.org

Good things come to those who wait, right?

After getting rained out Friday evening in Hamburg, Maple Lake and Milroy finally got to meet Sunday though the rain remained persistent.

The Lakers proved just as persistent in their 4-0 victory over the Irish at Hawk Field in Hamburg. 

Maple Lake didn’t collect its first hit of the game until the top of the fifth inning and by the end of the inning held a 2-0 lead on just one hit.

Maple Lake grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning behind a pair of Milroy fielding errors and a walk. Luke Fobbe drew a one-out walk and scored after back-to-back errors. 

Riley Decker led off the fifth inning with a single to right field and after a sacrifice bunt and a ground out to first, scored on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 2-0. 

Donnie Mavencamp doubled in the top of the sixth inning after Ben Clapp and Hunter Malachek singled with one out. Clapp scored on the double while Malachek got held at third. The Lakers could’ve scored more but Matt Bergstrom lined out at first base to prevent more runs and Logan Orazem flew out to left to end the inning.

Ben Reilley hit a lead off double to start the seventh and moved to third on a ground out before a balk call brought him in to extend the lead to 4-0. 

Reilley threw the first five innings for Maple Lake and allowed four hits, walked one and struck out five. Buffalo draftee Eric Newman threw three innings of scoreless relief. He allowed two hits and walked one while striking out five.

Mavencamp finished 1-for-4 and had the game’s only RBI. Reilley also went 1-for-4 with a double and a run. 

Bo Priegnitz went six innings for the Irish, who returned to state for the first time since 2017, and allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits. He walked two and struck out four.

Maple Lake will face Region 6 champion Jordan Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in Chaska.

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