The Waconia Lakers got an outstanding performance from Concordia-St. Paul recruit Josh Lenz. He threw a complete game 6 hitter and struck out 6 against Crow River North rival Watertown Red Devils. "I felt like Curt Schilling when he had the bloody sock; my finger was bleeding, but I knew my teammates needed me," Lenz said. The Lakers got on the board in the top of the 4th after a lead-off walk to Ben Smothers, Ronnie Olson singled to right moving Ben Smothers to third and an error on Watertown allowed Smothers to score. Jeremy Salden then hit a line drive to right center to score Olson for the Lakers to go up 2-0. Watertown scored one in the bottom half of the inning on a sac fly, but after that Josh Lenz got the Lakers out of all of Watertown's scoring opportunities. "I told my daddy we would win the game for him because it's Father's Day, so I'm happy we did it," Eric Aeling said after the close game. The Lakers are now 11-2 on the season and play the Carver Black Sox on Wednesday.
The Waconia Lakers bout against the Green Isle Irish went the Irish's way as they lost 8-2. With Ryan Naughton on the mound Green Isle got off to a quck 2-0 lead in the first inning with the help of 2 Laker errors. After Green Isle added a run in the top of the 4th the Lakers struck back with 2 of their own. Robbie Smothers started the inning with a double down the left field line. A Dan Butz single scored a run and then Ben Smothers reach on an error that scored Butz. Two runs was all the Lakers could get on 11 hits off of Green Isle starter Cody Hallahan. The Lakers could not find the big hit all night, instead hitting into 3 double plays. Robbie Smothers, Dan Butz and Tom Lyons both had a couple hits on the night. Craig LaPlante almost had two hits, if not for a questionable call in the final inning. The umpire was asked about the call and had this to say, "I may have missed a few calls on the night, but at least Craig and I will be lifelong friends." The Lakers next game is at Watertown on Sunday at 2:00 pm.
The Lakers got back to their winning ways on Tuesday night with a 10-5 victory over the Young America Cardinals. The Lakers got on the board first scoring in the top of the 2nd inning on a sac fly by Jeff Chrest scoring Jeremy Salden, who led off the inning with a walk. After YA tied it up the Lakers scored in three consecutive innings going up 8-1, with the biggest hit coming from Tom "Train" Lyons hitting a moonshot over the left center fence for a two-run home run. "I only hit homeruns at Young America's field, period," Lyons exclaimed in the dugout. Evan Buhr got his 4th win for the Lakers and looked sharp until YA scraped a couple hits together threatening to make a comeback in the bottom of the 7th inning. Ronnie Olson relieved Buhr with the bases loaded and nobody out and gave up a hit that scored two runs but then shut the door for the rest of the game getting the save. The Lakers added a couple insurance runs in the 9th to take a final lead of 10-5. The Lakers ended the night with 18 hits getting 3 from Tom "Train" Lyons and Ronnie Olsen. The Smothers brothers, Craig LaPlante and Jeremy Salden had multi-hit games of their own with R. Smothers and Salden knocking in two runs. Robbie Smothers had this to say after the game, "I felt like we were mosquitos out there tonight and YA forgot their bug spray." Waconia is now 10-1 on the season and 8-1 in the Crow River Valley Leauge. The Lakers play at home on Friday against Green Isle, who is currently on top of the South division standings.
The Waconia Lakers took down the defending Class B champs Friday night then followed up with their first loss of the season on Saturday. Waconia took down the State Champion Victoria Vics on Friday evening, in which Chris Bullis went all 9 innings only giving up 9 earned runs in the win. His bat was key driving in 4 runs on two base hits, including one double. Jeremy Salden had 3 hits with a monster Solo home run. "It was my first home run in 2 years because my back has been really sore," Salden said. It was a back and forth batttle early in the game, but the Lakers started to pull away until a Victoria 3-run home run in the bottom of the ninth. With two outs and the game on the line Chris Bullis got the last out of the game. "I knew my 140th pitch would be my best," Bullis yelled walking off the mound with the victory.
Waconia took its first loss of the season on Saturday against the New Germany Dutchmen. The Lakers got off to a slow start not scoring until the 5th inning with a 2 run base hit from Ben Smothers. The Lakers then struck again in the 8th, with two men on and a ground ball to third the third baseman threw it away allowing one runner to score, but the next runner was thrown out at home keeping the score at 4-3. In the 9th inning with Lakers on 1st and 2nd and two outs, Jeremy Salden looked to have tied the game with a single to right, until the New Germany right fielder sprawled out to catch the ball inches before hitting the ground to end the game. Steve Mielke seduced the Laker batters for all 9 innings caputuring the win for New Germany. "I felt like a kid again today," Mielke said after the game. Josh Lenz took the loss pitching 7 innings in his first appearance for the Lakers. Kevin Bullis was the lone bright spot supplying 3 hits in the game.