|Posted Oct 21/13 - Postseason Awards|
The 2013 Postseason awards have been handed out to the Lakers.
MVP - Jeremy Salden - This is Jeremy's first MVP award. Jeremy batted 333 with 20 rbi's 14 runs scored and one home run. "I have been waiting 34 years for this award. It really is a dream come true."
Pitcher of the Year - Evan Buhr - Evan's first year with the Lakers was a success. He went 7-1 and threw 57 innings with a 2.83 era and a whopping 31 strikeouts. "Such an honor being in the same list of former Laker POY's as Chris Bullis and Peter Brown, I just love baseball."
Sportsmanship Award - Kevin Bullis - Kevin's hard work and training regimen allowed him to be an easy choice to win the award. "I work out upper body for a reason and now I know what that reason is."
|Posted Oct 1/13 - Possibility of New Laker Grandstand|
|Posted Aug 11/13 - Laker Season Ends|
|The Waconia Lakers season ended in a 6-5 loss to the Brownton Bruins. "The fat lady sung," Chris Bullis said as the Lakers walked off the field in defeat. This ends the streak of back to back state tournament appearances. The Lakers finished the season with a 20-8 record. "301 days until next season," Lakers star shortstop Ben Smothers shouted at the top of his lungs to conclude a respectable season.
|Posted Aug 4/13 - Lakers Still Alive for State Tournament|
|The Waconia Lakers are still in the hunt for a State Tournament berth after the first weekend of the CRVL Regional Tournament. The Lakers started hot on Friday night vs. the Young America Cardinals. In the bottom of the first Ben Smothers and Ronnie Olson had back to back singles to start the inning. Chris Bullis then reached on an error scoring Smothers for the first run of the game, which was followed by back to back walks to put the Lakers up 2-0. After a YA run in the second the Lakers had a 4 run inning in the 4th started by a Robbie Smothers lead off home run. "Kevin Bullis showed me how to hit a home run at batting practice, so I give all the credit to him," Smothers commented on his first career Laker home run. The Lakers had rbi's from Nick Litfin, Olson and Train Lyons to go up 6-1 in the 4 run 4th. The score stayed stagnant as YA was baffled by Chris Bullis' pitching. "I was happy to get my first league win of the season," Bullis said. He went all 9 innings giving up one earned run and striking out 9. Lyons, Olson and B. Smothers all had multiple hit games.
The Lakers outhit the Plato Blue Jays, but fell 6-1 Sunday afternoon. The Lakers got on the board first after a Jeff Chrest double, Ronnie Olson drove him in with a single up the middle. Evan Buhr was perfect through 5 innings until Plato had back to back hits tying the game at 1 a piece. The following inning a lead-off drag bunt led to an inside the park home run consisting of 3 Laker errors. The Lakers stranded a runner on 2nd in the top of the 8th and then a grand slam by Plato in the bottom half pushed the lead to 5 and Plato punched their ticket to the State tournament. Jeremy Salden led the Laker offense with 2 hits. "We hit the ball really well, but they kept making diving plays," Josh Lenz said after the game. The Lakers now play Friday night against Brownton at 8:00 pm in Glencoe. The winner of the match-up will be granted a state berth.
|Posted Jul 26/13 - Lakers Sweep Saints|
|The Waconia Lakers were clicking on all cyclinders on their way to sweep the St. Boni Saints in the best of three series on Friday night. The Lakers got on the board early on a rbi single from Jeremy Salden in the first. The Lakers managed to score 4 runs in both the 5th and 7th inning to put the game at 10-0 for a 7 inning shortened game. Ryan Naughton threw a complete game 4 hitter and struck out 9 in his dominant performance. "I wanted to pitch well in the last home game; home games are the best," Naughton said. Nine Lakers had hits led by Ronnie Olson, who had 2 bone crushing singles and a double. Peter Brown also had three hits and 2 rbi's. Ben Smothers and Jeremy Salden each had two hits on the night. With the win the Lakers advanced to the CRVL regional tournament. "I'm happy and to win and get to go out to downtown Waconia," Train Lyons said cracking open a beer. The Lakers will play Young America at 8:00 pm in Glencoe for the first round of the tournament.