PJ Johnson has been ably handling the catching duties for the Lakers while Dylan Alexander recovers from an injury.
Photo by Mark Beasley

May 3 at Marthaler Field

Minnewaska 14 

West Central 1

The Minnewaska baseball team began the week with an unexpected home game on Tuesday. The Lakers were scheduled to play at West Central, but muddy fields at Barrett forced the game to move to Marthaler Field. 

The Lakers played the game as the visitors and batted first. The Minnewaska offense was consistent, scoring in every inning. Jacob Blair and Jack Majerus each singled and scored in the first inning and the Lakers were off and running.

Minnewaska finished with a flourish, scoring six times in the final inning while getting only one base hit.

Jack Larson and Hunter Johnson handled the pitching chores, with Larson going two innings in his first start of the year and Johnson tossing the final five innings. 

Lakers  221 111 6 –  14 12 0

WCA    100 000 0 –  1   4  6

HITTING – Minnewaska:

Jacob Blair 2-5 r-2 rbi, Torii Johnson 3-5 r-2 rbi-2, Jack Majerus 1-4 r-2 rbi-3, Jack Larson 1-3 2b r, PJ Johnson 1-3 rbi-2, Noah Jensen 101 rbi-3, Nathan Dell 1-3 2b r, Hunter Johnson 1-3 r, Logan Rood 1-1, Cole Baker 0-1 r, Connor Stein 0-2 r-2, Blake Andreas  0-0 r  

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so)

Jack Larson (W) 2-1-1-1-4-3

Hunter Johnson  5-0-0-0-0-8

May 5 at Sauk Centre

Sauk Centre 3 Minnewaska 2 

On Thursday the Lakers traveled to Sauk Centre for a much-awaited rematch with the Mainstreeters. 

In the first meeting, played on April 28, Minnewaska walked-off Sauk Centre in a 3-2 home win.

The roles were reversed on Thursday, with Sauk Centre getting the walk-off win by the same score. The Mainstreeters scored twice in the bottom of the seventh after the Lakers had just broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the inning.

The loss was the first of the season for the Lakers after six straight wins to open the year. 

Lakers         100 000 1 – 2 7 2 

Sauk Centre 000 100 2 – 3 7 4

HITTING – Minnewaska:

Torii Johnson 2-4 r, Jack Majerus 2-4, Jack Larson 2-3 2b rbi, PJ Johnson 1-3 rbi, Blake Andreas  0-0 r 

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so)

PJ Johnson      5-4-1-0-2-5

Jacob Blair (L) 1.2-3-2-1-1-2 

May 6 at Osakis

Minnewaska 10 Osakis 5 

The Lakers wrapped up the week on a sunny evening in Osakis, looking to get back on the winning track.

Jacob Blair led the game off with a walk and scored on a two-out RBI single by Jack Larson. 

The Silverstreaks tied the game in the bottom of the first, but the Lakers pushed across three more runs in the top of the second inning. Nathan Dell and Alex Panitzke reached base, then scored on another two-out single, this time by Torii Johnson.

Minnewaska put the game away in the top of the fourth, scoring five times to take a 9-1 lead. Three walks and an error by Osakis contributed to the big inning, along with a single by Jack Majerus, plating a run. PJ Johnson stroked a double that allowed Majerus and Larson to cross the plate to cap off the inning.

Torii Johnson pitched six innings to get the win, the seventh on the season for the Lakers, against just one loss.

Weather permitting, Minnewaska is scheduled to play six games this week, starting on Monday with a game at New London-Spicer. On Tuesday and Thursday the Lakers will play home doubleheaders. Tuesday the Lakers will host Melrose. On Thursday BOLD will be the opponent. On Saturday the Lakers host Fergus Falls. Minnewaska has a deep pitching staff and that will be tested in the upcoming week.     

Lakers  130 500 1 – 10 7 5 

Osakis  100 030 1 –  5 8 2

HITTING – Minnewaska:

Jacob Blair 1-4 r rbi, Torii Johnson 2-4 2b r-2 rbi, Jack Majerus 2-4 r rbi-3 rbi, Jack Larson 1-3 r rbi-3, PJ Johnson 1-3 2b rbi-2, Logan Rood 0-0 r, Nathan Dell 0-1 r-2, Alex Panitzke 0-1 r-2  

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so)

Torii Johnson (W) 6-4-4-2-5

Alex Panitzke        1-2-1-1-0-1