• THE LAKERS ARE 17-1 ON THE SEASON AND 14-0 IN THE UPPER 13 LEAGUE
  • THE LAKERS ARE RANKED 3RD IN THE STATE OF WISCONSIN BY JACK O' DIAMONDS
  • THE LAKERS HAVE SCORED 152 RUNS AND ALLOWED ONLY 36 IN 18 GAMES THIS SEASON
  • THE LAKERS HAVE GIVEN UP 1 RUN OR LESS IN 10 OF 18 GAMES THIS SEASON
  • TEAM BA- .325 ----- TEAM OBP- .433 ----- TEAM ERA- 1.54 ----- TEAM WHIP- 1.12

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The Lakers were established in 2004 by Adam and Kyle Peterson. The Lakers play their home games at Morrie Arnovich Field in Superior, WI. The team is apart of the Wisconsin Baseball Association and plays in the Upper 13 League that comprises of the Oulu Blue Jays, Twin Ports North Stars, Ashland Merchants, Port Wing Boilers, Duluth Padres, Ashland C&S Design, and the Marenisco Milltowners. Many of players for the Lakers play their college baseball at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. The Lakers have made the WBA Playoff appearances in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 and their first and only WBA State Tournament appearance was in 2006. The Lakers were Upper 13 League Champions in 2005, West Division Champions in 2010, 2011 and Runners-Up in 2004, 2006 and 2009. The Lakers close out the 2011 regular season with a 121-62 overall record over 8 seasons which is good for a .661 winning %







LAKERS HEAD TO WBA STATE TOURNAMENT

By Ken Olson

kolson@superiortelegram.com

HAYWARD — Taylor Olson’s walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Superior Lakers a 6-5 win over the Hayward Hawks and a berth in this weekend’s Wisconsin Baseball Association State Tournament in Coon Valley.

The Lakers (16-0) will now play the Onalaska A’s, who defeated the Eau Claire Bears 21-1 at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in one quarterfinal game.

The other state quarterfinal games are Chaseburg Coon Valley vs. River Falls, Rib Lake vs. Osceola and Beef River vs. Everest.

Josh Foreman picked up the complete-game victory for Superior Sunday before a crowd of 300 at Larry Somerville Field, allowing seven hits with four walks and six strikeouts.

After an unearned run allowed Hayward to tie the game at 5-5 in the fourth inning, Foreman pitched scoreless ball over the final five innings. He also retired nine straight batters during that stretch, which ended with a two-out walk in the seventh inning.

Hayward threatened to score in the eighth inning when Nick Hastedt reached on an error. But after a fly out, Hastedt was erased from the bases when Laker catcher Brian Burman threw him out attempting to steal second.

Foreman got out of another jam in the ninth inning when back-to-back two-out errors and a walk loaded the bases for Hayward. The game ended with Foreman getting Jake Lundquist to ground out.

“Josh dove for a ball in center field two weeks ago and has a possible separation in his throwing shoulder, so to do what he did today was amazing,” said Lakers manager Kyle Peterson. “His first four innings didn’t go well by his standards, but when our team needed him the most, he gutted one out for us and is a big reason we are in the state tournament.”

Olson led the Lakers offensively, going 3-for-5 with four RBIs.

Peterson and Bob Eastman added two hits each, Kellen McCoshen doubled, Cory Verhel singled and Burman knocked in a run on fielder’s choice.

“I’ve coached Taylor at Superior High School for the past few seasons and I’m well aware of how good of a hitter he is,” Peterson said. “He was moved into our No. 3 hole in the lineup for playoffs because he’s been one of, if not our most, consistent hitters and comes up big in big situations.”

Jay Poplin led Hayward with a two-run double and an RBI single. Lundquist added a two-run single, Tom Danczyk knocked in a run on a fielder’s choice, Keith Heinz singled twice and Hastedt singled once.

Lundquist suffered the loss for Hayward. He took over in the third inning with the Hawks trailing 5-4 and only allowed two hits until Olson’s game-winner. Lundquist, a tournament pick-up from Cumberland, finished with one strikeout and two walks.

Matt Anderson, the starting pitcher for Hayward, allowed five runs and seven hits while striking out two and walking two.

Hayward took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Kyle Cummings singled and scored on Poplin’s double.

The Lakers took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first when Orry Engebretsen and Cory Wilander walked and scored on Olson’s single and Burman’s ground ball, respectively.

Hayward made it 2-2 in the top of the second as Hastedt singled and eventually scored on Danczyk’s fielder’s choice.

Superior took a 5-2 lead with three runs in the bottom of the second. After Eastman doubled and McCoshen singled, the first run came in when Brent Engstrom’s fly ball to right field was dropped. After Engebretsen’s sac bunt moved Engstrom to second, two more runs came in on Olson’s single.

Hayward tied it up in the fourth inning as Heinz singled and scored on Poplin’s single.

Pitching was the name of the game the rest of the way as the Lakers were retired in order by Lundquist in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings and only sent four batters to the plate in the sixth and eighth innings.

Chris Musser led off Superior’s half of the ninth inning by reaching on an error. After Engebretsen’s fielder’s choice and a walk to Cory Wilander, Engebretsen stole third to set up Olson’s game-winning hit between the third baseman and shortstop.

The Lakers will be playing in their second WBA State Tournament in the past eight years.

“I’ve been playing and managing the Lakers for eight seasons now and I’ve only been there once prior to this season,” Peterson said. “It was short-lived as we lost the first game to Sparta 3-2 in extra innings back in 2006. I would love to make a deep run with this group of guys and play on Sunday in the championship game and just see what happens.

“We picked up Corey Verhel, who played for the Bayside Vipers for the past 13 seasons, and Bob Eastman, who we drafted from the Duluth Padres and has played amateur baseball for 12 seasons. Neither of them has been to the state tournament, so I’m thrilled that we came through for those two players as they have put in their time on the baseball diamond. I guess we’ll just see what happens in the upcoming weekend.”

NOTES: Hayward advanced after scoring six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat Chippewa Falls 7-6 Friday night. The Hawks’ winning run came on a bases-loaded walk. … There will be a new WBA state champion this year as the defending champion Haugen Knights were upset Friday night by Osceola 5-3 in 15 innings at Osceola. … In other local action Saturday night, the Oulu Blue Jays lost to River Falls 6-2 in Osceola and the Twin Ports North Stars fell 3-2 to the Everest Merchants in Osseo. Twin Ports led 2-1 until Everest scored twice in the bottom of the ninth inning.

 

 

Lakers 10, Hornets 5

The Lakers advanced to the district championship game with win over the Haugen Hornets Saturday afternoon.

Adam Zwak was the winning pitcher. He worked the first eight innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and four walks while striking out four. Michael Stocke got two outs in the ninth inning, but walked three and struck out one before giving way to Ryan Myhre, who struck out the only batter he faced to end the game.

Superior led 10-1 until Haugen scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning. The Hornets threatened to score more runs by loading the bases, but Myhre got the Lakers out of the jam with his strikeout.

The Lakers had 12 hits, including a home run, double and two RBIs from Brian Burman.

Eastman hit an RBI double and singled; Engebretsen singled twice and stole two bases; Verhel doubled and knocked in two runs; Joe Coppas and Musser hit RBI doubles; Wilander hit a run-scoring single and Peterson and McCoshen singled.

Steve Aune was 3-for-5 to lead Haugen. Brandon Johns also singled twice and knocked in two runs and Greg Aune was 2-for-4.

Justin Everson, Greg Aune and Calleb Pierce pitched for Haugen, allowing 12 hits with five walks and five strikeouts.

Haugen took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Steve Aune singled and scored on Everson’s sac fly.

The Lakers took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first. After Engebretsen singled and Wilander was hit by a pitch, they moved up a base on Olson’s sac bunt then scored on a wild pitch and Burman’s sac fly.

Burman doubled and scored on Verhel’s ground out in the fourth inning, Coppas walked and eventually scored on Wilander’s single in the fifth for a 4-1 lead.

The Lakers opened the game up a bit with three runs in the sixth inning as Burman and Verhel reached on errors and scored on back-to-back RBI doubles by Coppas and Musser.

It went to 9-1 in the seventh on back-to-back doubles by Eastman and Verhel then to 10-1 in the eighth on Burman’s home run.

Haugen’s four runs in the ninth came thanks to three hits and four walks.

 

 

2011 WBA State Tournament

At Coon Valley

Friday, Aug. 19

Beef River Bullfrogs vs. Everest Merchants, 6:30 p.m.

Rib Lake Lakers vs. Osceola Braves, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 20

Chaseburg Coon Valley Blues vs. River Falls Fighting Fish, 10:30 a.m.

Superior Lakers vs. Onalaska A’s, 1:30 p.m.

Semifinals

RL-Osceola winner vs. BR-Everest winner, 4:30 p.m.

Superior-Onalaska winner vs. CCV-RF winner, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 21

Championship Game

Semifinal winners, noon

 

Wisconsin Baseball Association

District Tournaments

Aug. 12-14

At Hayward

Friday, Aug. 12

Hayward Hawks 7, Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks 6

Saturday, Aug. 13

Superior Lakers 10, Haugen Hornets 5

Sunday’s Championship Game

Superior Lakers 6, Hayward Hawks 5

At Rib Lake

Saturday, Aug. 13

Onalaska A’s def. Interwald Woodticks

Eau Claire Bears 10, Wausau River Hawks 0

Sunday’s Championship Game

Onalaska 21, E.C. Bears 1

At Osseo

Friday, Aug. 12

Chaseburg Coon Valley Blues 10, Osseo Merchants 0

Saturday, Aug. 13

Prescott 3, Merrill 0

Sunday’s Championship Game

CCV 3, Prescott 1

At Osceola

Saturday, Aug. 13

Grantsburg Honkers 7, Whitehall Wolves 5

River Falls Fighting Fish 6, Oulu Blue Jays 2

Sunday’s Championship Game

River Falls 12, Grantsburg 1

At Rib Lake

Friday, Aug. 12

Rib Lake 11, Spooner 0

Saturday, Aug. 13

Whittlesey Reds 10, Ashland Merchants 0

Sunday’s Championship Game

Rib Lake 10, Whittlesey Reds 5

At Osceola

Friday, Aug. 12

Osceola Braves 5, Haugen Knights 3, 15 innings

Saturday, Aug. 13

Elmwood 4, Sparta 0

Sunday’s Championship Game

Osceola Braves 9, Elmwood 0

At Hayward

Saturday, Aug. 13

Beef River Bullfrogs 1, Menomonie Eagles 0

La Crescent Cardinals 4, Brill Millers 3

Sunday’s Championship Game

Beef River 8, La Crescent 7

At Osseo

Saturday, Aug. 13

Tilden Tigers 4, Ellsworth Hubbers 3

Everest Merchants 3, Twin Ports North Stars 2

Sunday’s Championship Game

Everest 5, Tilden 3

 

 

LAKERS VOTED #1 OVERALL SEED IN WBA, FACE HAUGEN HORNETS IN ROUND 1

The Superior Lakers(15-1 overall, 14-0 U13 League) were voted pretty much unanimously as the #1 seed in the WBA playoffs. The Lakers draw an Independent League team, the Haugen Hornets as their first round match in Hayward on Saturday, August 13th at 1:30pm. This is the 3rd straight season the Lakers have matched up against a Independent League team(Brill-2009, Hayward-2010). Who the Lakers will draft and a playoff bracket run down to come.
 
 
 
 
 
 

LAKERS FINISH UPPER 13 LEAGUE UNBEATEN

The Superior Lakers finished off their Upper 13 League schedule this past weekend by beating the Ashland Merchants 14-1 on Friday evening and then shutting out the Duluth Padres 5-0 on Sunday afternoon.

Against the Merchants, Josh Foreman got the win by going 5 scoreless innings surrendering just 2 hits, walking 1 and striking out 7 batters. Chris Musser finished the last two innings for the Lakers allowing 1 run on 1 hit, walked 2, hit another and struck out 3. The Lakers offense pounded out 8 hits with Musser collecting 2 of them. Kyle Peterson was 1 for 1 with 3 RBI's as Orry Engebretsen, Cory Wilander, Taylor Olson, Jake Tokar, and Ryan Myhre each had a hit apiece to round out the Lakers offense.

With a win Friday, that left the Duluth Padres standing in the way of a perfect regular season but the Lakers came through on a complete game shut out by Ryan Myhre. Myhre scattered 4 hits, walked 1, hit 2 and struck out 10 to finish off his first Lakers start and win. The Lakers had 9 hits on the day with 2 coming from Peterson who had 2 RBI's and Musser with 2 hits and an RBI. Engebretsen had a single and 3 stolen bases to add on to his team leading 19 stolen bases in just 14 games while Brian Burman, Olson, Tokar and Joe Copas had a hit each.

The Lakers are now 15-1 overall on the season and finished 14-0 in the Upper 13 League. The Lakers will now wait until Tuesday night to find out who they play and where in the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs that are August 12-14th. The Lakers are sponsored by Aces on 29th, Superior Beverages and the Hallett Dock Company.





LAKERS STAY UNBEATEN, WIN UPPER 13 LEAGUE

The Superior Lakers beat the Oulu Blue Jays 4-1 on Sunday and the Twin Ports North Stars 5-2 on Monday to stay undefeated in the Upper 13 League at 12-0 and secure first place for the season.

The Lakers, Josh Foreman(1.29 ERA, 4-0) was the winning pitcher on Sunday going 7 innings, allowing 1 run on 2 hits, walked 2 and struck out 9. Cory Wilander(1.06 ERA, 3-0, 1SV) got the save going the last 2 innings allowing no runs on a hit and a walk with 3 strikeouts. The Lakers were led offensively by Kyle Peterson who had two hits and 2 RBI's. Taylor Olson, Orry Engebretsen and Wilander also had two hits apiece.

Adam Zwak(1.69 ERA, 4-0) got the win on Monday against Twin Ports going 7 innings allowing 1 run on 5 hits, walking 5 and striking out 9. Ryan Myhre(0.00 ERA, 1 SV) came in for the 2 inning save allowing a unearned run and struck out 4 while allowing just 1 hit. Taylor Olson led the Lakers offensively with 2 hits and 2 RBI's, Brian Burman had an 2-RBI single, Kyle Peterson had an RBI single, while Orry Engebretsen and Corey Verhel had a hit apiece.

The Lakers are 13-1 overall on the season and have qualified for the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs for their 6th time in 8 seasons and the 3rd time they have won the Upper 13 League. The Lakers have also placed 2nd three times. The Lakers are one of two teams in the state of Wisconsin that are still undefeated in their league play. The Lakers are now ranked 6th in the state of Wisconsin by Jack O' Diamonds WBA website. The Lakers next are in action this Friday night at Morrie Arnovich Field in Superior at 7pm and close out their regular season this Sunday at Bulldog Park at 1:30pm vs. the Duluth Padres.


Superior Lakers Roster:
#1- Orry Engebretsen (Duluth, MN)
#2- Taylor Olson (Superior, WI)
#4- Kyle Peterson (Superior, WI) *Manager
#7- Chris Musser (Eau Claire, WI)
#8- Jake Tokar (Poplar, WI)
#9- Michael Stocke (Hermantown, MN)
#12- Corey Verhel (Duluth, MN)
#13- Ryan Myhre (Superior, WI)
#16- Kyle Wilander (Superior, WI)
#17- Cory Wilander (Superior, WI)
#18- Brian Burman (Aitkin, MN)
#19- Rob Dembroski (Superior, WI)
#20- Joe Copas (Glencoe, MN)
#22- Adam Zwak (Duluth, MN)
#23- Brent Engstrom (Superior, WI)
#24- Kellen McCoshen (Superior, WI)
#33- Cam Stelljes (Apple Valley, MN)
#44- Josh Foreman (Shwano, WI)

Offensive Leaders:
Brian Burman- .457 avg, 6 doubles, 4 home runs, 30 RBI's
Orry Engebretsen- .413 avg, 23 runs scored, 10 RBI's, 15 stolen bases
Kyle Peterson- .400 avg, 4 doubles, 15 RBI's
Taylor Olson- .425 avg, 12 RBI's

Pitching Leaders:
Josh Foreman- 4-0 record, 28 innings, 1.29 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 31 strikeouts
Adam Zwak- 4-0 record, 1 save, 32 innings, 1.69 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 36 strikeouts
Michael Stocke- 2-1 record, 26.1 innings, 1.03 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 22 strikeouts
Cory Wilander- 3-0, 1 save, 17 innings, 1.06 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 20 strikeouts




LAKERS SWEEP WEEKEND, STAY UNBEATEN

The Superior Lakers took two important games this weekend as they defeated the Duluth Padres 8-1, and the Oulu Blue Jays 13-3 to move to 3-0 on the season and 3-0 in the Upper 13 League.

The Lakers handed the ball to Josh Foreman on Saturday against the Padres and he took it from there. Foreman got the win going 7 innings allowing 1 run(not earned) on 3 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 8 before handing the ball to Michael Stocke to finish out the game. Stocke pitched 2 scoreless innings surrendering 2 hits, a walk and struck out 4 in his Laker debut. The Lakers were led offensively by Orry Engebretsen who collected 3 singles, 1 RBI, 1 walk, and a stolen base. Brian Burman only had one hit but it was a big one as he cleared the base with a double and added a sac fly to knock in 4 runs on the day.

On Sunday, the Lakers traveled to Oulu, WI to take on the Blue Jays and they took care of business in a hurry. The Lakers pounded out 11 hits and scored 13 runs to 10-run the Blue Jays in 7 innings. Engebretsen and Rob Dembroski each had two hits apiece as Orry had a 3-RBI triple as Dembroski knocked in a run on a double. Adam Zwak pitched his second complete game of the season allowing 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 5 and struck out 12. Zwak now 2-0 on the season and has 18 strikeouts in two games.

The Lakers are back in action this Friday night against the Duluth Xpress at 7pm in Cloquet, MN. The Lakers have announced that they will withdraw from the "Hull Rust" tournament on June 17-19th due to lack of players available to play. The Lakers had won the "Hull Rust" the last two seasons but will not be able to defend their trophy in 2011.





BURMANS HOMER SENDS LAKERS OVER THE NORTH STAR

The 2011 season kicked off for the Superior Lakers on Sunday as they defeated the Twin Ports North Stars 7-3 in their first ever meeting. Adam Zwak got the win for the Lakers going all 9 innings only allowing 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 6, hit 3 others and struck out 6 batters. But the real star of the show was Brian Burman who smashed a 3-run home run to power the Lakers offense over the North Stars. Burman collected 2 hits on the day and a team high 4 RBI's. Cory Wilander and Corey Verhel also had 2 hits for the Lakers. The Lakers are back in action tomorrow on Memorial Day at 1:30pm. The Lakers will host the Ashland Merchants and the game will be played at Morrie Arnovich Field in Superior.





LAKERS BACK IN SOUPTOWN

The Lakers have moved home fields again as they will be playing at Morrie Arnovich Field in Superior. The field is located by the YMCA in Superior and is on the corner of Elm Street and Hayes E circuit. The Lakers first game is this Sunday at home starting at 130pm against the Twin Ports North Stars. The Lakers will be at home again this Monday against the Ashland Merchants starting at 130pm.








LAKERS SCHEDULING UPDATES

March 1, 2011
The Superior Lakers are looking at playing roughly 21-23 regular season games this year and then hopefully 5 playoff/state games. The Lakers will play 14 games of league play, 3 games in the Hibbing tournament, 2 games in the Exeland tournament, 2 games down in White Bear Lake, and hopefully a couple games against cross town rival the Duluth Xpress. If you are interested in getting a game with the Lakers please contact Kyle Peterson at superiorlakers@hotmail.com or 218-428-2649.






WELCOME TO THE 8th SEASON OF LAKERS BASEBALL

March 1, 2011
~~ The Superior Lakers are back for their 8th season in 2011 and there have been some minor changes in the Upper 13 League.

- There will be 8 teams this season (Superior, Duluth, Twin Ports, Oulu, Port Wing, 2 Ashland's, and Marinesco)
- Each team will play each other twice which sets up a 14 game league schedule. Games will continues to be 1-9 inning game unless managers set up a double header which could consist of 2-7 inning games.
- There will NO divisions and this year the team with the BEST record will win the league outright.
- There will be NO all-star game this year but an "all Upper 13 league team" may be named at the end of the season.


Good luck to all in 2011