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Photo by Chris Drummond Milroy’s Ben Heichel continues his swing during his match against Jackson on Sunday. The Irish beat Jackson 12-4 and then beat Lakefield 12-1 in five sets.

MILROY – Although Milroy’s Irish amateur baseball team came away with a win, they were linked with a key loss.

The Irish scored in every inning of their 12-4 win over the Jackson Bulls on Sunday, but will play the next two games without first baseman Brady Lanoue after he was ejected from the game for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The play happened early in the fourth inning where Lanoue caught a ball converting a double play on defense and he then dropped the ball on the opposing player’s back. Once the inning was over, words were spoken by both teams which led to a confrontation with the managers and referees. Ultimately, Lanoue was ejected from the game and because Lanoue was ejected, he is ineligible to play in the next two games. He then collected his belongings, walked past the opposing bench and left the field. Prior to his ejection, Lanoue sent a ball deep to left center for a two-run homer, tying the ball game at two for the Irish at the end of the first inning.

This situation would have no effect on the game as the Irish continued to pour it. Outfielder Josh Baker also hit a solo home run to the left field wall, increasing the lead to 9-3 before the Irish secured a 12-4 victory over the Bulls.

Ireland manager Anthony Dolan spoke about his team’s performance in the match and also touched on Lanoue’s ejection.

“Bats don’t get much hotter than that, hitting 17 in six innings, everybody hitting the ball real hard,” Dolan added. “Under Minnesota state rules, if you get ejected from a game, you have to miss two more games. I was frustrated because the referees didn’t come and talk to me about it before making the decision.

Dolan also claimed that the referees would change the call and keep Lanoue, but the opposing coach disputed this and did not allow the calls to be overturned. Dolan also spoke about the message he would convey to Lanoue in the future.

“The message is that we love that energy and that fire and that passion that he’s playing with, but he has to cut it down a bit so he can stay on the pitch for us,” he said.

Irishman third baseman Ben Heichel reached base in all of his at-bats with a 4-4 record while Baker had three hits, including the home run and Kenny Morris, who started for the Irish in the game, kicked a full game in victory.

The Irish then beat Lakefield 12-1 in five sets in their second game of the day. The Irish will face Wabasso on the road on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.



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