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Angels second baseman Jake Kiebke makes a throw to first base against Wadena-Deer Creek last Friday night in Henning.

Angels brandish big bats to climb back into Hi-10 race

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A logjam has been created at the top of the Hi-10 League, as the Detroit Lakes Angels added a bit more pressure on leader Wadena-Deer Creek.

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A 7-3 victory Friday in Henning over the Shockers (9-4) pulled the Angels (8-4) to within a half game of first place, while Brainerd and Bluffton are both one game behind at 7-4.

Friday's game was held under the lights of the Henning baseball field, since the Wadena Chief Stadium was devastated by the tornado which hit Wadena a couple of weeks ago.

The two lineups had plenty of new players in them, as both the Shockers and Angels were playing with thin rosters.

But Detroit Lakes received another strong game on the mound from ace Chris Gilson, who limited W-DC to five hits, while the Angel offense put up 15 safeties.

"We had some good pitching from Chris and that's the key to any baseball game," said Angels' co-manager Phil Kirchner. "We had a lot of new guys produce for us."

Taylor Fuhs came in for the save, after Gilson went 7.1 innings, allowing five hits, walking four and striking out nine.

The Angels had offensive production from last-minute addition Mike Klyve, who went 2-4 in his DL debut, including a double and RBI.

But DL veteran shortstop Reed Oistad went 4-5, while second baseman Jake Kiebke was 3-4 and first baseman Brandon Johnson 2-4 with three RBIs.

It was Johnson's bat which produced the first runs of the game, after he laced a J.J. Truax pitch off the left field fence to drive in both Doug Dickey and Kiebke.

Johnson wasn't done, after he belted a one-run single off the same spot on the fence in the top of the third.

Marcus Mooney added a sacrifice fly to score Kiebke later in the third.

After going up 5-1 on a Fuhs RBI single to right field, plating Gilson -- who reached on a fielder's choice -- DL added more padding with two more in the top of the eighth with RBI hits by Mooney and Klyve, who bopped a double.

Gilson had a spurt of domination over the Shocker hitters, after striking out five of six batters in the sixth and seventh innings, as he ended with nine strikeouts in the game.

Truax led the W-DC offense with a 3-4 night, along with two RBIs and two doubles.

"Truax always hurts us somehow with his bat," said Angel co-manager Mark Jorgenson.

Fuhs closed the Shockers down, adding a double play to end the game. A screaming liner by Jamie Nordland was snagged by the DL pitcher, who promptly chucked it over to first base to gain the third out on the advancing W-DC runner.

The Angels backed up the victory with a 10-1 spanking of the Dent Bulldogs Sunday.

Matt Huberty pitched eight strong innings, allowing six hits and only one run on one walk and six strikeouts.

Four Angels had two hits, including Gilson, Fuhs, Kirchner and Huberty.

DL struck early with three runs in the first, and expanded the lead to 8-1 with a four-run sixth.

The Angels will play in Perham Wednesday for another big Hi-10 League game and will host Frazee Sunday, July 4, for a 7 p.m. start.

The Angels Alumni game will be Friday at Washington Ballpark, starting at 7 p.m.

Angels results

Detroit Lakes at Dent, Sunday, June 27.

DL 300 014 002 - 10 12 2

Dent 000 001 000 - 1 6 1

Detroit Lakes

AB R H Bi

K. Beebout 2 0 0 0

C. Gilson 4 2 2 1

R. Oistad 4 1 1 0

T. Fuhs 4 3 2 1

P. Kirchner 4 1 2 1

D. Dickey 4 0 1 3

M. Jorgenson 0 0 0 0

J. Kiebke 3 1 0 0

B. Johnson 3 0 0 0

M. Klyve 1 0 0 0

N. Eidenschink 1 0 0 0

M. Huberty 3 1 2 1

M. Mooney 2 0 1 0

T. Tappe 2 1 1 1

Totals 37 10 12 8

3B: Kirchner...2B: Oistad, Fuhs, Huberty.

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL - M. Huberty (WP) 8-6-1-1-1-6; Oistad 1-0-0-0-1-1.

Detroit Lakes vs. Wadena-Deer Creek in Henning, Friday, June 25.

Angels 020 210 020 - 7 15 3

W-DC 100 000 020 - 3 5 1

Detroit Lakes

AB R H Bi

C. Gilson 5 1 1 0

R. Oistad 5 0 4 0

T. Fuhs 4 0 1 1

P. Kirchner 5 0 0 0

D. Dickey 4 3 1 0

J. Kiebke 4 2 3 0

B. Johnson 4 0 2 3

M. Mooney 3 1 1 2

M. Klyve 4 0 2 1

Totals 38 7 15 7

2B: Klyve.

Wadena-Deer Creek

AB R H Bi

J. Nordland 4 0 0 0

Haman 4 2 1 0

J. Truax 4 0 3 2

Johnson 2 0 0 0

Blom 3 0 0 0

Redfield 4 0 0 0

Sperling 4 0 0 0

Dornbush 4 0 1 0

Neu 2 1 0 0

Totals 31 3 5 2

2B: Truax (2), Dornbush.

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL - C. Gilson (WP) 7.1-5-3-2-4-9; Fuhs (SV) 1.2-0-0-0-0-2...WDC: J. Truax (LP) 4.1-9-5-3-0-2; Sperling 4.2-6-2-2-1-3.

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Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN. 
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