Angels defend Washington Park
The Detroit Lakes Angels defended their home turf, and they had to earn it in the process.
The Angels won their final two games of their annual home tournament by a combined score of 2-0, with a pair of 1-0 victories in the semifinals and championship game.
A walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning by outfielder Phil Kirchner downed Crookston in the semifinals, while a two-out double to left-center field by Phil Doll scored Taylor Fuhs in the title tilt Sunday in a 1-0 triumph over Jamestown, N.D.
The Angels received stellar pitching from Matt Huberty Saturday, who tossed a four-hit shutout versus Crookston, while Brandon Johnson threw a complete-game shutout Sunday.
"We just had some great pitching and a couple of timely hits," Kirchner said. "Brandon Johnson pitched awesome against a very good Jamestown team, which is a perennial power in North Dakota.
"(Johnson) was throwing his fastball, curve and change-up and was keeping the ball low."
Johnson forced 13 pop-ups for outs against Jamestown, while the DL defense committed zero errors.
"Defense and pitching is the name of the game," Kirchner included.
Fuhs had half of the Angels' hits with two, including his one-out single in the fourth and later scored the game's only run on Doll's game-winning double.
The Angels are off to an 11-5 start to the season and is second in the Hi-10 League with a 6-2 record, behind first-place Wadena-Deer Creek, which has a 9-2 record.
The Angels will host league opponent Bertha Saturday, starting at 1:30 p.m. at Washington Ballpark.