Angels headed for State Tourney
The Detroit Lakes Angels amateur baseball team is headed to the State Tournament.
The team accomplished this feat by beating a tough Carlos team 5-2 Sunday in the Region 14C playoffs at Nimrod.
The Angels defeated the Red Eye Country Boys 12-2 on Friday evening and went on to beat the Nimrod Gnats 12-0 on Saturday afternoon to earn the Sunday afternoon spot against Carlos.
The Angels relied on solid performances from their pitching staff over the weekend.
"We gave up 10 hits in three games," said assistant manager Dean Jorgenson.
"Not bad for a team that 'doesn't have any pitching' -- according to the other teams," added manager Mark Jorgenson.
The Angels gave up two hits each against the Country Boys and Nimrod and six hits against Carlos.
Mark Jorgenson credited veteran lefty pitcher Shawn Ohman for going six innings against the hard-hitting Carlos team Sunday.
And he praised the work of pitcher Tyler Doll, drafted from the Perham Pirates for the regional playoffs, who closed out the final three innings.
"I want to really stress how Ohman pitched and how Doll pitched," he said.
Another draft pitcher, Tony Meech of New York Mills, picked up the win Saturday against Nimrod.
Ohman, who played three years of minor league baseball earlier in his career, emptied his bag of tricks Sunday, throwing an interesting mixture of movement pitches that may not have had overpowering speed, but that Carlos hitters could never quite get a handle on.
In the middle innings he worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam, and the next inning all three batters hit long fly balls that went right to Angel outfielders.
"Sean kept us in the game," said Doll, the Perham pitcher. "That's big, when you get a starting pitcher to go six or seven innings."
Doll also had a great outing. He started out throwing a lot of fast balls, but towards the end of the game catcher Tyler Fuhs "called a lot of curve balls and sliders," Doll said.
"Doll came in and closed the door for us," Jorgenson said. "We had timely hits and we had very good defense -- we played good defense all weekend."
That included a sweet pickoff play by Ohman and first baseman Terry Haus, and a nice double play from shortstop Chris Sieling to second baseman Nick Omberg to Haus.
Bryan Buhr had several great plays at third base and left fielder Chris Engberg bagged an impressive over-the-head running catch in the outfield to lead off the ninth inning.
Sieling had the hot bat on Sunday, going three for four with two singles and a double.
The Angles scored four of their five runs in the second inning, in which Omberg hit a two-run double, designated hitter Matt Olson hit an RBI single and Engberg walked with bases loaded to drive in a run.
Engberg also hit an RBI single in the seventh inning.
In all, the Angels had five runs on eight hits.
Carlos had two runs on six hits, with a solo home run in the second inning and a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.
In the end, it came down to pitching, Jorgenson said.
"Ohman pitched his heart out and gave us what we needed -- six innings," he said.
The Angels now play for seeding in the State Tournament. They will play at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Nimrod, taking on the winner of the Carlos versus Bluffton match, which is set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Nimrod.