Angels nail spot in state tournament after stifling Clarissa
CARLOS - Despite beating the Clarissa Flyers 7-4 on Sunday in the Region 14C tournament, the Detroit Lakes Angels' margin for error was razor-thin in several innings.
In the end, a win is still a win and Detroit Lakes booked a return ticket to the state amateur baseball tournament for the second straight season.
"We've started playing well at the end of the year and our pitching and defense have been coming through in the last week or two or so," Angels player/coach Phil Kirchner said. "That's what wins games."
Most of the Angels' damage came in the second inning when it put across five runs.
Singles from Andy Kratzke and Terry Haus - each bringing in two runs apiece - finished the rally and put Detroit Lakes ahead 5-1.
Kratzke had his first chance to make a difference with the Angels after being drafted by the Perham Pirates following the Hi-10 League playoffs to help give regular catcher Taylor Fuhs a break.
After not playing much thus far in the playoffs, Kratzke said the adjustment wasn't that difficult.
"It's not too bad," he said. "I played with lot of these guys back when back they played in Perham. You just don't try to do more than you physically can.
"It's a game that I've played since I've been little, so it's not too hard."
He went 2-for-3 at the plate, while also drawing a walk.
Chad Griffin started the scor-ing with an RBI double to left that plated Noah Johnson.
Johnson led off the inning with a single and stole second.
All in all, the Angels brought 10 men to the plate in the second.
Clarissa could have jumped out to a large in the first, but was limited to scoring just the game's first run.
Detroit Lakes starter Nick Berg struck out the first two Flyers batters before struggling with his control.
Berg allowed a single and then three straight walks to score Jared Morrill from third.
But Berg induced a popout to get out of the jam.
He pitched 4 1/3 innings - allowing eight hits and two runs - after throwing three innings of relief in Saturday's win over Carlos.
The Flyers' big inning came in the fifth when they scored three to cut Detroit Lakes' lead to 5-4.
Mike Hinzmann and Scott Lieser had RBIs. Hinzmann's came from a single and Lieser hit into a fielder's choice.
Hinzmann scored after Angels reliever Matt Huberty's throw to first on a routine play was off target.
With runners on second and third, and two outs, Huberty induced an easy fly to get out of trouble.
The only other spot of trouble that Huberty got into came in the sixth with runners first and second with no outs. A grounder, strikeout and a long fly ended the Flyers' last real chance for a comeback.
Clarissa's loss came down to unfulfilled chances. The Flyers stranded 14 baserunners on the afternoon.
Two insurance runs came late in the game for the Angels.
Haus walked to lead off the fifth. After making his way to third, he scored on Joe Cuchna's wild pitch.
Kratzke scored Detroit Lakes' final run in the ninth after leading off the inning with a hit. Kirchner doubled him in.
The Angels have a week off before the Region 14C title game next Sunday in Carlos. The game gets underway at 1:30 p.m.
Detroit Lakes vs. Clarissa in Carlos, Region 14C playoffs, Sunday, August 3.
Angels 050 010 001 - 7 9 1
Flyers 100 030 000 - 4 10 0
AB R H Bi
Fuhs 5 1 2 0
Omberg 5 0 0 0
Kirchner 4 0 2 1
Haus 4 1 1 2
Johnson 3 1 1 0
Nustad 3 0 0 0
Olson 3 1 0 0
Griffin 4 1 1 1
Kratzke 3 2 2 2
Totals 34 7 9 6
AB R H Bi
Johnson 4 0 1 0
Kuhn 5 0 2 0
Morrill 5 2 1 0
Blum 4 1 1 0
B. Hinzmann 4 0 2 0
M.Hinzmann 3 1 2 2
Lieser 5 0 0 1
Greenwald 4 0 0 0
Cuchna 4 0 1 0
Totals 38 4 10 3
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Detroit Lakes: Berg 4.1-8-2-2-3-8, Huberty (WP) 4.2-2-2-1-4-2. Clarissa: Noland (LP) 1.2-5-5-5-2-0, Cuchna 4.1-2-1-1-2-2, B. Hinzmann 3-2-1-1-0-1.