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Detroit Lakes Angels Phil Kirchner shatters his bat during a home game against New York Mills Sunday. (Brian Basham/DL-Online)

Angels smoke Millers 19-3

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When a starting pitcher allows three walks, hits two batters and gives up seven runs -- all in the first inning -- it doesn't bode well for the rest of the game.

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The Detroit Lakes Angels' batters showed enough patience with New York Mills Millers starter Nathan Berg's troubles to win their home opener Sunday 19-3 in a seven-inning game shortened by the 10-run rule.

All totaled, the Angels (1-1) emerged out of the first inning with a 12-1 lead.

"You go out there and swing the bat, good things happen," said Angels co-coach Phil Kirchner. "Give our team credit for going out there and being aggressive. Their pitcher struggled and we were patient."

Berg didn't get an out after allowing Detroit Lakes' first eight batters on board. The Angels sent 12 batters up before recording an out.

The Angels added two runs in the second and five in the fifth.

Before Berg's wildness, he scored the first run of the game in the Millers' turn of the first. He reached first on a throwing error by Angels third baseman Jon Tolbert that allowed Berg to move to second.

Detroit Lakes starter Bryan Buhr threw a wild pitch to allow Berg to move to third. An RBI single brought Berg home.

New York Mills scored one additional run in the fourth and sixth.

Buhr pitched five innings for the win, and allowed four hits and two unearned runs.

Detroit Lakes tallied 11 hits in a game that gave most players on the bench playing time.

"It gives the younger guys a chance to play," Kirchner said. "No matter what pitching you see, you still have to play, and have to have at bats."

Jake Kiebke led the Angels with three RBI.

The Detroit Lakes Angels hosted the Fargo Mets today (Wednesday) at 7:30 p.m. and results will be in Sunday's Detroit Lakes Tribune.

Continuing their homestand, the Angels play the Moorhead Brewers on Saturday at 2 p.m.

After the game, the Angels will be hosting their annual steak fry benefit Saturday at the Sandbar.

The benefit is due to start at 5:30 p.m. or later, depending on how late the baseball game ends.

Tickets are $20 and the event includes steak, potato, cole slaw, two drinks and admission to the game. Besides the meal, a silent auction will be held.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting Angels players or by buying tickets at the gate.

Angels results

New York Mills at Detroit Lakes, Sunday, May 17.

Millers 1 00 101 0 - 3 6 2

Angels 12 20 050 0 - 19 11 3

Detroit Lakes

AB R H Bi

K. Danner 2 2 2 2

Z. Fullmer 3 1 1 2

C. Engberg 2 1 1 0

N. Omberg 0 2 0 2

P. Kirchner 1 2 1 2

M. Mooney 2 0 0 1

P. Doll 3 1 1 2

J. Kiebke 3 1 1 3

D. Dickey 4 2 1 1

M. Jorgenson 0 1 0 0

M. Saarinen 3 1 1 1

C. Gilson 2 3 1 2

N. Eidenschink 1 0 0 0

J. Tolbert 3 2 1 0

Totals 29 19 11 18

2B: Kiebke, Dickey, Gilson.

SB: Danner, Kirchner.

HBP: Danner, Dickey, Gilson.

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL - B. Buhr (WP) 5-4-2-0-0-3; M. Saarinen 1-2-1-0-0-0; C. Gilson 1-0-0-0-0-3.

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