Detroit Lakes Angels flatten Frazee's Flames 11-1 on July 4
Bryan Buhr isn't the type of pitcher that is going to overwhelm the opposing team's bats.
But what he does bring to the table is outs -- and Buhr did just that in the Detroit Lakes Angels' 11-1 win in eight innings over the Frazee Flames in the annual Fourth of July game at Washington Ballpark.
Buhr pushed his record to 5-0 in going five innings. He struck out three and didn't walk a batter for the second consecutive start.
"I don't strike out a lot of people," Buhr said. "So I just try to roll it over. We played good defense."
Sibling rivalry came into play for Buhr also, as his brother John manages and plays for the Flames.
"He got a few hits off of me last year, so it's nice that I was able to strike him out this year and get him to pop up," Buhr said. "He's a good guy, too, so it's always fun."
The Angels' (11-8) bats helped as well in pounding out 16 hits.
It started in the second inning, when Detroit Lakes took a 3-0 lead.
Max Saarinen scored Matt Huberty and Zach Fullmer with a double to the wall. Kyle Danner finished off the offensive spark with an RBI double of his own.
Flames starter Joe Hanson struggled when he walked Huberty and gave up a single to Fullmer.
"It all started with the pitching and defense," Angels co-manager/outfielder Phil Kirchner said. "Bryan threw strikes, and the defense did a great job. We started out slow hitting, but got runs and had a good offensive output."
Kirchner led off the third with a shot over the left field fence. He just missed out on getting his second home run in the game, as he hit a long fly ball that was just foul -- near the same spot in left where his home run went over the fence.
Detroit Lakes' big inning came in the fifth, as the Angels put four runs on the board to take a 9-1 lead.
Saarinen hit an RBI double to score Fullmer, which finished the rally. Earlier in the inning, Phil Doll led off with a double and scored off of Fullmer's single.
Huberty and Nick Omberg also scored in the inning.
By the time the seventh rolled around, the Angels were ready to head over to the beach to see the fireworks show, as they loaded the bases. A run would then have ended the game, due to the mercy rule.
But Omberg struck out and Huberty hit a grounder to short for an easy play at first to end the inning.
The Angels finally ended the game in the eighth.
Trevor Tappe and Reed Oistad earned walks with two outs. Tappe made a break to third on a wild pitch by the Flames, and catcher Brandon Johnson's throw to third went into left.
Tappe scored easily on Johnson's error.
Detroit Lakes also scored a run in each of the fourth and sixth innings. Taylor Fuhs' RBI single brought in Danner in the fourth and Kirchner scored on Huberty's sacrifice fly in the sixth.
The lone run from the Flames came in the fourth. Nick Hanson singled with one out. Johnson advanced Hanson to second with a single of his own.
Brian Heden scored Hanson with a single.
The Angels lead the Hi-10 League by three games, with six league games to play in the regular season. A top spot in the standings would secure home-field advantage in the league tournament.
"If we can continue good defense and pitching, we should be at the top of our league," Kirchner said.
Detroit Lakes took on Perham today (Wednesday) at Washington Ballpark at 7:30 p.m.
The Angles play the Dent Bulldogs on Friday starting at 7:30 p.m., then travel to the Dent Wildcats on Sunday with a 7 p.m. start time for the road affair.
Frazee at Detroit Lakes, Saturday, July 4.
Frazee 000 100 00 - 1 7 1
DL 031 141 01 - 11 16 1
AB R H Bi
T. Fuhs 4 0 1 1
R. Oistad 1 0 0 0
C. Gilson 4 0 1 1
P. Kirchner 4 2 3 1
N. Eidenschink 0 0 0 0
P. Doll 3 1 2 0
J. Tolbert 0 0 0 0
N. Omberg 5 1 2 1
M. Huberty 3 2 0 0
Z. Fullmer 5 2 3 2
M. Saarinen 3 1 2 3
B. Buhr 1 0 0 0
K. Danner 3 1 2 0
T. Tappe 1 1 0 0
Totals 37 11 16 9
Pitching: DL - B. Buhr (WP), J. Tolbert. F - J. Hanson (LP).