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Shortstop Austin Eiter plays a ball against Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday. BRIAN BASHAM/TRIBUNE

DL Baseball: Lakers register Mid-State sweep over Wadena-D.C.

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All three facets for the Detroit Lakes baseball team were on cue, as the Lakers swept visiting Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday by the scores of 8-3 and 10-2.

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The Lakers had timely hits, along with consistent pitching and defense to key the Mid-State Conference sweep and improve to 3-2 on the season.

“We received two good games by our pitchers and we had a lot of guys hitting the ball,” said DL head coach Steve Fuhs.

Senior Tyler Gebhart continued his success on the mound, following up his no-hitter last week with a six-inning five hitter in the 8-3 victory.

Gebhart walked only two and struck out three, with his defense behind him making the plays.

“Tyler threw strikes and we caught the ball well,” Fuhs said. “We didn’t give any free bases. Tyler’s pitches are moving around well and he is making the hitters earn their hits.”

Senior Taylor Magnuson returned to full-time duty by going 3-4 with three runs scored in game two, after going 2-4 with two RBIs in the opener.

The Lakers used a five-run sixth inning to break open the second game, with Nick Groth lacing a two-run single, along with an RBI hit by Magnuson. RBI walks came from Kirk McLeod, Austin Eiter, A.J. Matter and Richie Grossman.

McLeod drew six walks in the double header, while going 2-2.

“Kirk is a smart player and he has been patient and not forcing things at the plate,” Fuhs said. “He just isn’t getting good pitches to hit.”

Sophomore Connor Johnson was strong on the mound with nine strikeouts and only one walk. He allowed five hits.

“He had a nice breaking ball going and he remained poised after the defense had a couple of errors early on,” Fuhs said.

In the top of the first inning, Johnson allowed back-to-back singles to start the game, but then struck the side out to prevent any further damage.

That set the tone, as DL had 11 hits.

The Lakers will host Perham for a conference double header Thursday, starting at 4 p.m.

Laker results

Wadena-Deer Creek at Detroit Lakes, Tuesday, April 30

WDC    000 021 0 – 3 5 4

DL       112 130 x – 8 7 2

Detroit Lakes

                        AB    R      H      Bi

T. Magnuson    4      0      2      2

N. Groth           4      1      0      0

K. McLeod        1      2      1      0

A. Eiter             4      0      1      0

A. Matter          3      1      1      0

R. Grossman    3      0      1      0

J. Gailfus          1      0      0      0

B. Thompson   1      2      0      0

B. Dahring        4      1      0      0

S. Voz              2      1      1      2

Totals        27     8    7     4

2B: Voz

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL – T. Gebhart (WP) 6-5-3-2-2-3; R. Cihak 1-0-0-0-0-0. 

WDC    020 000 0 – 2 5 1

DL       210 025 x – 10 11 4

Detroit Lakes

                        AB    R      H      Bi

Magnuson        4      3      3      1

Groth                4      2      2      1

McLeod            1      1      1      2

Eiter                 3      0      1      2

Matter              3      0      2      3

Grossman        3      0      0      0

C. Hegg            0      0      0      1

Cihak               3      1      1      0

R. Wokasch      1      0      0      0

J. Lyngaas        3      1      1      0

Totals        25     8    1   10

2B: Magnuson, McLeod, Matter

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL – C. Johnson (WP) 7-5-2-0-1-9 

(Follow Brian Wierima on Twitter at DLSportsGuy.)

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Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN. 
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