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The Mid-State Conference is still up for grabs as leaders Detroit Lakes and Perham split games Thursday at Krueger Field.

Defense and pitching was solid on both sides, as the Lakers took game one 3-2 on five hits, while the Yellowjackets claimed the night cap 3-2 on seven hits.

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A.J. Matter pitched 4.1 innings in game one, while allowing two hits for the win, and Ryan Cihak gained the save with 1.2 innings of work.

“A.J. threw strikes, but had a little bit of a hard time locating the plate and had almost 100 pitches by the fourth inning,” said DL head coach Steve Fuhs. “We also fielded the ball well again, so it came down to pitching and defense.”

The Lakers went up 3-2 with two runs in the top of the fifth, with senior catcher Kirk McLeod drawing another walk, his second of the game, which put his on-base percentage to over .700.

An error on a Matter grounder scored McLeod and set up a big RBI single by Richie Grossman.

Both runs were needed, as the Yellowjackets notched a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth, but Cihak was able to shut the door on them in the sixth and seventh innings by allowing just three baserunners.

“Perham actually had a lot of baserunners, but we got the big outs and didn’t have any errors,” Fuhs said.

The Yellowjackets finished with 13 stranded runners in the game.

For DL, Taylor Magnuson went 2-4 with two doubles to lead the Lakers.

The Lakers scored their two lone runs in the top of the seventh inning on a leadoff double by McLeod and a two-RBI double by Matter.

But it wasn’t enough, as Perham already had a 3-0 lead on seven hits heading into the final frame.

Austin Eiter took the loss after throwing five innings, allowing five hits and two runs. He walked four and struck out four.

“It was Austin’s first time out pitching this season, so he will get better as the season goes on,” Fuhs said.

DL had only three hits in the game, two of them in the two-run seventh.

The Lakers (4-3) will host Pequot Lakes Tuesday for a 4 p.m. start to the doubleheader.

Laker results

Detroit Lakes at Perham, Thursday, May 2

DL          001 020 0 – 3 5 1

Perham  000 020 0 – 2 3 2

Detroit Lakes

                        AB    R   H    Bi

T. Magnuson     4      0     2      0

N. Groth            4      0     0      0

K. McLeod         1      2     1      0

A. Eiter              3      0     0      0

A. Matter           2      1     0      0

Voz                   1      0     0      0

R. Grossman      4      0     1      1

B. Thompson     3      0     0      0

T. Gebhart         3      0      1      0

Totals          28    3    4    1 2B: Magnuson (2)

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL – A. Matter (WP) 4.1-2-2-2-7-4; Cihak (SV) 2.2-1-0-0-3-3

DL          000 000 2 – 2 3 1

Perham  010 101 x – 3 7 0

Detroit Lakes

                  AB    R    H    Bi

Grossman        3      0      0      0

Groth                3      0     0      0

McLeod            3      1      1      0

Gebhart            2      0      0      0

Eiter                 0      1      0      0

Matter              2      0      1      2

Cihak               3      0      0      0

Voz                  3      0      0      0

B. Dahring        3      0      1      0

J. Lyngaas        3      0      0      0

Totals         25    2    3     2

2B: McLeod

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL – Eiter (LP) 5-5-2-2-4-4-; Wokash 1-2-2-1-1-1

(Follow Brian Wierima on Twitter at DLSportsGuy.)

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