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DL gives Fergus Falls a free pass

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There was too much giving and not enough producing in the Detroit Lakes baseball team's first loss of the season in Fergus Falls Friday.

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A total of 10 walks and five errors given up by the Lakers were too much to overcome, as the Otters piled on six first-inning runs to pace them to a 15-5 victory in six innings.

"There were just too many free bases given up," said DL head coach Steve Fuhs. "To me, it seemed the guys were not totally focused, just because of all the walks and errors we had."

The Otters had just two hits in their six-run first, with DL starting pitcher Alex Guetter succumbing four walks, along with on Laker error.

Another six-run inning flattened DL's chances, who were able to trim the deficit to 9-5 by producing a run in each of the second through sixth frames.

This time three walks by reliever lefty Ben Lindquist -- along with one of DL's five errors -- aided Fergus Falls', which did rap out three singles and thus ending the game with the 10-run mercy rule.

"We were hitting the ball OK, but we just were giving them way too many free bases," Fuhs said. "I think we are an equal team to Fergus, we just didn't play well enough and they took advantage of those free bases with some big hits."

Clean-up hitter and third baseman Eric Anderson went 3-5 with two RBIs for Fergus Falls, while shortstop Spencer Kidder was 2-4, with two runs scored and an RBI.

The Lakers had RBI hits by shortstop Connor McLeod and third baseman Tyler Fode.

"Basically, we just need to get better with our fundamentals," Fuhs said. "Baseball isn't like other sports, where a special offensive or defensive gameplan can be installed.

"It comes down to the fundamentals."

The Lakers will travel to Thief River Falls Friday for a 4:30 p.m. start.

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