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SENIOR BROCK JOHNSON picked up the win in DL's season-opening 13-0 win over Pelican Rapids.

DL hits stride with 9-run fourth for 'W'

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A nine-run fourth-inning broke the backs of the Pelican Rapids Vikings Thursday, as the Detroit Lakes baseball team ran away with the season opener 13-0 in five innings.


Senior ace pitcher Brock Johnson kept his array of pitches to a minimum, but his fastball was in full motion as he hurled the first four scoreless innings and allowed just three hits and one walk.

But the cushion Johnson had was provided by a good-swinging offensive effort, as DL used nine hits to amplify three Viking errors and five walks into 13 runs.

"We hit the ball very hard and had good contact," said DL head coach Steve Fuhs. "The guys had good discipline at the plate, which is good to see this early in the season."

The Lakers gathered four hits and three walks, while the Vikings had two errors in the nine-run frame.

Brett Provo had a big two-run single, while Connor McLeod added a one-run hit, along with T.J. Manning.

McLeod went 2-2 on the day, while Manning was 2-2, with three RBIs.

"T.J. had a good day and was hitting the ball hard," Fuhs said. "Connor was also hitting the ball well."

For Johnson, his first outing was solid, as he stayed with his fastball and a few offspeed pitches.

"Brock was throwing a lot of strikes and the defense was making the plays behind him (zero errors)," Fuhs said.

With the big lead in hand, all 20 players put in time for the Lakers.

DL will play at Frazee Tuesday for a 4:30 p.m. start.

Laker results

Detroit Lakes at Pelican Rapids, Thursday, April 15.

Lakers 202 90 - 13 9 0

Vikings 000 00 - 0 3 3

Detroit Lakes


D. Engberg 3 1 1 0

C. McLeod 2 3 2 1

J. Thompson 2 2 1 0

M. Labat 1 0 0 0

B. Johnson 1 2 0 0

B. Lindquist 1 0 0 0

T. Manning 2 1 2 4

L. Baker 1 0 0 0

B. Provo 3 1 1 2

N. Baker 1 0 1 0

T. Fode 3 1 0 1

R. Berg 1 0 0 0

A. Pederson 1 1 1 0

B. Labat 2 0 0 0

J. Manning 0 1 0 0

Totals 24 13 9 7

3B: T. Manning...2B: McLeod.

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL - B. Johnson (WP) 4-3-0-0-1-6; K. Fondrick 1-0-0-0-2-1.

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