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Sam Voz makes contact on a Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton pitch in DL’s opener. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

Patience was the Detroit Lakes baseball team’s strongest virtue in its 5-4 victory over visiting Fergus Falls Friday.

Trailing 4-3 heading into the final inning, junior Boyd Bradbury rang up a lead-off triple to start the eventual game-winning rally.

Junior Ryan Cihak followed with a one-out single to score Bradbury, and then the Lakers drew three straight walks to score Cihak for the win.

Cihak helped lead the Lakers to their first victory of the season, which came on the heels of a season-opening loss to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton last Thursday, by going 3-4 with two runs scored.

The DL junior also picked up the win after relieving starter Sam Voz, who pitched the first five innings.

“Sam threw strikes and he was able to get his curveball to be effective,” said DL head coach Steve Fuhs. “He just needs to mix up his pitches a little more and he will be fine.”

Cihak fell into trouble early in the sixth inning by walking three straight Otter batters, but then struck the side out to avoid giving up any runs.

The Lakers opened the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the first, as Connor Johnson ripped a double to score Cihak, who led off with a walk.

Ben Thompson also scored later in the inning.

Bradbury also made his mark early in the game by scoring in the second inning and finishing the game going 2-3.

“Boyd came up big for us,” Fuhs added.

The Otters’ Abram Aho came up with the bulk of the offense with a triple and a solo homerun. Fergus Falls finished outhitting the Lakers by a 10-7 margin.

DL will not play until Tuesday, April 22, when they travel to Park Rapids to open Mid-State Conference play in a doubleheader, starting at 4 p.m.

“We’re going to have to build more depth in our pitching, because we may be going six or seven pitchers deep a week with our conference doubleheaders,” Fuhs said.

Fergus Falls at Detroit Lakes, Friday, April 11

FF    012 010 0 – 4 10 1

DL    210 000 2 – 5 7  0

Detroit Lakes

                  AB   R    H    Bi

R. Cihak       4    2    3    1

S. Beck        3    0    0    0

S. Voz          3    0    0    0

B. Thompson  2    1    0    1

C. Johnson    3    0    1    1

J. Lyngaas     3    0    0    0

M. Haire       3    0    1    0

B. Bradbury   3    2    2    0

J. Schumacher     2    0    0.......... 0

N. Singer      1    0    0    0

Totals           27   5    7    3

3B: Cihak, Bradbury…2B: Cihak, Johnson. 

Fergus Falls

                  AB   R    H    Bi

Neumann      5    0    2    0

Pearson        1    0    0    0

Ringquist       3    1    1    0

Aho             3    2    2    2

Hexum         4    0    0    0

Strom          4    1    3    1

Hanson         4    0    0    0

Rostad          4    0    1    0

Thunselle       4    0    1    0

Totals           32   4    10   3

HR: Aho…3B: Aho…2B: Strom

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL – Voz 5-8-4-4-2-6; Cihak (WP) 2-1-0-0-3-4

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