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DL softball team ends its season 0-3 in state playoffs

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DL softball team ends its season 0-3 in state playoffs
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The Detroit Lakes softball team capped busy and rugged spring and summer schedules in the Minnesota State Softball Tournament July 26-27.

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DL played its 53rd game in the state playoffs, unfortunately going 0-3 to finish the season 13-13.

"The girls got a ton of games in this year, playing 27 in the spring high school season and 26 this summer," said DL head coach Phil Kirchner. "They are just continuing to build and get better."

The Lakers fell to Cold Spring 10-3 in the opening round, got squeaked out by Winona 12-10 and ended with an 11-0 defeat to St. Cloud Tech.

Cold Spring used a six-run second inning to key its 10-3 win, then added three more in the bottom of the sixth for insurance.

DL pitcher Callea Butz allowed nine hits, as DL committed three errors behind her, which led to five unearned runs.

"We had some errors, which let to their runs," Kirchner added. "Cold Spring hit the ball well and we didn't."

The Lakers scored all their runs in the sixth, highlighted by an RBI single by Alice Branden to score both Shayna Dugger and Jessica Pudwill -- who hit back-to-back singles.

DL finished with six hits.

Game two saw Winona rally back from a 10-0 deficit, using nine runs in the third and three more in the fourth to seal the deal.

The Lakers had three errors in the nine-run third, while Winona had two homers to spark the rally.

Butz took the loss after allowing six earned runs off of eight hits.

In the final game, Kirchner played his younger players, as St. Cloud Tech shut them down with just two hits.

Overall, wins and losses didn't mean as much as experience, and there was plenty of that gained by the Lakers, Kirchner said.

"Callea Butz improved tremendously and threw strikes, and our seniors also improved a lot by the end of the season," he added. "They really came together as a team and it was fun to watch. I think we just fizzled out in the end, after 50-plus games."

Laker stats

Minnesota State Softball Tournament, Friday-Sunday, Aug. 1-3.

Lakers 000 003 0 - 3 6 3

Cold Spring 061 003 x - 10 9 0

Detroit Lakes

AB R H Bi

S. Dugger 4 1 1 0

J. Pudwill 3 1 1 0

A. Branden 3 1 1 1

B. Larson 3 0 1 0

J. Wenner 3 0 1 0

D. Dugger 2 0 0 0

A. Baer 3 0 0 0

S. Wilson 1 0 0 0

J. Anderson 3 0 1 0

Totals 25 3 6 1

2B: Anderson, Branden.

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL - C. Butz (LP) 6-9-10-5-3-4.

Winona 009 30 - 12 8 0

Lakers 640 00 - 10 8 3

Detroit Lakes

AB R H Bi

S. Dugger 3 1 1 1

Pudwill 3 1 1 1

Branden 1 1 0 0

A. Morben 1 0 0 0

Larson 2 2 1 1

Wenner 2 2 1 1

D. Dugger 3 1 1 2

Baer 2 1 1 1

Wilson 3 1 1 1

Anderson 3 0 1 1

Totals 25 3 6 1

3B: Wilson...2B: Wenner.

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL - C. Butz (LP) 5-8-12-6-5-6.

Lakers 000 0 - 0 2 2

S.C. Tech 308 x - 11 11 0

Detroit Lakes

AB R H Bi

S. Dugger 1 0 0 0

A. Olds 2 0 0 0

Am. Branden 2 0 1 0

O. Hanson 2 0 1 0

J. Even 2 0 0 0

Baer 2 0 0 0

C. Cartmell 1 0 0 0

M. Savaguea 2 0 0 0

M. Martin 1 0 0 0

Totals 15 0 2 0

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL - C. Cartmell (LP) 4-11-11-7-1-2.

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