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Rightfielder Joe Thompson makes a leaping over-the-shoulder catch in game one vs. P.R. Thursday. (Brian Basham/Record)

DL takes two from PR

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A couple of young arms helped the Lakers improve to 7-3 on the season with a sweep of visiting Park Rapids Thursday at Washington Ballpark.

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Juniors Jordan Manning -- in his first varsity start -- and Ben Lindquist both went the distance, with each picking up victories by the scores of 6-1 and 9-4, respectively.

"Jordan was throwing strikes and keeping the batters off balance with his curveball," said DL head coach Steve Fuhs. "He pitched fantastic and was very composed."

Manning didn't allow a run up to the final inning, where Park Rapids put together three consecutive singles by Nick Belfiori, Sam and Tucker Colburn.

Those were half of the Panthers' hits in the game, as Manning forced a total of 10 groundouts, walking four and striking out two.

Rightfielder Joe Thompson also did his part to keep the Panthers from plating runs with two spectacular diving grabs, one an over-the-shoulder gem and the other coming in the sixth to end the inning with a runner stranded at first.

"Park Rapids put the bat on the ball and we were able to make the plays," Fuhs said.

DL had only one error in the game.

The Lakers accumulated 10 hits in the game, with most of the damage coming in a three-run second and two-run third.

Lead-off hitter Brett Provo gained an RBI after a fielder's choice forceout to second base to get the lead runner, while an error scored Brian Labat, who laced a single to left.

Provo later scored after taking home from third base, as the Park Rapids' catcher threw down to second after Connor McLeod attempted a steal -- he was safe.

T.J. Manning started the third inning with a single and took second on a steal and third on a passed ball on the catcher.

Senior centerfield Danny Engberg knocked Manning in with a deep sacrifice fly to center, while Andy Pederson picked up the second of his two hits and would eventually score on a wild pitch by Park Rapids pitcher Dan Ricke.

The Lakers capped the scoring in the fifth after Engberg blasted a two-out double down the leftfield line. He scored on PR's third error of the game on a Pederson hit.

T.J. Manning kept his hot bat swinging, going 2-3, while Pederson went 2-3 as well, with two runs scored.

DL tagged a 2-0 lead after the first inning, which came off of T.J. Manning's bat -- again -- this time on his two-run homer over the leftfield fence.

After Engberg scored on a bases-loaded hit by pitch at-bat by Brian Labat in the third, DL extended its 3-1 lead to 8-1 with a back-breaking five-run third.

The Lakers picked up four hits in the frame, with Tyler Fode earning an RBI after getting plunked with bases loaded.

Jordan Manning had a sac-fly RBI, followed by a McLeod one-run single.

T.J. Manning had his say in the inning, as well, this time on an RBI triple to score Thompson, who led the inning off on an error by the Panthers.

Brock Johnson also added an RBI single in the inning.

"The bottom of the lineup really produced and got on base," Fuhs said. "They got on base and scored runs."

Lindquist started out a bit sluggish, walking three in a one-run second.

The Panthers also tagged three more runs in the fourth off of two hits -- including a two-run single by Sam Coburn -- and three Lindquist walks.

But overall, Lindquist was able to settle down and limit the Panthers to four hits in the game.

"For whatever the reason, it takes an inning or two to get Ben warmed up," Fuhs said. "He just has to realize he doesn't have to strike everyone out. But he still had a good game."

T.J. Manning led the hitting attack with a 2-3 game, along with two runs scored and three RBIs.

Jordan Manning also collected two hits and two RBIs, while McLeod finished with a couple of safeties, as well.

Kevin McMorrow took the loss after pitching two innings, allowing five hits and eight runs -- six of which were earned.

The Lakers will have a big doubleheader against Perham Thursday at Perham, starting at 4 p.m.

The games will count towards both the Mid-State standing and Section 8-2A rankings.

Laker results

Park Rapids at Detroit Lakes, Thursday, May 6.

Panthers 000 000 1 - 1 6 3

Lakers 032 010 x - 6 10 1

Detroit Lakes

AB R H Bi

B. Provo 3 1 0 1

A. Fondrick 1 0 0 0

C. McLeod 3 0 0 0

A. Guetter 0 0 0 0

J. Thompson 3 0 1 0

M. Labat 1 0 0 0

T. Manning 3 1 2 0

B. Johnson 3 0 0 0

D. Engberg 1 1 1 1

A. Pederson 3 2 2 0

T. Fode 3 0 2 0

B. Labat 2 1 1 0

R. Berg 1 0 1 0

Totals 27 6 10 2

2B: Engberg.

Park Rapids

AB R H Bi

S. Coburn 4 0 3 0

T. Coburn 3 0 1 1

K. McMorrow 2 0 0 0

D. Ricke 4 0 0 0

C. Odland 2 0 0 0

D. Pike 3 0 1 0

J. Mercado 3 0 0 0

L. Erickson 3 0 0 0

P. Dirks 2 0 0 0

N. Befiori 1 1 1 0

Totals 30 1 6 1

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL - J. Manning (WP, 1-0) 7-6-1-1-4-2...PR: D. Ricke (LP) 6-10-6-4-1-5.

Panthers 010 300 0 - 4 4 2

Lakers 215 010 x - 9 8 2

Detroit Lakes

AB R H Bi

J. Manning 3 1 2 2

McLeod 4 0 2 1

Thompson 3 1 0 0

J. Gilson 1 0 0 0

T. Manning 4 2 2 3

B. Johnson 3 1 1 1

C. Nelson 1 0 0 0

Engberg 2 2 0 0

Pederson 1 1 1 0

L. Baker 2 0 0 0

Fode 0 0 0 1

Berg 1 0 0 0

B. Labat 1 0 0 1

N. Krohne 1 1 0 0

Totals 30 9 8 9

HR: T. Manning...3B: T. Manning.

Park Rapids

AB R H Bi

Dirks 3 0 0 1

S. Coburn 4 0 1 2

T. Coburn 4 0 1 0

McMorrow 4 0 0 0

Odland 1 2 1 0

Pike 3 1 1 0

Erickson 2 0 0 0

Belfiori 3 0 0 0

Ricke 1 1 0 0

Totals 25 4 4 3

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL - B. Lindquist (WP) 7-4-4-4-6-5...PR: McMorrow (LP) 2-5-8-6-1-0; Pike 3-3-1-0-1-2; Odlund 1-0-0-0-0-1.

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