HI-10 LEAGUE PLAYOFFS TO START: Angels claim No. 2 seed and will host No. 7 Audubon
That's how many more games the Detroit Lakes Angels need to win to advance into the Region 14C playoffs.
After securing the team's third 20-win season with a 20-11 record, the Angels earned the No. 2 seed entering the Hi-10 League playoffs, which start Friday. DL had a 14-5 league record.
The Angels will host the Audubon Zephyrs at Washington Ballpark, starting at 7:30 p.m.
A win Friday will give DL another home playoff game Saturday against the winner of No. 3 Bertha and No. 6 New York Mills.
In other Hi-10 playoff games, No. 1 Wadena-Deer Creek will take on No. 8 Henning in New York Mills and No. 4 Bluffton will host No. 5 Perham.
"No matter what, we need to win two games to get into the regions," said Angel co-manager Phil Kirchner. "We still need defense and pitching to win games during this time of year."
Pitching is one aspect in which the Angels are deep.
They will be led by ace Taylor Fuhs, followed by talented hurlers Chris Gilson, Brock Johnson (if the Legion Post 15 season ends early), Trevor Tappe, Brandon Johnson, Jon Tolbert and Nick Polejewski.
There will be four Hi-10 League teams which will qualify for the region tournaments, with eight teams vying for those spots.
"We are hitting well one through nine in the order, so I feel we are playing pretty well entering the playoffs," Kirchner added.
Tappe will start on the mound against Audubon Friday.