Home sweet home -- Omberg's three doubles power DL Angels to 12-1 win over Verndale; now 20-0 at Washington Ballpark
The Detroit Lakes Angels literally blasted their way out of their early-season hitting slump -- which led to an 0-2 start -- by lacing Verndale pitchers for 12 hits in a 12-1 victory Wednesday at Washington Park.
The home winning streak was also safely intact, with the Angels now staving off defeat at Washington Park 20 straight times after going 19-0 in DL last season.
One of the main culprits in the Angels' offensive attack was second baseman Nick Omberg, who ripped three doubles, including a bases-clearing two-bagger in the bottom of the second inning to key a seven-run frame.
In DL's two losses to Vergas and Dent, they managed just 12 hits combined for both games.
The perfect medicine ended up being a trip back to Washington Park and some Verndale pitching.
"It just took us a couple of games to get back in the groove," Omberg said of the Angels' slump-buster.
DL stretched a 1-0 first-inning lead to 8-0, as the Angels took advantage of three Verndale walks and an error.
Omberg's liner with bases loaded rippled the right field fence, allowing all three runners to touch home plate. The DL second baseman eventually made it home himself, on a wild pitch and a two-run single by Matt Huberty -- who incidentally went 3-3 in the game, with two singles coming in the second stanza alone.
The Angels drew 13 walks in the game and had a total of 27 runners, stranding 15 of them, while having bases loaded in three straight innings.
"Being at home and being comfortable was the big thing being able to hit," said DL co-manager Mark Jorgenson. "Sooner or later we were going to start hitting and it came sooner."
That was more than enough cushion for starting pitcher Max Saarinen, who threw the first five innings, allowing one earned run and three hits, while striking out six and walking two.
Starting catcher Taylor Fuhs resumed his reliever status from last year, and cleaned up the Bison leftovers with two scoreless innings as the Angels invoked the 10-run mercy rule.
The Angels also gained some stellar defensive gems, including a stabbing stop by Huberty at shortstop and a long throw out of the Bison runner, and a diving catch in right field by Chad Griffin to stop a potential rally.
As for the 20-straight home wins, the Angels are hoping the streak keeps chugging right along.
"We are just comfortable playing (at Washington Ballpark), I don't know how to explain it," Omberg added.
"We are aware of the streak, but we just need to keep playing ball," Jorgenson included. "Hopefully we can keep it going."
The Angels did host Wadena-Deer Creek Saturday (results will be in Wednesday's Becker County Record) and will be at home again Wednesday against the Fargo Mets, beginning at 7 p.m.
Verndale at Detroit Lakes, Wednesday, May 14.
Bison 010 000 0 - 1 4 2
Angels 171 111 x - 12 12 0
AB R H Bi
K. Danner 3 2 1 0
N. Omberg 4 1 3 4
J. Kiebke 1 0 1 1
P. Kirchner 2 2 1 0
M. Saarinen 1 0 0 0
T. Haus 3 0 1 0
Z. Fulmer 1 0 0 0
T. Fuhs 4 2 1 0
C. Griffin 1 0 0 1
J. Berg 0 1 0 0
M. Nustad 3 1 1 0
M. Huberty 3 2 3 2
R. Buhr 1 0 0 1
C. Engberg 2 1 0 0
M. Mooney 2 0 0 0
Totals 28 12 12 9
2B: N. Omberg (3).
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL - M. Saarinen (WP) 5-3-1-1-2-6; T. Fuhs 2-1-0-0-1-3.