It may have been ugly, but DL baseball wins first section playoff game
It wasn't pretty, but the end result -- a win -- was all that mattered for the Detroit Lakes baseball team.
Collecting only three hits in the first round of the Section 8-2A playoffs, the No. 2 Lakers were able to take advantage of seven walks by the visiting No. 7 seed Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and turn it into a 6-2 victory.
"We won and that's all we were playing for," said DL head coach Steve Fuhs. "Now, we hope we can play better in the next round."
The game came to an unusual conclusion, as the Rebels were batting in the top of the seventh inning down 6-2. DL starting pitcher Brock Johnson was able to record the first out before lightning and heavy rainfall pelted Washington Ballpark.
A couple of delays turned long and finally after a few phone calls, Section head official Dale Skallerud declared the game over due to weather with DGF having two outs to go.
"The last two outs were not played," Fuhs said. "It was unusual circumstances and we had to make several phone calls to get some official word on what to do."
The Lakers bigger break actually came in the third inning, where they broke a 1-1 tie by drawing six walks off of Rebel pitching.
The only hit came off the bat of second baseman Aaron Gnoinsky, while all three of DL's runs came off a bases-loaded walk -- all of this coming with two outs.
"The DGF pitcher just lost his stuff and walked a lot of our batters for whatever reason," Fuhs added.
The Lakers did dodge a big bullet in the first inning after the Rebels loaded the bases with no outs.
Johnson was able to force a double play on DGF's clean-up hitter Taylor Yliniemi, who swung at a curve and hit the pitch off the tip of his bat.
The ball fluttered to Johnson, who quickly relayed it to catcher Doug Dickey for the first force out. Dickey then threw out Yliniemi at first base.
Johnson capped the inning with a strikeout and no runs.
"That was huge," Fuhs said. "It was a confidence lift after that double play."
Another big boost came right after, with shortstop Reed Oistad delivering a lead-off home run in the bottom of the first for a 1-0 DL lead.
The Lakers did execute some manufactured runs in the sixth, which produced two more runs and keyed on a single by Jon Tolbert and bunt by Max Bentley.
An error by DGF also contributed in the fifth and sixth runs by the Lakers.
For Johnson, he threw all 6.1 innings, allowing four hits, one earned run, walked four and struck out eight.
"He wasn't vintage, but he battled through some tough spots," the DL coach added. "The pitched well enough to win."
Brandon Mortenson took the loss for the Rebels, who were eliminated from the playoffs.
The Lakers faced No. 3 Warroad at Washington Ballpark Saturday (results will be in Wednesday's Becker County Record).
The winner from that game will advance to the double elimination portion of the tournament, which will be held in Breckenridge Tuesday.
Other tournament winners included No. 4 Park Rapids over No. 5 Roseau (6-5), the South's No. 1 Perham over No. 8 Wadena-Deer Creek (16-1), No. 5 Fergus Falls over No. 4 Breckenridge (9-5), No. 2 Pelican Rapids over No. 7 Frazee (11-2) and No. 3 Pequot Lakes over No. 6 Ottertail Central (10-0).
Section 8-2A first-round of playoffs: (7) Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton at (2) Detroit Lakes, Thursday, May 29.
Rebels 001 001 0 - 2 4 0
Lakers 103 002 x - 6 3 1
AB R H Bi
R. Oistad 3 2 2 1
A. Gnoinsky 4 1 1 0
D. Dickey 3 1 0 0
N. Polejewski 2 0 0 1
C. Gilson 2 0 0 1
M. Knoll 0 1 0 1
M. Bentley 2 1 0 0
J. Tolbert 1 0 0 0
K. Fode 3 0 0 0
Totals 20 6 3 4
AB R H Bi
R. Nelson 3 0 0 0
T. Johnson 3 0 1 0
M. Nelson 1 1 0 0
T. Yliniemi 2 0 0 0
B. Mortenson 3 1 1 0
C. Crabtree 3 0 1 0
B. Standfield 2 0 0 0
J. Miller 1 0 1 0
L. Gable 1 0 0 1
B. Uhler 3 0 0 0
Totals 22 2 3 1
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL - B. Johnson (WP) 6.1-4-2-1-4-8...DGF: Mortenson (LP).