Johnson pitches perfect game for Lakers
The Detroit Lakes baseball team had no defense in its road game in Frazee Thursday.
Fortunately for the Lakers, they didn't need any defense.
Junior pitcher Brock Johnson blew away the Hornet batters in the form of 13 strikeouts in 15 at-bats for the rare perfect no-hit game and a 10-0 win in five innings.
Only on two occasions was the Laker defense needed -- one being a bunt fielded by Johnson for the force out at first base and the other being a nice diving catch down the rightfield line by Joe Thompson.
And from the get-go, Johnson hammered down his dominance by striking out the first seven Frazee batters.
"The first three strikeouts in the first inning set the game up," Johnson said of his gem of a game. "My fastball was working well and that's all I threw the first three innings, before throwing a few curves and sliders in the fourth."
It was apparent Johnson's flaming fastball was all that was needed, as the Hornet hitters were swinging at air and well behind the pitch.
"Brock was placing his fastballs well," said DL head coach Steve Fuhs. "His fastball had some pop on it and he was just hitting all the good spots."
In the majority of at-bats, Johnson got ahead in the count by blowing past his fastballs and completing his perfect five-inning game with no walks or hits.
"Getting ahead in the count was nice, then I could go high and outside," Johnson added. "My first pitch was usually a fastball, but I mixed in some curves, as well."
Johnson also had the luxury of some nice run support from his teammates.
DL belted out 12 hits off the Frazee pitchers and jumped on starter Matt Woodard early with three hits in the first inning, including a two-run single by first baseman Nick Polejewski to give the Lakers a 2-0 lead.
The game was busted open in the third with five more runs scoring, with key hits by Polejewski and second baseman Aaron Gnoinsky, who each had two-run hits.
Andy Pedersen added an RBI fielder's choice to up the ante to 7-0.
DL invoked the 10-run mercy rule in the top of the fifth as the Lakers took advantage of two Frazee errors and an RBI single by Johnson.
Polejewski finished going 2-4 with four RBIs, while Johnson helped himself with a 3-4 day and an RBI.
Shortstop Reed Oistad continued his hot batting, going 2-4 with an RBI.
"Nick and Aaron's two-run hits in the third really opened the game up," Fuhs said. "And the defense we did need was good with Joe Thompson making a nice diving catch to save a hit."
So far this season, Johnson has an amazing 1.62 strikeout per inning average, with a total of 52 strikeouts in 32 innings of work. He has 27 K's in his last 12 innings of pitching.
"I've never been a part of a perfect game like that, even if was in five innings, which isn't Brock's fault," Fuhs said. "It was fun to watch."
The Lakers (7-6) will travel to Moorhead Tuesday for a 5 p.m. start.
Detroit Lakes at Frazee, Thursday, May 14.
Lakers 205 03 - 10 12 0
Hornets 000 00 - 0 0 3
AB R H Bi
A. Gnoinsky 4 0 1 2
M. Knoll 3 2 1 0
R. Oistad 4 1 2 1
Bro. Johnson 4 2 3 1
N. Polejewski 4 1 2 4
Bra. Johnson 3 1 1 0
C. McLeod 2 0 0 0
A. Pedersen 1 0 0 1
T. Fode 0 1 0 0
J. Thompson 1 1 1 0
D. Cole 1 1 1 0
Totals 28 10 12 9
AB R H Bi
T. Tappe 2 0 0 0
M. Viste 2 0 0 0
C. Overland 2 0 0 0
N. Brower 2 0 0 0
T. Blauert 2 0 0 0
D. Stender 2 0 0 0
Vanwatermulen 1 0 0 0
J. Galbrecht 1 0 0 0
S. Oelfke 1 0 0 0
Totals 15 0 0 0
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL - Bro. Johnson (WP) 5-0-0-0-0-13...Fraz: M. Woodard (LP) 3-9-7-7-2-1;