Kirchner powers DL past Braves
A power surge by Detroit Lakes' Phil Kirchner was one of the deciding factors in the Angels' 6-5 victory over Bluffton Saturday at Washington Ballpark.
Despite the Braves outhitting DL 10-9, the Angels came up with the bigger hits, as Kirchner collected a homerun and double for two RBIs in the win.
The Angels scored four runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-4 advantage, then added the winning run in the seventh after Bluffton tied the game in the top half of the inning.
Jake Kiebke also went yard for the Angels, as Chris Gilson finished 3-5.
Matt Huberty picked up the win with seven innings of work on the mound, while Trevor Tappe and Taylor Fuhs combined for two scoreless innings. Fuhs earned the save.
Kyle Dykhoff went seven innings for the Braves, while Dustin Geiser pitched the eighth frame.
Defense -- or a lack there of -- was the cause for an 8-1 loss to Bertha Sunday.
DL had eight errors in the game, while managing just four hits.
Michel Riewer earned the win, as Justin Byland had three singles in the victory.
For the Angels, Brandon Johnson, Phil Doll and Doug Dickey each singled, while Kirchner laced a double.
Gilson suffered the loss after giving up six hits in five innings, with six unearned runs crossing the plate. Johnson and Tappe finished up the game on the mound.
DL (6-3) will travel to New York Mills tonight (Wednesday) for a 7:30 p.m. start, then on to the Sartell Tournament Saturday and Sunday.