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DL shortstop Kathryn Kinney (1) tries for the tag on a Park Rapids’ runner Tuesday inside the Fargo Dome. Brian Basham/Tribune

Lakers finally open spring season in Fargo Dome

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The season finally got underway for the Detroit Lakes softball team, as they played under the roof of the Fargo Dome Tuesday in a Mid-State Conference doubleheader against Park Rapids.

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The rust was evident early for the Lakers, as they committed 10 errors in a 19-11 loss, but bounced back well in game two, though still losing 3-2.

The Lakers racked up 10 hits in the first-game loss, and managed six more in the night cap.

“As expected, we hit the ball well, however, that’s only part of the game,” said DL head softball coach Phil Kirchner. “Our pitching and defense fell apart in the first game. You just can’t have 10 errors in a game.”

DL pitcher Chaz Butz allowed just seven earned runs out of 19, as it was a team effort in the 10 errors.

Hitting was a strength, though, as catcher Emily Seebold laced a long one over the left field fence for a two-run shot. Seebold finished with five RBIs, including a three-run double in the five-run first inning.

Kyra Vagle went 2-3 to help highlight DL’s 10-hit performance.

Park Rapids scored four runs in each of the first and second innings, while putting insurmountable pressure on DL with a seven-run third.

All 18 players saw action for the Lakers, as Kirchner inserted new players in just about every position for game two.

“This early in the season, we are going to be trying a lot of girls at many positions, so it was good to see all 18 play,” Kirchner said.

Maguire pitched game two, allowing four hits and two earned runs.

Park Rapids pulled the win off with a walk-off triple by Nakkita Buckanaga in the bottom of the fifth inning (both games went five innings) for the 3-2 win.

“Emma threw strikes and our defense was better, with only four errors this time,” Kirchner said.

Rachel Ianiro went 2-2 with an RBI for DL.

The Lakers have had four postponed games thus far, but are looking to schedule a doubleheader in Casselton, N.D., Saturday to try and make up those lost games.

If the weather cooperates, DL will be in Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday for a Mid-State doubleheader, starting at 4 p.m.

Laker results - Detroit Lakes vs. Park Rapids in FargoDome, Tuesday, April 23

DL    500  60  –   11 10 10

PR     449  2x  -  19 13   1

Detroit Lakes

                        AB    R      H      Bi

K. Kinney          2      1      0      0

C. Kinney          2      2      1      0

S. Larson          2      2      1      0

A. Anderson     0      0      0      0

E. Seebold        4      2      2      5

L. Burnside       3      2      1      0

K. Vagle           3      1      2      0

B. Olson           3      0      1      0

H. Ianiro          3      0      1      0

A. Butzer          3      1      1      0

Total          25   11  10     5

HR: Seebold  2B: Larson, Seebold, Burnside, Vagle, Olson

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL – C. Butz (LP) 3-10-17-5-4-1; E. Maguire 1-3-2-2-0-1. 

DL    010 01 –  2 6 4

PR     200 01 – 3 4 1

Detroit Lakes

                          AB     R      H     Bi

C. Kinney              3      0        0       0

Vagle                    3      0        1       0

Seebold                3       0       0        0

Burnside               2      0        0        0

H. Ianiro               2      0         1       0

H. Sonstegard       2      1        1       0

R. Ianiro                2      0        2       1

M. Kirchner           2      0        0        0

B. Olson                1      0        0        0

K. Kinney              1      1         1       0

Total              15     2      6      1

3B: Sonstegard

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL – Maguire 4-4-3-2-2-2

(Follow Brian Wierima on Twitter at DLSportsGuy.)

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Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN. 
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