Lakers make late-inning comeback vs. Prowlers
A four-run fifth inning was more than enough for the Detroit Lakes softball team to overcome a talented Thief River Falls team Thursday at Snappy Park.
The Lakers slugged out four of their seven total hits in the decisive inning, while senior pitcher Callea Butz had a slow start but settled in to record the 5-2 win.
The errors were the Prowlers' thorn in the side, as TRF committed six of them, leading to all five of DL's runs.
"This was a big win against a good team," said DL head coach Phil Kirchner.
Defense has been the name of the game for the Lakers, who have won nine of their last 10 games.
DL has committed just eight errors in those 10 games, along with stellar pitching by Butz.
Although the Prowlers gained 11 hits off of Butz, they stranded nine.
DL had another throw-out at the plate in the second inning, with the relay from leftfielder Jalen Even to third baseman Amanda Young, who nailed the runner at the plate with a perfect throw to catcher Brin Seebold, who applied the tag to end the inning.
"We struggled with our bats, but the pitching was outstanding again and our defense was good," Kirchner said.
The Lakers had just two hits going into the fifth inning, and trailed 2-1.
But a one-out single by Hannah Ianiro and an error on the TRF defense were followed by a single by shortstop Shayna Dugger to load the pads.
Designated hitter Amalea Branden, who's hitting a swift .395, laced a singled up the middle to score Ianiro and tie the game.
A wild pitch scored Seebold for the 3-2 lead, which was followed by an error on the TRF first baseman, to score both Dugger and Branden for the 5-2 advantage.
That was all Butz needed, as she pitched her way out of a jam in the sixth and finished the Prowlers off in the seventh with three straight strikeouts.
"Cali has been keeping us in games and I also have to give credit to everyone else for playing good defense," Kirchner added.
The Prowlers were led by Lacey Stennes, who was 4-4 with two RBIs -- which came on a two-run triple in the top of the first inning.
The win ensures the Lakers a top three seed in the upcoming Section 8-2A playoffs, which also guarantees a first-round home game at Snappy Park Tuesday at 5 p.m.
The Lakers also tried to clinch their first outright Mid-State Conference title in nine years when they hosted Pequot Lakes Friday, needing just one win out of the doubleheader.
Thief River Falls at Detroit Lakes, Thursday, May 20.
Prowlers 200 000 0 - 2 11 6
Lakers 000 140 x - 5 7 1
AB R H Bi
D. Wicker 4 0 1 0
H. Ianiro 3 1 1 0
B. Seebold 4 1 2 0
S. Dugger 4 1 1 0
A. Branden 3 1 1 1
A. Young 2 1 0 0
S. Ianiro 2 0 0 0
J. Lamb 2 0 1 1
J. Even 3 0 0 0
Totals 27 3 8 2
Thief River Falls
AB R H Bi
H. Peterson 4 1 1 0
No. 14 4 1 1 0
L. Stennes 4 0 4 2
L. Britten 4 0 1 0
K. Kraft 3 0 0 0
R. Hanson 1 0 0 0
No. 18 3 0 0 0
S. Okeson 3 0 1 0
K. Rook 3 0 1 0
No. 6 2 0 2 0
Totals 31 2 11 2
3B: Stennes...2B: Peterson.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL - C. Butz (WP) 7-11-2-2-2-8.