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With one stroke of the bat, DL’s season ends

As the Section 8-2A seedings suggested, the No. 5 Detroit Lakes and No. 4 Hawley softball teams were pretty evenly matched and in the first game of the playoffs Tuesday, that was evident through seven innings of play.

Or at least, the last six innings.

A three-run home run by Hawley’s Katie Bjorndahl in the first inning was all it took for the Nuggets to advance to the double-elimination second round, as the Lakers’ season finished with a 3-1 defeat.

The Nuggets (9-6) were able to hold off a couple of Laker threats in the fourth and fifth innings, as sophomore pitcher Jody Noreen managed to snuff out any rally by registering six straight outs at the top of the order in the sixth and seventh innings.

“She is a good pitcher and we didn’t really have any issue with her fastball, but she changed up her speed well,” said DL head coach Phil Kirchner.

A double play in the top of the fourth inning by the Nuggets’ centerfielder also ended a potential rally, after the diving catch resulted in doubling up Kathryn Kinney at second base.

DL pitcher Chaz Butz was equally effective after the three-run first inning, as she closed the door on any more Hawley runs and limited them to just four scattered hits.

“She did a nice job after that first inning and was hitting her spots,” Kirchner said. “Unfortunately, our bats went cold.”

It was the first inning which laid foundation for Hawley’s win, as Noreen started the rally with a one-out single from her No. 2 slot.

Haley Cederberg lined her hit to right field, as Butz was able to strike out Jolene Kerr for the second out.

But Bjorndahl was able to get a hold of a Butz pitch and sent it over the left field fence, which carried with a brisk wind, to put the Nuggets up 3-0.

The Lakers went down in order in the first two innings, before Rachel Ianiro reached first base on an error.

She was able to take second on a passed ball, with leadoff hitter senior shortstop Kathryn Kinney lining DL’s first hit past the third baseman.

An errant throw enabled Ianiro to score to trim the deficit to 3-1.           

But after that, the Lakers’ bats were pretty quiet, as they managed a lone hit in each of the next three frames, and advanced only one runner past first base.

Noreen had eight strikeouts in the win, while walking one and giving up three hits.

Butz countered with one walk, four strikeouts and seven scattered hits.

Cederberg was the only batter on both teams to have over one hit, with two.

The Nuggets will play No. 1 seeded Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Thursday in Frazee.

Lakers warm up for Section playoffs

The Lakers started their warm-up for the Section 8-2A playoffs with a pair of wins Friday in the Thief River Falls triangular.

DL played some solid defense and picked up good pitching from Butz, which was enforced by a healthy dose of hits wins of 14-3 over East Grand Forks and a 7-3 victory over No. 1 seeded Thief River Falls.

“We had few errors which cost us runs and the bottom line was we had good, timely hits,” Kirchner said.

The Lakers had a combined 34 hits in the two games, including 14 against the North’s top-seeded Prowlers (12-6).

A five-run third inning was highlighted by six consecutive hits for the Lakers, with RBIs coming of the bats of Kyra Vagle, Sadie Larson, Emily Seebold and Hannah Ianiro.

That put the Lakers up 6-1, with a double by Kathryn Kinney and an RBI double by Larson upping the ante to 7-1 after the sixth.

The Prowlers used a couple of DL errors in the seventh to tack on a pair of runs, but the Lakers already had put too much separation between themselves and TRF for it to matter much.

Butz pitched the complete game, allowing nine hits, walking two and giving up no earned runs.

Junior outfielder Brooke Olson went a perfect 4-4 at the plate, while Kinney, Larson and Ianiro each had two hits.

The Lakers lambasted the Green Wave pitching for 17 hits, as they scored in every inning but one.

Olson rang out a three-run homer in the third inning, while Larson went 3-3, with three runs scored and three RBIs.

Those gaining two hits were Vagle, Emily Schiltz and Hailey Sonstegard.

Butz is starting to hit her spots and changing up her speed, as her five-inning three-hitter suggests against EGF.

“Chaz is pitching well and has had good location,” Kirchner said.

Laker results - Section 8-2A playoffs, first round: (5) Detroit Lakes at (4) Hawley, Tuesday, May 21

DL    001 000 0 – 1 3 1

Haw  300 000 x – 3 7 2

Detroit Lakes

                        AB    R      H      Bi

K. Kinney            3      0      1      0

K. Vagle             2      0      0      0

S. Larson            3      0      1      0

E. Seebold          3      0      0      0

L. Burnside         3      0      0      0

H. Ianiro             3      0      0      0

B. Olson             2      0      1      0

R. Ianiro             2      1      0      0

C. Kinney            2      0      0      0

Totals                23     1      3      0

Hawley

                        AB    R      H      Bi

B. Carlson          3      0      1      0

J. Noreen           3      1      1      0

H. Cederberg       3      1      2      0

J. Kerr               2      0      0      0

K. Bjorndahl        2      1      1      3

(Name NA)          2      0      0      0

L. Teigen            3      0      1      0

D. Olson             3      0      1      0

R. Permenter       2      0      0      0

Totals                23     3      7      3

HR: Bjorndahl…2B: Cederberg

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL – C. Butz (LP) 6-7-3-3-1-4…Haw: Noreen (WP) 7-3-1-0-1-8

Detroit Lakes at Thief River Falls triangular, Friday, May 17

DL    305 111 3 – 14 17 2

EGF  000 102 0 -   3  3  0

Detroit Lakes

                        AB    R      H      Bi

K. Kinney            4      2      1      0

K. Vagle             4      2      2      0

S. Larson            3      3      3      3

E. Seebold          1      2      1      1

M. Kirchner         2      1      1      1

L. Burnside         3      1      1      1

K. Edwards         1      0      0      0

H. Ianiro             3      1      1      2

E. Schiltz            2      0      2      0

B. Olson             3      1      1      3

H. Sonstegard     2      1      2      1

R. Ianiro             5      0      1      0

C. Kinney            4      0      1      0

Totals                37     14     17     12

HR: Olson…2B: Vagle, Kirchner, Schiltz

East Grand Forks

                        AB    R      H      Bi

M. Boman          3      0      1      0

K. Nelson           1      2      0      0

K. Nelson           2      0      0      0

S. Rarick             3      1      0      0

J. Boushy           3      0      0      0

H. Vonagek         3      0      2      1

K. Westrom         3      0      0      0

P. Uphann          3      0      0      0

E. hefferman       3      0      0      0

Totals                24     3      3      1

2B: Vonagek

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL – C. Butz (WP) 5-1-1-1-1-6; K. Vagle 2-2-2-2-1-0

DL    015 001 0 – 7 14 3

TRF  100 000 2 – 3   9 2

Detroit Lakes

                        AB    R      H      Bi

K. Kinney            3      2      2      0

Vagle                 4      1      1      1

Larson               4      1      2      2

Seebold             3      1      1      1

Burnside            4      1      1      1

H. Ianiro             4      1      2      1

Olson                 4      0      4      1

R. Ianiro             4      0      1      0

C. Kinney            4      0      0      0

Totals                34     7      14     7

2B: H. Ianiro

Thief River Falls

                        AB    R      H      Bi

J. Martinson        4      2      2      0

H. Kraemer         4      0      2      0

M. Jones            4      1      1      0

S. Okeson           3      0      1      0

T. Miles              4      0      0      0

A. Azure             4      0      3      0

B. Malwitz           3      0      0      0

C. Aumundson     3      0      0      0

B. Kasprick         3      0      0      0

Totals                36     3      9      0

2B: Jones

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL – Butz (WP) 7-9-3-0-2-7

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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