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Laker shortstop Connor McLeod throws out a Ranger batter Tuesday at Washington Ballpark.1 / 3
Jon Gilson gets a high five from head coach Steve Fuhs after hitting the walk-off two-run single Tuesday to invoke the 10-run mercy rule.2 / 3
Laker lefty Ben Lindquist hurls a pitch during Tuesday's Mid-State Conference tilt versus Crosby-Ironton.3 / 3

Errors always come into play in the game of baseball and in Tuesday's Mid-State Conference doubleheader in Detroit Lakes, they played an important factor -- those committed and those prevented.

The visiting Crosby-Ironton Rangers accumulated eight errors combined in the two games, leading to 12 unearned runs in a pair of 10-0 and 4-3 losses to Detroit Lakes.

On the flipside, the Lakers had two errors, but the insertion of senior T.J. Manning at first base by head coach Steve Fuhs paid dividends.

"This is one of the first times T.J. has played at first base, but he's a good athlete and I wanted his bat in the lineup," Fuhs said. "He did a fantastic job there tonight."

Manning's glove picked up his defensive mates, as he scooped more than several would-be errors and Ranger runners, instead turning them into outs.

He also made two reach-and-slap tags on Rangers after high relay throws.

The speedy senior also went 1-3 in game one, but scored three times and notching the tying run in game two.

Senior ace Brock Johnson also made his presence felt after tossing a two-hit shutout in game one, upping his record to 3-0 on the season.

Johnson had to dig into his bag of pitches, after the C-I hitters were jumping on his fastball early.

"Some of their batters were getting on my fastball pretty good, I just couldn't get my fastball by them," Johnson said. "So I used a lot of curves and sliders."

Those were the answer, as Johnson only allowed two runners past second base, while recording six strikeouts and walking just two.

Offensively, DL took advantage of five C-I errors, scoring three runs in each of the second and third innings off of just three combined hits and three Ranger boots.

"We were able to take advantage of their errors, but our guys were hitting the ball pretty well, too," Fuhs said. "We made them play the ball."

Johnson had back-to-back RBIs on fielder's choices in the second and third frames, while Tyler Fode came up with a backbreaking two-run double in the fourth to put DL up 8-0.

Jon Gilson hit the walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to enact the 10-run mercy rule.

DL finished with eight hits and was led by Fode, who went 2-2 with two RBIs.

"The defense behind me made the routine plays and T.J. (Manning) was solid at first base," Johnson said.

Brett Arneson pitched solid for the Rangers, walking just one, but he hit four DL batters, while his defense behind him gave up nine unearned runs.

The Rangers were able to jump out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning off of lefty pitcher Ben Lindquist, who walked his first two batters, while Mark Hoge and Alex Bundy each having RBI hits.

But Lindquist was able to get out of the inning after loading the bases, then striking out Tim Chandler and forcing a fly-out by Sam Perpich to get out with just two runs allowed.

Lindquist settled down, allowing just four more hits and one more run, giving his offense a chance to stay in the game.

"This was Ben's first varsity start, so he was a bit nervous early," Fuhs said. "He found his groove and pitched well from there."

The Lakers chiseled away at the 3-0 lead with two runs in each the third and fourth innings.

Danny Engberg sparked things in the third with a two-out liner to leftfield, which was followed by two consecutive Ranger errors, which scored him and shortstop Connor McLeod.

An error started the fourth inning rally, as Manning reach on hard hit to the hot corner, which deflected off the C-I's mitt.

After stealing second, Manning rounded second and third on a Johnson line drive single to left-center field.

Nate Baker proceeded with a looper over second base, with Ryan Berg coming up with the eventual game-winning RBI single to right field to score Logan Baker, who was pinch running for Johnson.

"We had three to four kids who came up with clutch hits," Fuhs said.

Jordan Manning made his varsity debut in to close out the win by pitching three straight outs in the top of the seventh for the save.

"Jordan throws strikes and that's why I like him in there," Fuhs included.

DL had just five hits, but took full advantage of three C-I errors for three unearned runs.

The Lakers (5-1, 2-0) will continue their Mid-State schedule in Pequot Lakes for a doubleheader Friday at 4 p.m.

Laker results

Crosby-Ironton at Detroit Lakes, Tuesday, April 27.

Rangers 000 000 - 0 2 5

Lakers 033 202 - 10 8 2

Detroit Lakes


D. Engberg 4 1 1 1

C. McLeod 3 0 0 0

A. Fondrick 1 0 0 0

J. Thompson 3 1 1 0

A. Guetter 1 1 1 0

T. Manning 3 3 1 0

M. Labat 1 0 0 0

T. Fode 2 0 2 2

J. Manning 1 1 0 0

B. Johnson 3 2 0 2

J. Gilson 1 0 1 1

B. Provo 2 1 1 0

A. Pederson 1 0 0 0

B. Labat 1 0 0 0

N. Krohn 1 0 0 0

Totals 28 10 8 6

2B: Thompson, Fode.



J. Edwardson 3 0 0 0

R. Olander 3 0 0 0

Mark Hoge 3 0 0 0

B. Arneson 2 0 0 0

Mike Hoge 3 0 2 0

S. Perpich 3 0 0 0

A. Bundy 1 0 0 0

T. Chandler 2 0 0 0

J. Bundy 2 0 0 0

Totals 30 7 83

2B: Mike Hoge.

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL - B. Johnson (WP, 3-0) 6-2-0-0-2-6...CI: B. Arneson (LP) 6-8-10-1-1.

Rangers 201 000 0 - 3 5 3

Lakers 002 200 x - 4 5 1

Detroit Lakes


Engberg 2 1 1 0

McLeod 3 1 1 0

Thompson 3 0 0 0

T. Manning 3 1 0 0

Fode 2 0 0 0

Pederson 1 0 0 0

Johnson 2 1 1 1

N. Baker 3 0 1 0

R. Berg 3 0 1 1

L. Baker 1 0 0 0

Gilson 1 0 0 0

Totals 24 4 5 2



Olander 3 1 0 0

Mike Hoge 3 1 1 0

Mark Hoge 4 0 1 1

Arneson 3 1 0 0

A. Bundy 3 0 1 1

Edwardson 3 0 2 0

Chandler 3 0 0 0

Perpich 3 0 0 0

L. Bjerkness 1 0 0 0

Totals 26 3 5 2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL - B. Lindquist (WP) 6-5-3-2-6-5; J. Manning (SV) 1-0-0-0-0-0...CI: Mark Hoge (LP) 6-5-4-1-1-2.

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