Pirates scuttle Angels comeback
DETROIT LAKES - A furious Detroit Lakes comeback fell idle Thursday night for the start of the first annual Angels Tournament at Washington Ballpark.
The Angels were able to scratch out five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning against visiting Perham, but a ground ball out to third base ended the rally, as the Pirates handed DL an 11-10 loss.
It was leather, not wood, this time which hindered the Angels, who drop to 5-7 on the season.
Four errors were detrimental to DL's cause, with two of them coming in a four-run fifth inning from Perham, leading to four unearned runs.
"Defense has been our biggest struggle so far this year," said co-manager Phil Kirchner. "We have talented players, so hopefully by playoffs, we should be fine."
Detroit Lakes saw a 4-2 lead evaporate in the four-run fifth for Perham, while the Pirates continued to put pressure on the home team with two more in the seventh and three in the eighth, along with one in the final frame.
The Angels made a stab to get back in the game in their last at-bats, timed perfectly with accuracy problems from the Pirate pitchers with an 11-5 margin.
Starter Tyler Doll marked the inning by recording the first two outs, with a strikeout on Shawn May and a ground out to the pitcher by Zach Fulmer.
Veteran Terry Haus was able to coax a walk, with Chris Engberg and Matt Nustad keeping the inning alive with back-to-back singles -- thus forcing Perham to change pitchers.
But reliever Jonnie Schmitz had control problems, walking three straight Angels, resulting in three runs.
Shortstop Wade Whitworth came up with a big two-run single, pulling DL to within one at 11-10, with the tying run on third base in Kyle Danner.
But Schmitz was able to force the ground out and allow his Pirates to squeak by with the victory.
The Angels also struggled on the mound, allowing 10 walks, while Perham belted out 16 hits.
"We didn't pitch well, either," Kirchner said. "You have to credit Perham for hitting the ball well."
Starter Matt Olson took the loss, while Brian Buhr and Matt Huberty also saw action on the mound.
DL finished with 10 hits, after registering only six in two games during the St. Cloud Tournament.
They were led by Whitworth's 3-5 game with three RBIs.
"We hit OK, but it was our defense which killed us," Kirchner added.
The Angels also maybe without starting catcher Taylor Fuhs defensively.
Fuhs will have an MRI on his shoulder and if the news is bad -- in the form of a torn rotator cuff -- he will not be able to catch the rest of the season.
He will be able to bat, though, Kirchner said.
"Taylor is the best catcher in the area and that will hurt, losing him if we do," Kirchner said.
"But we'll have to manage, because injuries happen."
Danner will see action at catcher, while others such as Chad Griffin can also see time behind the plate.
The tournament was played through the weekend, with the championship game being played today (Sunday) at 4:30 p.m.
The Angels will be back in action Wednesday when they host New York Mills for a 7:30 p.m. start.
Angels Tournament Thursday-Sunday, June 11-15.
Thursday: Angels vs. Perham.
Pirates 110 040 221 - 11 16 1
Angels 310 000 105 - 10 10 4
AB R H Bi
W. Whitworth 5 1 3 3
N. Omberg 3 2 1 0
S. May 2 0 0 0
P. Kirchner 3 1 2 0
Z. Fulmer 1 0 0 0
T. Haus 4 1 1 1
C. Griffin 1 0 1 0
C. Engberg 0 1 0 0
M. Nustad 5 1 2 1
T. Fuhs 3 1 0 0
N. Johnson 3 2 0 1
K. Danner 3 0 0 1
Totals 36 10 11 5
AB R H Bi
Engen 5 1 2 0
Schornack 5 0 0 0
T. Doll 6 2 2 0
Winjum 4 1 2 0
Kratzke 6 1 1 0
Boias 2 0 0 0
Name NA 2 1 2 0
Name NA 1 1 0 0
Feldt 4 2 2 0
J. Schmitz 2 1 1 0
Name NA 2 0 1 1
Kalina 5 1 3 0
Totals 44 11 16 1
2B: Engen, Winjum.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL - M. Olson (LP), B. Buhr (5), M. Huberty (8)...Perh: T. Doll (WP), Schmitz (SV, 9).