Rams hit well -- Lakers don't -- as Roseau upsets Detroit Lakes
The bats went dead, as did the Detroit Lakes softball team's season.
The No. 1 North seeded Lakers were dropped in a first-round upset, as the No. 8 Roseau Rams outhit DL by an 11-3 margin, which resulted in a 6-0 victory at Snappy Park Tuesday.
"There are no excuses, they hit the ball and made the plays and we just didn't hit," said DL head coach Phil Kirchner.
The Lakers managed just three scattered hits and were thrown out at homeplate once and on the base pads twice to cut short several potential game-saving rallies.
Roseau made its presence felt as a rallying underdog early, as junior Elizabeth Housker smacked a first-inning solo homerun to deep leftfield to get the spark going early for the Rams.
The Rams' top four hitters -- Lexy Deming, Jessica Acker, Housker and Amanda Monkman -- did the most damage to senior pitcher Callea Butz, by going a combined 9-15 with nine runs scored and four RBIs.
Roseau kept building on its lead, notching two runs in the third after a DL error led to a pair of unearned runs, while an RBI double by Deming and one-run single by Monkman led to two more runs in the fifth for a 5-0 lead.
The cushion got softer for Roseau pitcher Andrea Johnson, as DL's third error of the game in the seventh inning led to an RBI double by Monkman to widen the gap 6-0.
"They just were hitting the ball," Kirchner added.
Butz didn't have a walk and struck out eight, while giving up just three earned runs.
But that was even too much, as the Lakers couldn't muster up an offensive attack.
A lead-off double by Hannah Ianiro in the fourth inning resulted in a close play at the plate on a Shayna Dugger fielder's choice hit.
The Roseau catcher received the call by the homeplate umpire, as Ianiro was called out on the slide and Dugger eventually was stranded at third base.
A double play quelled another DL rally, after a Brianna Seebold liner was snagged by Johnson,. Shepromptly threw out Ianiro, who was caught off-guard at second base.
Those DL hitters gaining hits included Wicker, Ianiro and Amanda Young.
Johnson finished with the complete game shutout, throwing three walks and striking out four. The Rams didn't have an error in the game.
For the Rams, Deming went 3-4 with an RBI, Housker was 2-4 with an RBI and three runs scored, while Monkman was 3-4 with two RBIs.
The Lakers finished the season 14-6, while Roseau (4-16) advances to the second round, which will be held Thursday in Thief River Falls against the winner of No. 4 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and No. 5 Warroad.
Section 8-2A playoffs: (8) Roseau at (1) Detroit Lakes, Tuesday, May 25.
Rams 102 020 1 - 6 11 0
Lakers 000 000 0 - 0 3 3
AB R H Bi
D. Wicker 3 0 1 0
H. Ianiro 2 0 1 0
B. Seebold 3 0 0 0
S. Dugger 3 0 0 0
A. Branden 3 0 0 0
H. Bauer 2 0 0 0
A. Young 2 0 1 0
C. Cartmell 2 0 0 0
J. Even 2 0 0 0
Totals 22 0 3 0
AB R H Bi
L. Deming 4 2 3 1
J. Acker 3 0 1 0
E. Housker 4 3 2 1
A. Monkman 4 0 3 2
M. Haman 4 0 1 0
H. Nelson 3 0 0 0
NA 1 0 0 0
J. Skime 4 0 0 0
B. Burkel 3 0 0 0
A. Johnson 3 1 1 0
Totals 32 6 11 4
HR: Housker...2B: Deming, Monkman.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL - C. Butz (LP) 7-11-6-3-0-8...Ros: A. Johnson (WP) 7-3-0-0-3-4.