DL Izzo's/VFW takes part in playoffs
On Thursday afternoon the Detroit Lakes Izzo's VFW baseball team traveled to Fergus for the district tournament.
DL played Bemidji in round one of the district playoffs. The Izzo's team jumped out to an early 5-1 lead on a strong pitching performance by Tyler Fode.
Bemidji fought back to tie the game in the sixth inning with timely hitting and DL errors contributing to the rally.
In the seventh inning, things looked good for the DL team. Tyler Fode led off with a triple to the left field corner and scored on an RBI double by Brett Provo. In Bemidji's home half of the seventh, they tied the game and eventually won it 7-6, as they scored two runs to pull out the narrow victory.
In the loser-out bracket, the DL team had to battle a tough opponent in Perham. Ben Lindquist started on the mound for the local team. Perham jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, and built that to an 8-0 lead after two innings.
DL scored twice to close the gap, but could not put together any type of a rally against a very good Perham team. DL's season ended with the 11-2 loss.
The Perham and Fergus Falls VFW teams both advanced to the state tournament, which is hosted by Perham.
Jaycees finish 4th
The Jaycees played Barnesville in the first round of the West Lakes Region Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament.
Kirk McLeod, Brian Labat, Brian Berg and Ben Gailfus each had two hits. Nate Field had a key three-run double in the 6-run fifth inning. Jordan Manning had four hits in the 9-7 win.
In the second round, the Jaycees faced the No. 1 seed, Fergus Falls. The game was close at 5-3, but then errors led to an eight-run inning for Fergus Falls, which eventually won 13-3.
The Jaycees then played Breckenridge to stay alive and won 9-4. Ryan Berg pitched a complete game and got help with a triple play in the fifth.
Josh Eggebraaten led teh team with three hits and Jon Gilson scored three runs.
The final game of the tournament for the Jaycees was against the No. 2 seeded DGF Rebels. The Rebels won 11-0. The Jaycees finished the season in fourth place with a record of 6-10.
Hole in One Club
Bernie Sauer made a hole in one at the Detroit Country Club's hole eight, a 165-yard shot using a No. 6 club.
Witnesses were Dave Woodward, Vic Hepokoski, Richie Dohoncy and Mike Seelye.