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DL shuts out Henning Giants 10-0 on home turf

Detroit Lakes Angels infielder Trevor Tappe is tagged out trying to advance to third base during Wednesday’s game against Henning at Washington Ballpark. BRIAN BASHAM/RECORD

After a disappointing loss to the Vergas Loons on July 5, the Detroit Lakes Angels rebounded Wednesday to score a convincing, 10-0 shutout win over the Henning Giants at Washington Ballpark.

“At this time of year, it all comes down to good pitching and defense,” said Angels coach Phil Kirchner.

Fortunately, on this night, the Angels had both.

Starting pitcher Nick Polejewski gave up just one hit in five top-notch innings of work — a fifth inning single — and the Giants went hitless against the three pitchers who succeeded him on the mound.

“Connor McLeod pitched one inning, Reed Oistad pitched one inning and Doug Dickey pitched one,” Kirchner said. “They all threw strikes and got people out.

“We had good pitching and defense, and obviously, some timely hits as well.”

The Angels combined for 12 hits on the night.

Highlights included Derek Zitzow, who finished 3-4 with 3 RBIs; Phil Kirchner, who went 3-5 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs; and a pair of hits each for Connor McLeod and Trevor Tappe.

“Anytime you get 12-13 hits in a game, you should win,” Kirchner said.

The Hi-10 conference victory gave the Angels an 11-11 overall record heading into this Saturday’s doubleheader in Audubon, which marked their final games of the regular season.

“The playoffs start Monday with a home game for us, which will most likely be played in Audubon due to the (Northwest) Water Carnival,” Kirchner said.

Game time is at 6 p.m.

“We have eight teams in our league, and the top four go to regions,” the DL coach said. “Right now we’re sitting at second seed in our division, which means we have to win two out of three games (to advance).

“Hopefully if we get our whole roster there and ready to play, we can make a run at regions and state.”

If the Angels make it to regions, “that’s a whole new ballgame for us,” Kirchner said, as only the top two teams in the region make it to the state tournament.

“That’s what we’re striving for, to play our best ball here at the end (of the season), and to be consistent,” he added, noting that it’s important for players to perform consistently through all nine innings of a game — because if you have eight great innings and only one bad, you can still lose.

Angels results - Henning at Detroit Lakes, Wednesday, July 10

Henning  000 000 00 – 0   1   1

DL          311 400 01 – 10 12 1

Detroit Lakes

                        AB    R      H      Bi

C. McLeod       3      3      2      0

N. Eidenschink 2      0      0      0

K. McLeod        1      2      1      1

P. Kirchner        5      1      3      2

D. Dickey          5      1      0      1

R. Oistad          3      3      1      0

D. Zitzow          4      0      3      3

T. Tappe           4      0      2      2

R. Berg             4      0      0      1

M. Jorgenson   3      0      0      0

N. Polajewski    1      0      0      0

Totals               35   10   12   9

2B: McLeod, Kirchner (2)…SB: McLeod (2), McLeod, Oistad (2)…HBP: Oistad (2)…SH: McLeod

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL – Polejewski 1-0-0-1-0-0; C. McLeod 0-0-0-0-2-0; Oistad 0-0-0-0-1-0; Dickey 0-0-0-0-0-0.

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Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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