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Johnson pitches gem vs. Frazee -- Bentley bats for three RBIs in win

Detroit Lakes' sophomore pitcher Brock Johnson added another layer of pitching depth Thursday in Frazee, after he tossed a one-hit shutout in a 7-0 Laker win.

Johnson had his location for his fastball working well, with accuracy being a strength, which was proven by his two walks and eight strikeouts.

The sophomore pitcher adds to senior starters Chris Gilson and Doug Dickey, who have each been solid in their six appearances this season.

"Brock was throwing his fastball 75 to 80 percent of the time (versus Frazee) and it was a sneaky fastball, due to his deliberate wind-up, which can fool the batter at times," said DL head coach Steve Fuhs. "He's a big, tall kid who has great potential. We just have to work on his curveball some, but overall, he threw strikes and the defense behind him played well."

The Lakers also gained a couple of timely hits, something which has been missing from their arsenal as of late.

First baseman Max Bentley made Frazee pay for its two errors in the sixth inning, hitting a two-out Texas Leaguer to shallow right field to bring in two runs and expand on a 2-0 margin.

DL finished with five runs in the inning to break open the game, with Dickey hitting a pinch-hit one-run double later in the frame.

"Those two-out hits have been something we've been missing, and it's led to a couple losses for us," Fuhs said. "We got a couple of breaks from their errors and then strung together some hits."

DL notched the first run in the third, after Johnson took a walk and later scored on an error.

Nick Polejewski scored DL's final run in the seventh, after drawing a walk and taking home on a Bentley RBI single.

Bentley finished with three hits and three RBIs, gaining the majority of DL's five total safeties.

Frazee pitcher Justin Hoskins used his effective breaking pitch to rack up eight strikeouts, but he also walked six for the loss. Brady Breitenfeldt pitched the final 1.1 innings for the Hornets, allowing the final run.

With the start of the Section 8-2A playoffs looming in a couple of weeks, the Lakers have two games remaining at home, against Moorhead Tuesday and Bemidji Wednesday. DL has a top-three seed locked up for the playoffs, with Thief River Falls and Warroad being the other two.

"I'd like to get a one or two seed and ensure a playoff game at home," Fuhs said.

Laker stats

Detroit Lakes at Frazee, Thursday, May 15.

Lakers 001 005 1 - 7 5 0

Hornets 000 000 0 - 0 1 3

Detroit Lakes


R. Oistad 4 0 0 0

A. Gnoinsky 3 1 0 0

Bra. Johnson 2 0 0 0

D. Dickey 2 1 1 1

N. Polejewski 3 1 0 0

N. Berg 0 1 0 0

C. Gilson 1 1 0 0

J. Tolbert 1 0 1 0

M. Knoll 2 0 0 0

M. Bentley 4 1 3 3

Bro. Johnson 2 1 0 0

M. Blanchard 2 0 0 0

K. Fode 0 0 0 1

Totals 26 7 5 5

2B: Dickey.



T. Tappe 3 0 0 0

N. Brower 3 0 0 0

No. 5 2 0 0 0

J. Hoskins 3 0 0 0

B. Breitenfeldt 3 0 0 0

T. Blauert 2 0 0 0

C. Overland 1 0 1 0

S. Oelfke 2 0 0 0

VanWatermulen 2 0 0 0

Totals 21 0 1 0

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL - Brock Johnson (WP) 7-1-0-0-2-8...Fraz: J. Hoskins (LP) 5.2-3-6-1-6-8; B. Breitenfeldt 1.1-2-1-1-1-1.