Lakers pounce on Bagley fast
An upset wasn't in the cards for the first round of the Section 8-2A playoffs as the top-seeded Detroit Lakes baseball team snuffed out any hope for the No. 8 Bagley early with a 10-1 victory.
"We wanted to jump on them early and get them down so not to give them any hope," said DL senior shortstop Reed Oistad, the team's leading hitter with a batting average just over the .500 mark.
That hope was sapped in the first inning as DL junior ace Brock Johnson struck out the first three Flyers, while the Laker batters put six runs on the board in the bottom half of the inning.
The Lakers used four hits -- including an RBI double by Oistad, who went 3-4 for the game -- and two Bagley errors to do their damage.
"The key we wanted was to make sure we got out ahead early and just put the ball in play," said DL head coach Steve Fuhs. "Brock did his thing, too."
His "thing" are strikeouts and limited hits, with Johnson mowing down eight Bagley hitters and allowing four hits.
"We threw mostly all fastballs and worked some breaking stuff in later just to get Brock some work with that," Fuhs said.
While Johnson struck out his first three batters, the Lakers gained base in their first three at-bats.
Senior second baseman Aaron Gnoinsky was hit by a Nick Spray pitch, while Max Knoll gained a bloop single to rightfield.
Oistad marked up the first run with an RBI double, which was followed by a one-out error by Bagley to score Knoll on a Nick Polejewski hit.
Senior catcher Brandon Johnson delivered an RBI single to right-center, while No. 7 hitter Joe Thompson continued to be solid at the plate with a run-producing double to score Tyler Fode, who was pinch running for Brandon Johnson.
By the time the dust settled, DL was up 6-0, with Brock Johnson already humming along.
"We figured they would throw a lefty (Spray) and curveballs, so we were ready," Oistad said of DL's hitting attack, which collected a total of 11 hits. "Our balance (in the batting order) helps a lot. Our lower order guys are getting on base and giving the upper order guys a chance to hit them in."
One of those lower order hitters was Thompson, who finished going 2-2 with two RBIs and a double. Even Fode, who pinched hit for Thompson, earned a double at the seven slot in the sixth frame.
The Lakers were also aggressive on the pads, stealing three bases.
That aggressiveness resulted in two runs, after the Bagley catcher attempted to throw out DL runners at second base on two separate occasions, while a runner took home from third base on the throw down.
Bagley figured out Brock Johnson in one inning by collecting three hits and a run on a Tal Iverson RBI single, but it was much too little, way too late.
Kyle Muckenhirn wrapped the game up in the seventh by putting the Bagley batters down in order to preserve the 10-1 win.
"The defense made the plays when they had to and they caught everything they were suppose to," Fuhs said.
The Lakers advanced to the second round, which is still single elimination, Saturday (results will be in Wednesday's Becker County Record).
If the Lakers are victorious Saturday, they will start the double elimination portion of the playoffs at Crookston Tuesday, starting at 3 p.m.
The finals will be Thursday at a site to be determined.
Section 8-2A playoffs, first round: (8) Bagley at (1) Detroit Lakes, Thursday, May 28.
Flyers 000 010 0 - 1 4 2
Lakers 601 210 x - 10 11 1
AB R H Bi
A. Gnoinsky 2 1 0 0
D. Cole 2 1 1 0
M. Knoll 4 2 2 0
R. Oistad 4 2 3 1
Bro. Johnson 3 0 0 0
A. Guetter 1 0 1 1
N. Polejewski 2 1 0 0
K. Muckenhirn 1 0 0 0
Bra. Johnson 3 1 1 2
J. Thompson 2 2 2 2
T. Fode 1 0 1 1
C. McLeod 2 0 0 0
T. Manning 2 0 0 0
A. Pedersen 2 0 0 0
Totals 31 10 11 6
2B: Oistad, Thompson, Fode.
AB R H Bi
D. Spray 3 0 0 0
C. Newland 3 0 0 0
J. Merck 3 0 0 0
M. Thorson 3 0 1 0
N. Spray 3 0 1 0
L. Dahl 3 1 0 0
C. Young 1 0 0 0
D. Hanson 3 0 1 0
T. Iverson 3 0 1 1
J. Jordan 2 0 0 0
Totals 26 1 4 1
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL - Bro. Johnson (WP) 6-4-1-1-0-8; K. Muckenhirn 1-0-0-0-0-1...Bagley: N. Spray (LP) 6-11-10-6-6-6.