DL softball misses timely hits in two playoff losses
Timely hitting was missing for the Detroit Lakes softball team after the Lakers lost their first two games of the district tournament to Ada-Borup and Norman County East in Hawley Tuesday.
The first game the Lakers took on Ada-Borup for a close 9-6 loss.
Pitcher Callea Butz had nine strikeouts in the loss, but limited the Ada hitters to just three walks and nine hits.
The Laker offense put together seven hits, unfortunately they came with few people on as they left nine runners on base, while seven of which were in scoring position.
However, Shayna Dugger had herself a day, as she was just a single away from the cycle as she went 3-4 on the day with four runs batted in.
Two of those runs came in the first inning as Dugger lifted a one-out two-run home run to score her and Jalen Even.
The fourth inning proved to be the deciding inning in the game as Ada scored eight runs to go ahead 9-5.
In the fifth inning, the Lakers left the bases loaded that would ultimately spell for disaster as Ada was able to snuff out the rally and sit the Detroit Lakes hitters down in the sixth and seventh.
The second game brought upon NCE, of which the Lakers had split with this year.
The Lakers opened the scoring early as Donna Wicker and Even got back-to-back singles and scored on sacrifice flies by Dugger and Brianna Seebold.
NCE however answered back by scoring two runs of their own in the bottom of the first.
NCE added two more in the second to go ahead 4-2 and one more run in the third to push their lead to 5-2.
The scoring halted until the top of the seventh when Detroit Lakes would mount a two-out rally, scoring one run before loading the bases.
Amalea Branden came up with two outs and the bases loaded, looking to put some runs on the board.
With a two balls and one strike count, she lifted a deep fly to left field - unfortunately it wasn't deep enough as the left fielder ranged backwards to camp under it for the third out.
The Lakers play today (Wednesday) with complete results of the tournament in Sunday's Tribune.