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Lakers’ bats stay hot in split with Park Rapids

Laker pitcher Emma Maguire pitched both games against Park Rapids Tuesday, as Detroit Lakes split with the Panthers in Mid-State Conference action. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

The longball once again salvaged a win for the Detroit Lakes softball team, this time it was off the bat of junior Emily Seebold, who blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to eventually lead the Lakers to a 10-9 victory over visiting Park Rapids Tuesday.

The victory stole the sweep from the Panthers, which prevailed 11-10 in game one of the Mid-State Conference doubleheader, as the Lakers split and go to 3-1 on the season.

“We were down in game two and the girls didn’t give up,” said DL head coach Phil Kirchner. “We were able to capitalize on their mistakes.”

Seebold’s three-run homer tied the game 9-9, after DL trailed 9-5 heading into the bottom of the seventh.

The Lakers kept the pressure on and ultimately won on a Panther error to secure the split.

Sophomore Emma Maguire made her varsity debut by pitching both games in the absence of regular starter junior Chaz Butz.

Maguire didn’t give up many free bases, but the Park Rapids lineup was able to put together over 20 hits on her in the two games.

DL also committed seven errors in game one, which led to five unearned runs in the 11-10 loss.

“We had 17 hits, but we also had seven errors, which kept Park Rapids around in the game,” Kirchner said. “There’s no excuse making that many errors, we just need to start making the plays.”

The Lakers worked their way back from a 5-1 deficit, which was keyed by a Morgan Dan three-run shot in the top of the first inning.

The Lakers scratched their way back into the game, then took a 10-8 lead with a seven-run fifth inning, with RBI hits by Carolyn Kinney, Kyra Vagle, Hailey Sonstegard, Brooke Olson and rachael Ianiro.

But a three-run sixth inning by the visitors, which came on three errors by DL, pushed them back ahead 11-10, while DL stranded two runners in the bottom of the seventh.

“Emma (Maguire) was around the plate in both games, which is good for a junior varsity pitcher,” Kirchner said. “She just needs to work on her location. The bottom line was our defense. We can’t make that many errors.”

The Lakers were led by leadoff hitters Kinney after going 3-5 with two RBIs, while each of Vagle, Sonstegard, Olson, Ianiro and Maycen Kirchner each had two hits.

DL will be in Staples-Motley Thursday for a Mid-State doubleheader and will host the Laker Invite Saturday at Snappy Park, with teams including Fergus Falls, Shanley (N.D.) and Valley City (N.D.).

Park Rapids at Detroit Lakes, Tuesday, April 22

PR    302 033 0 – 11 15 3

DL    001 270 0 – 10 16 7

Detroit Lakes

                        AB    R      H      Bi

C. Kinney         5      1      3      2

K. Vagle            5      1      2      1

H. Sonstegard  5      1      2      1

E. Schiltz          5      1      1      2

B. Olson           5      2      2      1

L. Burnside       3      0      0      0

E. Seebold       4      2      2      0

R. Ianiro           4      1      2      1

M. Kirchner       4      1      2      1

Totals               40   10   16   7

2B: Schiltz, Olson, Ianiro

Park Rapids

                        AB    R      H      Bi

B. Jerger           5      2      3      0

L. Naeve          5      3      3      1

H. Johnson       5      3      3      2

M. Dean           3      2      2      4

S. Johnson       4      0      2      0

B. Jerger           4      0      1      1

T. Johanning     4      0      0      0

S. Kinkel           4      0      1      0

C. Ridlen          4      1      0      0

Totals               38   11   15   8

HR: Dean…2B: B. Jerger

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL – E. Maguire (LP) 7-15-11-7-2-4…PR – B. Jerger 4.1-12-10-7-0-7; Dean (WP) 2.2-4-0-0-1-3. 

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Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.