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Big bats bomb Yellowjackets

Laker pitcher Chaz Butz took both decisions in Perham Thursday. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Bob Williams

No lead is safe when it concerns the Detroit Lakes softball team’s bats and potent offense.

Recording a team batting average of .382 and any batter from one through nine able to go yard, the latest to fall at the feet of the Lakers were the Perham Yellowjackets Thursday.

The Lakers (8-3) erased two deficits to Perham with some longballs and timely hitting to sweep the Mid-State Conference doubleheader by the scores of 10-4 and 12-4.

“Our strong point right now is our hitting,” said DL head coach Phil Kirchner. “One through nine, all of our batters are hitting well and all are over .300 now.”

In game two, DL fell down 4-0 after two innings of play, but started the comeback with a run in the fourth on a Llecenia Burnside RBI fielder’s choice.

But the Lakers started getting serious after their two-run fifth, when they loaded the bases on three-straight hits by Burnside, Rachel Ianiro and Carolyn Kinney.

Two strikeouts and a walk, which pushed across the tying run, led to catcher Emily Seebold’s at-bat, which quickly produced four RBIs with a grand slam homer to put DL up 8-4.

“Emily is hitting .470 and already had two homeruns on the season,” Kirchner said. “She was able to draw a hitter’s count at 2-and-1 and drove it over the centerfield fence.”

Perham’s centerfielder had a chance to steal the homer, but couldn’t haul it in, as the ball deflected off her glove and over the fence.

DL put the clamps on with four more runs in the seventh, thanks to a two-run double by Kinney.

Junior pitcher Chaz Butz started a bit slow, giving up four hits and four runs in the first two innings, but settled in and allowed just one more hit in the final five innings.

Kinney, third baseman Kyra Vagle and first baseman Brooke Olson each had two hits, as DL finished with 11 as a team.

A seven-run fourth inning erased a 4-1 deficit, as DL cruised to a 10-4 win in game one.

Perham had three errors in the inning, while Olson had an RBI single, with Ianiro also picking up two RBIs.

Seebold added a two-run double in the frame, as the Lakers finished with a total of 17 hits, including a long homer by Olson in the seventh inning.

Freshman shortstop Emily Schiltz remained hot at the plate by going 3-4, while Ianiro was 3-4. Each of Vagle, Seebold, Olson and Maycen Kirchner had two hits.

Butz allowed seven hits, four earned runs and struck out four.

“With our batting, we are able to overcome some deficits, but we still need good pitching and defense because those hits will not always come,” Kirchner said.

The Lakers will host Waubun Monday at 5 p.m. and host Pequot Lakes Tuesday in a Mid-State doubleheader.

Currently, the Lakers are ranked second in the conference with a 5-1 record, and the favored Pequot Lakes is 6-0 in the Mid-State.

Detroit Lakes at Perham, Thursday, May 1

DL    100 701 1 – 10 17 0

Perh  103 000 0 -  4   7 4

Detroit Lakes

                        AB    R      H      Bi

C. Kinney            5      0      1      1

Vagle                 4      1      2      1

H. Stonstegard    3      1      1      0

E. Schiltz            4      1      3      0

E. Seebold          4      1      2      2

B. Olson             4      2      2      2

M. Kirchner         4      1      2      0

L. Burnside         4      1      1      0

R. Ianiro             4      2      3      2

Totals                36     10     17     8

HR: Olson…2B: Sonstegard, Seebold, Ianiro

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL – C. Butz (WP) 7-7-4-4-4-4…Perh: Doll (LP) 7-17-10-4-3-3

DL    000 125 4 – 12 11 2

Perh  310 000 0 – 4   5  1

Detroit Lakes

                        AB    R      H      Bi

Kinney               5      2      2      3

Vagle                 4      2      2      0

Sonstegard         4      2      1      1

Schiltz                2      0      0      0

Seebold             4      1      1      4

Olson                 4      1      2      0

Kirchner             3      1      1      0

Burnside            3      2      1      1

Ianiro                 4      1      1      0

Totals                32     12     11     9

HR: Seebold…2B: Kinney, Ianiro

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DL – C. Butz (WP) 7-5-5-4-2-2

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