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Laker girls sweep Rangers in home opener

Madi Kirchner and teammate Lauryn Manning were both strong in the circle for Detroit Lakes allowing only one hit between the two in a doubleheader sweep of Crosby-Ironton Tuesday in Mid-State Conference softball. Robert Williams/Tribune

The No. 10AAA-ranked Detroit Lakes softball team improved to 4-0 on the season after a Mid-State Conference doubleheader sweep behind stellar pitching Tuesday at Snappy Park.

The Lakers won game one 11-0 behind a one-hitter thrown by Madi Kirchner. Lauryn Manning took the circle over in game two and held the Rangers hitless in a 7-0 Laker victory.

“Our pitching was very good and both girls did their jobs,” head coach Phil Kirchner said.

Kirchner gave the Laker offense plenty of breathing room striking out four of the first five batters she faced and seven in the game. She took a no-hitter into the fourth inning. The Rangers’ leadoff batter Caitlyn Gutzman singled to right field for the only hit by the visitors all day.

Kirchner erased the only real threat from C-I with a fly out to right field off the bat of Hannah Larson with two runners on base.

SYDNEY PRUSSIA

DL gave Kirchner a 2-0 lead manufacturing both first inning runs on four walks and no hits. Sydney Prussia and Rachel Perkins worked their way around the bases to score.

Ranger starter Tori DeCent retired the Lakers in order in the second before DL blew the game open in the third inning.

Kirchner walked to start the frame and Madi Anderson came on as a courtesy runner. Anderson was not on base long as Prussia sent a DeCent offering over the centerfield fence for a 4-0 lead.

DeCent struggled with command issuing four more walks and an error allowed  Perkins on base. McKenna Krengel, the Lakers’ lefty nine hitter, smacked a two-RBI single to score Mackenzie Braukmann and Betty Schouviller. Emily Schiltz also hat a hit in the inning as the Lakers batted around and led 8-0.

A leadoff single by Perkins chased DeCent to start the fourth inning. Manning reached on a walk from reliever Emma Sanford. Perkins scored unearned after taking second on an error in left field and a wild pitch. She crossed home on a sacrifice fly to centerfield by Maycen Kirchner. Manning scored the Lakers’ 10th run on a Braukmann single and Schouviller knocked in Braukmann with base hit for the final tally.

Kirchner fanned the final Ranger batter Macey Roach to end the game.

MCKENNA KRENGEL

Manning struck out seven Rangers and issued four walks to get the victory in game two.

Prussia continued a strong day at the plate with three hits and Maycen Kirchner had a pair of hits to pace the DL offense.

The Lakers were strong in the field as well committing only one error during the doubleheader.

“That is key because we are not always going to get strikeouts,” said coach Kirchner.

The pair of losses drop the Rangers to 1-6 overall and 0-4 in the conference.

The Lakers improve to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Mid-State. The Lakers host the DL invitational tournament Saturday, April 22 with teams from Fergus Falls, Hawley, Central Cass and Ogilivie. The Lakers first game begins at 10:15 a.m.

On the back of the hot start, the Lakers earned a No. 10 ranking in the first Minnesota State High School Coaches Association state poll.

Class AAA Softball Rankings

Rank.(prev) School (Section) -(Points)

1.(1) Mankato West (S2)-(77)

2.(1) Hermantown (S7)-(53)

3.(1) Visitation (S3)-(44)

4.(1) Becker (S5)-(42)

5.(1) Stewartville (S1)-(40)

6.(1) St. Anthony Village (S4)-(37)

7.(1) Benilde-St. Margaret's (S6)-(32)

8.(1) Hutchinson (S2)-(29)

9.(1) St. Paul Como Park (S4)-(28)

10.(1) Detroit Lakes (S8)-(27)

Others receiving votes: Academy of Holy Angels (S3)-(26), Rocori (S5)-(26),Totino-Grace (S4)-(18), Winona (S1)-(17), Chisago Lakes (S7)-(16), Mankato East (S2)-(13), Kasson-Mantorville (S1)-(9), Mahtomedi (S4)-(4), Alexandria Area (S8)-(3), Delano (S6)-(2), Waconia (S6)-(2), Big Lake (S5)-(1)

Rankings are a composite of the voting provided by Sections 1,2,3,5,6,7,8

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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