DL softball sweeps two from Aitkin
The Laker softball team broke open a close opening game and blew out Aitkin in the nightcap to earn a Mid-State Conference sweep over the Gobblers Tuesday at Snappy Park.
The two teams were tied 3-3 in the first game heading to the home half of the fifth inning, but Detroit Lakes cored four and added five runs in the sixth inning to turn a tie game into a 12-3 victory. The Lakers continued the offensive momentum winning game two handily 15-0.
The Lakers never trailed in the series.
Laura Prussia walked and scored on a Madilyn Kirchner sacrifice fly in the first inning. Prussia walked and scored again in the third on a Lauryn Manning single and Manning made it 3-0 scoring on an error.
Kirchner allowed runs in only the fifth, a three-run homer by Kenna MacDonald to tie the score.
In DL’s fifth, Rachael Perkins doubled to score Manning for the lead. Mackenzie Braukmann singled and scored with Perkins on a Mercedez Bellanger three-run homer.
Braukmann had the big hit of the five-run sixth inning, a two-run home run with Perkins aboard and also had a stellar defensive play in centerfield that kept Gobbler runs off the scoreboard.
Kirchner was in command striking out a dozen Gobblers.
Bellanger pitched game two and got the benefit of a 10-run first inning in a game that only lasted three frames.
Kirchner and Jocelyn Patnaude each had two hits. Perkins and Prussia knocked in three runs each. Five different Lakers scored twice.
Bellanger fanned three, walked one and did not allow a hit. She threw only 35 pitches to get the win.
DL has won six of the last seven games to improve to 8-5 overall and remain in the hunt for the conference lead at 6-2. Park Rapids is in first at 5-1; Pequot Lakes is tied with DL for second place.
The Lakers face Alexandria (2-6) in a Section 8AAA matchup Thursday, May 10 at 5 p.m. at Snappy Park.
ATK 000 030 0 - 3 7 2
DL 102 045 X - 12 13 0
WP: Madilyn Kirchner; LP: Grace Liljenquist; HR: DL - Mackenzie Braukmann, Mercedez Bellanger; ATK - Kenna MacDonald.
DL 10 3 2 - 15 7 1
ATK 0 0 0 - 0 0 0
WP: Mercedez Bellanger; LP: Kailey Piekkenpol; HR: Rachael Perkins.