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A Taylor Fuhs grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning was the finishing touch in the No. 2 Detroit Lakes Angels 12-0 victory over No. 7 Dent in the opening round of the Hi-10 League playoffs Wednesday. Fuhs' deep shot flew over the right field fence, along with the Bulldogs' hope to keep the game close, as the Angels advanced to second round of play -- which was held Friday evening at Washington Ballpark against Bluffton.
With the American Legion District playoffs starting today (Wednesday), the Post 15 squad had a fine tune-up of a weekend by going 3-2 in the Water Carnival Tournament Thursday-Sunday at Washington Ballpark. The No. 4 Detroit Lakes Legion squad opened the District playoffs in Perham Wednesday against No. 1 East Grand Forks, with No. 2 Perham facing No. 3 Thief River Falls in the other bracket game. The Lakers have more than enough field time after playing 16 games in the last 11 days -- including two tournaments -- with a solid performance to bookend the regular season.
Even Mother Nature is having a tough time stopping the Lakes Area Screaming Eagles this summer. The Eagles extended their 2010 winning streak to seven games, as they crushed the No. 3 seeded Minnesota Sting 36-0 in the Northern Power Football League playoffs to advance to the championship game Saturday in Menomenie, Wis. Even the torrential rains and thunderstorms that pounded Frazee Saturday during the tilt, couldn't stop the Screaming Eagles' offense or defense.
During last year's Water Carnival Men's Softball Tournament, Patrick Scott was doing what he loved -- playing softball. But 34-year-old Scott wasn't ready to die doing what he loved to do, yet. Scott suffered one of the deadliest heart attacks a person could have on that sunny afternoon at Snappy Park -- otherwise known as the "Widowmaker". It's a condition which doesn't discriminate by age and one that only 10 percent of victims survive.
There were two good signs Thursday as the Detroit Lakes Post 15 team opened up its annual Water Carnival Tournament at Washington Ballpark. First, DL posted a 5-0 win over Fargo and secondly, it seems Post 15 ace Brock Johnson is back on track. Johnson pitched his second strong game in a row, mowing down the Fargo hitters for the complete game victory and limiting them to just three hits. He also posted a doughnut in the walk category, while striking out eight.
The Detroit Lakes Angels made it quick and fleet on the visiting New York Mills Millers Wednesday. Before even recording the first out in the bottom of the first inning, the Angels had already racked up 13 runs, which ultimately led to a 24-2 pasting of the undermanned Millers. All nine batters scored in the first inning, then the next four plated runs, before the Millers notched their first out of the frame. The Angels collected nine hits, along with two New York Mills errors to answer a two-run top of the first for the Millers.
The last time Matt Nagel teamed up with his father, Clay, the duo made Minnesota wrestling history. From his eighth grade year on in Frazee, Matt Nagel collected five state championships, a first for a Minnesota wrestler, as he learned and prospered under his head coach and father, Clay. Matt Nagel moved on to bigger and better things, signing with the University of Minnesota Golden Gopher wrestling team -- considered traditionally one of the top programs in the nation under head coach J Robinson -- and earned All-American status his junior season during the 2004-05 season.
All that Brent Eidenschink wants is one more chance. After four years of adversity caused by a multitude of injuries suffered during Eidenschink's time as a University of Minnesota Golden Gopher wrestler, he will get that last chance this year. And expect Eidenschink to take 100 percent, full advantage of it. The former Detroit Lakes wrestling standout committed to the Gophers after his senior year. He made a promise to the program and Gopher head coach J Robinson that he will follow through on his commitment -- no matter what.
There were games galore for the Detroit Lakes Post 15 baseball team, which ended a five-day, eight-game span with a split against visiting West Fargo Tuesday. Post 15 started its busy period by going 1-3 in the Ely Tournament Friday-Sunday, then was swept by Moorhead at home Monday and earned the split Tuesday. DL scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 3-1 victory from West Fargo in the first game of a doubleheader, but lost 8-7 in the nightcap. Nate Baker pitched a strong first game for DL, allowing just four hits, while Post 15 picked up five themselves.
For the last two seasons, the Lakes Area Screaming Eagles went limping along into the playoffs, resulting in a first-round loss each time. But this year, Lakes Area is a machine on a roll. Lakes Area will be hosting the Minnesota Sting Saturday in the Northern Power League playoffs, starting at 5 p.m. on the Frazee High School football field, and the team will be doing so riding a six-game winning streak. The regular season schedule ended with a dominating 42-0 victory over Central Minnesota last Saturday on the St. John's University field.