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The three facets of baseball didn't come together for the Detroit Lakes Post 15 team in Fargo's God Bless America Tournament, Friday through Sunday. The Post 15 squad went 1-4 in the weekend tournament, as either defense, batting or pitching was a weakness in each game. "If we can field the ball and pitch strikes, we'll be in every game," said Legion head coach Mitch McLeod. That's what precisely happened in DL's lone win, a 12-1 victory over Pierre, S.D., in the opener Friday.
A logjam has been created at the top of the Hi-10 League, as the Detroit Lakes Angels added a bit more pressure on leader Wadena-Deer Creek. A 7-3 victory Friday in Henning over the Shockers (9-4) pulled the Angels (8-4) to within a half game of first place, while Brainerd and Bluffton are both one game behind at 7-4. Friday's game was held under the lights of the Henning baseball field, since the Wadena Chief Stadium was devastated by the tornado which hit Wadena a couple of weeks ago.
There have been some trials and tribulations for the Detroit Lakes U-18 softball team during summer league play, but they are picking up the most valuable factor, win or lose, and that's experience. The wins are not being sacrificed, though, as the Laker U-18 squad split with Norman County East at Snappy Park Tuesday. Behind the strong pitching of Sasha Cook, the Lakers downed NCE 17-2 in the first game, then dropped the second by a 10-1 score. "Sasha pitched well again for us, giving up just three hits," said DL head coach Phil Kirchner.
There has been a dramatic upheaval of philosophy this season for the Minnesota Twins -- and most of it for the good of team's fans. The biggest change, obviously, is the chance to visit and watch the Twins in one of the best baseball parks in the U.S., instead of by far the worst sports venue in America -- otherwise known as the H.H.H. Metrodome. That alone has transformed the Twins into a larger attraction than they once were, when they were playing under the Teflon of the Dome. No longer do fans have to be baseball enthusiasts to go watch a Twins game live.
The 2010 Legion baseball season started fast and furious for the Detroit Lakes Post 15 team, after the squad played five games in three days to win the Sam DuBois Division of the Red River Classic Tournament, held Friday through Sunday. All the games were played in West Fargo, where Post 15 finished with a record of 3-2. The DL squad opened the tournament with a 7-4 win over West Fargo Friday -- after games were postponed Thursday due to inclement weather -- then dropped a 5-2 loss to Midway/Minto.
Not only has the Lakes Area Screaming Eagle semi-pro football team put together five straight victories, they have done it in deciding fashion. The latest to fall victim to the Eagles' dominating roll were the visiting Brainerd Lumberjacks, who fell to Lakes Area 42-6 Saturday underneath the Frazee High School football field lights. Screaming Eagles quarterback Jason McCloskey threw for 364 yards after hitting 63 percent of his passes (23-36), while serving up three touchdowns and two interceptions. "We were hitting our short passes and our long passes," McCloskey said.
"Have bus, will travel." That's been the adage the Detroit Lakes football team has had to go with for more than a decade, with a schedule which brought the Lakers from Duluth to Minnetonka. But starting in 2011, the Lakers' bus won't have to travel as far as it has over the last decade after DL was accepted into the Heart O'Lakes Conference. "It's a conference we belong in," said DL head football coach Flint Motschenbacher. "It got to a point for us, where it was very tough to find games because we were not in a conference. "It gives us some consistency from year-to-year.
A crowd was gathered around the Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course's holding pond near the 18th green to watch the Class 2A championship Minnewaska girls' team do the traditional jump into the algae-thick water. Included in that crowd were the Detroit Lakes girls' golf team, holding their heads high as well, after finishing third in the state with a score of 726. That trip into the Ridges at Sand Creek pond is one the Lakers want to make one day, but for now, they are more than happy and proud for taking state bronze this year.
A valuable lesson was learned by the Detroit Lakes boys' golf team Thursday during the Class 2A state meet at the Ridges of Sand Creek Golf Course in Jordan. Play the first day like it's your last one. The Lakers finished in fifth place after having to use their first-day score of 315 when Thursday's session was lost due to severe thunderstorms. DL was making a push on Orono -- which ultimately won the state title with a 292 -- picking up 16 strokes on them and down only six when the meet was called. But some golfers were on hole 11 and others on hole 16.
There was a lot of silver lining in some stormy clouds in Becker Thursday during the Class 1A state boys' golf meet. Or should that be golden lining? Hornet sophomore Beau Hanson won Frazee's first-ever state golf championship, after he clinched the Class 1A individual title Thursday with a one-under par 71. It just came in an unusual way. After carding a one-under par 71 in the first round of the meet Wednesday at the Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker, day-two action was lost due to severe thunderstorms.