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The Detroit Lakes softball team found two different dominating ways to win Tuesday in Crosby-Ironton, as the Lakers upped their Mid-State Conference record to 4-0. Senior pitcher Callea Butz was dominating factor No. 1 after she bowled through the Ranger lineup in the form of 15 strikeouts with a one-hit 3-0 win. In game two, it was the Laker bats which applied some big-time punch, as the offense belted out 19 hits in a five-inning 18-2 blowout. "Another thing, we had only two errors on the day, too," said DL head coach Phil Kirchner.
It was a complete sweep -- and then some -- at the Wadena-Deer Creek Track and Field Invite Thursday for the Detroit Lakes boys' and girls' track teams. Each of the boys and girls squads won team titles, while Laker sophomore Jess Stelter won the girls' Most Outstanding Athlete award after she won four events. But all the hardware won by the Lakers wasn't the focus of the teams, said DL head coach Mike Labine. "Yes, we won the meet, but that wasn't our focus, instead we went there to just get better," Labine said. "And everyone got better Thursday.
Chad Greenway. Adrian Peterson. Jared Allen. Percy Harvin. These are the four names in which the Brad Childress regime has drafted -- or traded for in Allen's case -- in the first round of the NFL Draft. There's been plenty of flash, excitement and production. And, plenty of Viking fans being spoiled. All four are major contributors to an NFL team which went 12-4 and all were highly-toted draft picks during the draft. So what happened this past weekend when there wasn't any flash or sparkle to the Vikings' eight draft picks?
Errors always come into play in the game of baseball and in Tuesday's Mid-State Conference doubleheader in Detroit Lakes, they played an important factor -- those committed and those prevented. The visiting Crosby-Ironton Rangers accumulated eight errors combined in the two games, leading to 12 unearned runs in a pair of 10-0 and 4-3 losses to Detroit Lakes. On the flipside, the Lakers had two errors, but the insertion of senior T.J. Manning at first base by head coach Steve Fuhs paid dividends. "This is one of the first times T.J.
The consistency was lacking for the Detroit Lakes boys' golf team after shooting a team score 675 in the Tri-State Golf Tournament held at the Hastings Country Club. DL's Karter Smith was flirting with a top 10 finish after shooting a three-over par 75 Friday, but finished tied for 29th overall after carding an 84 Saturday. Rounding out the Lakers' score were Connor Hedstrom's 167 and Michael Herzog's 173. Rick Hutchinson finished with a 176 and Ross Mickelson a 178.
A 12-2 victory put senior Alex Guetter back on track, after the Laker hurler struck out seven and walked just two in Thief River Falls Friday. It's an encouraging sign for the Lakers' pitching rotation, in which Guetter is No. 2. He also limited the Prowlers to just two hits. "Alex threw a nice game," said DL head coach Steve Fuhs. "If we are going to be successful and make a run in the section tournament, we need Alex to be a big part of it." Guetter's only two runs allowed resulted in a one-out walk and a one-out hit batter in the third and fourth innings.
A four-run inning in the Detroit Lakes Softball Invitational Saturday salvaged one win for the Lakers, who finished fourth in the eight-team tournament. The Lakers went 1-2 on the day, which was highlighted by a 4-2 victory over Lake Park-Audubon in the opening round. They then suffered losses to West Fargo 11-1 and Moorhead in the bronze game, 18-4. There was one facet of DL's game which was not present -- offense -- as the team produced only 15 hits on the day. "We've been batting strong all season, but not this weekend," said DL head coach Phil Kirchner.
What was a liability in the Detroit Lakes softball team's first two losses became a strength this week, as the defense stepped up big time for the Lakers in an impressive doubleheader sweep over visiting Perham Tuesday. The Lakers made all the plays in a 9-3 first game win, with no errors, and overcame five errors in game two with a couple of huge favorable plays at the plate in a narrow 9-8 walk-off win in the nightcap. "It's all about defense," said DL head coach Phil Kirchner.
With a little inconsistency still lingering, the Detroit Lakes girls' golf team is still finding top team finishes in the early part of the season. The Lakers finished second by only one stroke Friday in Perham, as the host Yellowjackets nipped DL 393 to 394. Courtney Hedstrom shot a fifth-place score of 94, while Perham's Holly Karkela won medalist laurels with an 85. "It's just been some course management problems with the girls, so far, but it's still early," said DL head coach Jen Hendrickson.
A seventh-inning rally came up far too short and far too late as the Detroit Lakes softball team dropped to 0-2 on the season with a 7-3 loss in Thief River Falls Friday. DL senior pitcher Callea Butz tossed all six innings and gave up just two earned runs, while five errors led to the other five being unearned. "If we could have played good defense, it would have bee a much closer game," said DL head coach Phil Kirchner. "Thief River Falls hit the ball well, though.