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A little patience paid off for the U-18 Detroit Lakes softball team in game one of a doubleheader against visiting Breckenridge Tuesday on the new field at Snappy Park. The Cowgirls kept the Lakers scoreless in the first three innings to build a 1-0 lead, but DL busted out for four runs in the fourth and another in the fifth to win 5-4. Breckenridge forced the split with a 15-8 win in the nightcap, keeping DL at .500 at 5-5. "We had a slow start in the first game, but the girls eventually came up with four runs in the fourth," said DL head coach Phil Kirchner.
The Izzo's VFW baseball team ran into a hot-hitting Perham squad Tuesday, losing their home doubleheader 10-0 and 13-3. The Izzo's squad was plagued with errors, thus forcing their pitchers to throw extra pitches and giving Perham extra at-bats in the losses. "We just weren't ready to play in the first game and our defense hurt us again," said VFW head coach Taylor Fuhs. "That is something we will continue to work on." Perham jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first inning in game one, while DL managed just one hit in the six innings of play.
For most youth who want to get out and play a round of golf, it consists of either buying a membership or paying for a green fee, getting in the car and driving to their course of choice. But for the Smith siblings -- Karter and Kate -- a round of golf is as easy as opening up the back door. The game of golf has been at the two Smiths' fingertips since they've been very young, when their parents -- Kris and Margery -- bought the Ironman Golf Course of Detroit Lakes in 2000.
A six-run lead wasn't safe for neither the Detroit Lakes nor Perham Legion baseball teams Tuesday. The Post 15 squad was the first to blow a 6-0 advantage after two innings, as the Buzz kept pecking into the deficit, before hitting the apex with a six-run fifth inning to win 10-6 in game one of a doubleheader in Perham Tuesday. In the nightcap, it was the Lakers turn to bail out of a 6-0 hole after two innings, tying the game in the top of the fourth, but ultimately losing in the bottom of the seventh 7-6. "Defensively, I was very frustrated," said DL head coach Mitch McLeod.
For the Detroit Lakes Izzo's VFW players, the next step is right around the corner. It's the job of head coach Taylor Fuhs to prepare them to round that corner smoothly as the VFW season progresses. After a convincing sweep of East Grand Forks last week by the scores of 11-10 and 22-3, the Izzo's squad has potentially done just that, after starting the season with six straight losses. "We recently have turned things around," Fuhs said. "We are going to stay with the fundamentals and learn how to see the ball, field the ball and throw strikes.
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.