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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.
There was 100-percent love for homeboy LeBron James in the state and city he grew up in for the last decade, with not an ounce of hate for Ohio's most popular man. That dramatically changed at about 8:27 p.m. central time Thursday evening, as James turned his back on his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers and decided to form one of the most-talented trios ever manifested in the NBA. James drew instant ire and bitterness in a sports town full of both, as he said he's taking his talents to Florida's South Beach team -- otherwise known at the Miami Heat.
There were two negative facets of the game which led to a sweep at the hands of the Fergus Falls Post 30 squad Thursday, as the Detroit Lakes Legion squad was inflicted with errors and walks. Post 15 suffered a pair of losses by the scores of 14-7 and 13-5 at Washington Ballpark, after six errors led to 10 unearned runs in game one and 10 walks aided Fergus Falls in game two. "Those are killers," said DL head coach Mitch McLeod on the errors and walks.
The battle for the Hi-10 League title is heating up, as the Detroit Lakes Angels are right in the thick of things. The Angels are currently leading the way with a 9-4 record, with three teams -- Wadena-Deer Creek, Bertha and Bluffton -- within one game. The annual Fourth of July game helped DL's cause, as the Angels pitched by the visiting Frazee Flames 6-2 at the DL High School field, due to Washington Ballpark being flooded from the previous night's downpour.
Defense was the equalizer for the Detroit Lakes Post 15 baseball squad, after giving up a bevy of walks Tuesday against visiting Thief River Falls. Post 15 managed the sweep by answering a couple of big Bandit early innings and committing just one error in the doubleheader. "We've eliminated the errors, now we just need to eliminate the walks," said DL head coach Mitch McLeod. "Our pitchers are not trying to walk guys, but they are not going aggressively against the bottom of the order.
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.