The Detroit Lakes Angels know how to win elimination playoff games after reeling off five consecutive victories in the Region 14C playoffs to claim runners-up honors and qualify for the Minnesota Baseball Association Class C Amateur tournament.
The Angels bounced back in Regions after a 6-5 upset loss to Sebeka in New York Mills and defeated Wadena-Deer Creek 11-2, the Perham Pirates 11-1, Nimrod 2-1, Midway 8-5 and Bertha 4-1 before falling 12-1 in seven innings to the Region 14C champions New York Mills. The Millers earned a first round bye at state and will face the winner of Milroy and St. Benedict. Mills makes their first appearance at state since 1975.
The Angels last appeared in 2013 in a 25-15 season.
Dl was 8-7 in the Hi-10 League this season finishing third behind Bertha (11-3) and NY Mills (9-6), before going 5-1 in the postseason.
The Angels were second in the Region in batting hitting .286 as a team led by Jack Kippen who hit .500 in five games getting five hits in 10at-bats. Phil Kirchner appeared in three games and hit .444 with a home run.
Scott Schroeder and Mason Swegarden continued to lead on the mound. Schroeder appeared in three games, picking up two wins against no losses. He had a miniscule earned runs average of 0.40 in 22.1 innings. He struck out 18 batters and walked five.
Both Schroeder and Mason Swegarden were near the top of the Region in playoff strikeouts. Swegarden had a team-high 23. He was a strong two-way player finishing fourth in tournament play with nine total bases. Swegarden was 3-0 with an ERA under one at 0.82.
DL pitchers had the most work in 14C with seven games. The team combined for a 5-2 record, a cumulative ERA of 3.24, giving up 28 runs, 21 earned, in 58.1 innings.
Connor McLeod and Josh Bollig led the tournament with six runs scored each. Adam Geiger and Connor Johnson finished in the top four with six runs batted each.
The Angels will face Lastrup in a must-win to advance opening round game at 1:30 p.m. at Saints field in Dassel. Saints Field is also the host site for the Class C championship game Monday, Sept. 5.
Updates from Dassel will be posted on Twitter (@DLakesSports) Saturday afternoon with photos and a game story to follow on dl-online.com.
Angels Region Batting Averages
Jack Kippen .500
Scott Schroeder .500
Phil Kirchner .444
Adam Geiger .364
Connor McLeod .353
Bryan Buhr .318
Connor Johnson .316
Mason Swegarden .313
Taylor Wood .261
Josh Bollig .259
Lane Ulmer .250
Tom Truedson .227
Kai McLeod .200
Kirk McLeod .200
Sam Beck .143
Scott Schroder 2-0, 0.40
Mason Swegarden 3-0, 0.82
Brian Cooksey 0-0, 1.80
Bryan Buhr 0-0, 7.71
Jackson Nelson, 0-2, 20.25