The Detroit Lakes girls softball team swept a Mid-State Conference doubleheader Tuesday, April 30 combating cold temperatures with hot bats in victories of 10-0 and 15-4 at Snappy Park.
Matteya Borah got the barrage started early leading off game one with a solo home run which provided enough scoring for starter Madilyn Kirchner who cruised through the Rangers batting order.
Kirchner allowed only one hit and struck out eight batters to improve her record to a perfect 5-0 on the season.
Leading the offensive attack was Autumn Kulik with three hits. Mercedez Bellanger and Borah both recorded two hits, combining with Kulik for seven of the Lakers nine hits in the game.
DL pounded out 16 hits in a six-inning win in game two.
Bellanger was the benefactor of big offense picking up the win in the circle and improving to 3-2 overall.
The Lakers scored six times in the first inning highlighted by a three-run homer from junior Taylor Prussia followed by a Kulik blast over the fence. The shot was Kulik’s first career home run which she followed with a two-run shot later in the game. She had six hits between the two games.
Borah was a perfect 4-4 in game two and matched Kulik’s effort with six hits on the day.
Bellanger connected with a towering homer, part of her four RBI day.
The Lakers improved to 8-2 overall and 6-0 in the Mid-State.
DL travel to Park Rapids Thursday, May 2 to face the three-time defending conference champion Panthers for two games beginning at 4 p.m. Both teams are undefeated in conference play and Thursday’s tilt will likely factor into the conference championship.
The Panthers three-season run atop the standings followed a four-year run by Pequot Lakes.
The Lakers last Mid-State title came in 2010-11, a 10-2 season in Mid-State play.
The teams split two games last season. The Panthers have won five of the past six meetings.