Trailing 4-2 in the sixth inning, the Detroit Lakes softball team earned its 11th victory of the season by way of a long ball comeback to defeat Alexandria 6-4 in a road Section 8AAA matchup Thursday, May 9.
Sara Freeman led off the sixth inning with a single and sophomore catcher Dakota Moran belted her first home run of the season to tie the game 4-4.
The Lakers loaded the bases on a Laken Weaver single, Matteya Borah sacrifice bunt, followed by a Madilyn Kirchner base hit and an intentional pass to Laura Prussia. A base-running error on a fly ball spoiled the rally and ended the DL threat.
After retiring the Cardinals, Autumn Kulik led off the seventh inning with a double and took third base on a Taylor Prussia sacrifice bunt. With a sacrifice fly opportunity, Freeman went one better lacing the first pitch she saw into the swamp over the centerfield fence to put the Lakers up 6-4.
Kirchner and the Laker defense stranded three Alex runners bottom of seven getting out of a one-out, bases-loaded situation on a pop-up to Kulik and force at home, Borah from third to Moran at the plate.
Alexandria stranded 10 runners in the game; the Lakers left 11 on the bags.
Kirchner gave DL a 1-0 lead in the first inning scoring on a wild pitch.
Kendra Hardy hit a homer for Alex in the home half of the first. The Cardinals led 3-1 after one.
Hardy’s second dinger of the game gave the Cards a 4-1 advantage after three.
The Lakers cut the lead in half on a Moran fielder’s choice in the fourth inning scoring Kulik.
DL stranded three runners in the fifth.
Kirchner picked up the win with 5 strikeouts and four walks. She allowed four runs, three earned to improve to 8-2 on the year.
Detroit Lakes improved to 11-4 overall and travels to Thief River Falls Friday, May 10 for a doubleheader versus Bemidji at 3 p.m. and Thief River Falls at 5 p.m.