Bemidji and Thief River Falls both put up double digits in runs scored handing Detroit Lakes back-to-back softball losses for only the second time this season Friday, May 10 in Thief River Falls.
The Lakers got off to a strong start against Bemidji posting a nine-run third inning to lead 9-3.
Bemidji took advantage of Laker pitching and defensive miscues scoring eight times in the fifth on four hits, three walks and a pair of DL errors.
The Lumberjacks offensive streak continued with a single run in the sixth inning and five more in the seventh to take a 18-9 lead.
Sara Freeman hit her team-leading fifth home run in the seventh making the final 18-12.
DL starter Madilyn Kirchner (8-3) gave up a season-high 13 hits, 12 walks and 13 earned runs. She fanned seven batters. The defense committed five errors.
Offensively, Kirchner and Laura Prussia had four hits each.
The Prowlers used a similar recipe in the nightcap to defeat the Lakers 13-3 in six innings.
“We took a couple steps backwards today,” Laker head coach Phil Kirchner said. “Making less mistakes and learning how to compete will be the keys for the next couple weeks.”
Dakota Moran’s two-run home run in the second inning gave DL another early lead that did not last.
Thief River Falls took advantage of three Laker errors and misplayed balls scoring 10 unanswered runs in response. DL’s defense committed five errors allowing the Prowlers to win easily 13-3 by the mercy rule in the 6th inning.
The Laker offense managed only four hits.
Mercedez Bellanger (3-3) took the loss giving up 12 hits, walking three, striking out two and giving up six earned runs.
Thief River Falls finished off a big offensive day defeating Bemidji 16-1 in four innings to complete the home sweep.
The Lakers drop to 11-6 overall and will finish up the regular season next week on Tuesday, May 14 against Perham and section opponents Fergus Falls on Thursday, May 16.
The playoffs start on Tuesday May 21.