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Amateur Baseball: The Club faces elimination after first-round loss against Marble

The Detroit Lakes Baseball Club faces elimination from the regional tournament playoffs after losing 10-0 to the Marble Mallards in Grand Rapids on July 31.

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Detroit Lakes Baseball Club relief pitcher Matt Huberty delivers a pitch from the mound during The Club's 10-0 loss to the Marble Mallards in Grand Rapids, Minn. on July 31, 2022.
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DETROIT LAKES — The Detroit Lakes Baseball Club is one loss away from ending its inaugural season following a 10-0 defeat at the hands of the Marble Mallards on Sunday.

The Detroit Lakes lineup managed only five hits through seven innings, while striking out 10 times, against Mallard pitching before the game was called due to the mercy rule. The game was also the first round of a double-elimination regional tournament to decide which team will represent district 10 in the state tournament.

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Detroit Lakes Baseball Club catcher Brandon Johnson leaps for a throw as a run scores during The Club's 10-0 loss to the Marble Mallards in Grand Rapids, Minn. on July 31, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

"Marble showed why they are the two-seed in their league," said Brandon Johnson, player-manager for The Club. "They're a very good team that hits really well 1-9, and their pitching was pretty solid. We couldn't really string anything together. We had a few chances where we were putting things together, but we just couldn't capitalize."

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Detroit Lakes Baseball Club outfielder Tom Truedson watches an inside pitch during The Club's 10-0 loss to the Marble Mallards in Grand Rapids, Minn. on July 31, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

Blaine Henderson gave up nine runs, six earned, on 11 hits through six innings of work in his start on the mound. He struck out three batters and issued five walks over the course of the game.

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Henderson held the Mallards to a single run in each of the game's first four frames, but gave up two in the fifth and three in the sixth, which put the game out of reach.

In relief, Matt Huberty gave up the tenth-run in the bottom of the seventh inning, which triggered the mercy rule.

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Detroit Lakes Baseball Club starting pitcher Blaine Henderson delivers a pitch from the mound during The Club's 10-0 loss to the Marble Mallards in Grand Rapids, Minn. on July 31, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

"When (Blaine) would miss his spot, they would hit it and, when they hit it, they would hit hard," Johnson said. "Overall, we played an OK game. They are just solid. They got a run, got a run, got a run and then broke it open."

The Club's offensive threat came in the top of the fourth inning following singles from Tristan Wimmer and Zach Oistad, which put runners on the corners with one out. However, Justin Hoskins grounded into a 4-6-3 inning-ending double play. The Club managed only one hit for the rest of the game.

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Detroit Lakes Baseball Club second baseman Casey Ness prepares to catch a throw from home plate during a stolen base attempt, part The Club's 10-0 loss to the Marble Mallards in Grand Rapids, Minn. on July 31, 2022.
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Detroit Lakes Baseball Club outfielder Tom Truedson swings at a pitch during The Club's 10-0 loss to the Marble Mallards in Grand Rapids, Minn. on July 31, 2022.
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Detroit Lakes Baseball Club third baseman Tristan Wimmer throws to first base during The Club's 10-0 loss to the Marble Mallards in Grand Rapids, Minn. on July 31, 2022.
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Detroit Lakes will take on the Roseau Royals on Saturday, Aug. 6 in a win-or-go-home contest in Ada. First pitch is scheduled for 10 a.m. If the Club wins against it will play their next game on Sunday, Aug. 7 at 1 p.m. in Ada.

"We just need to put the ball in play a few more times and strike out a few less times, capitalize with runners on and shore up the defense," said Johnson. "It's playoff baseball. We're gonna show up and play hard."

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Box score of Detroit Lakes Baseball Club v. Marble Mallards in Grand Rapids on July 31, 2022.
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