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15U team finishes season at state

Jordan Tucker (64), Trevor Schnathorst (67) and the Detroit Lakes 15U Babe Ruth baseball team finished a successful season with a state tournament appearance in Maplewood over the weekend. Robert Williams / Tribune

The Detroit Lakes had a tough weekend defensively and dropped three games at the 2018 Minnesota Babe Ruth 15-year-old State Tournament in Maplewood.

“With walks, along with battling through poor, weather-related field conditions, our bats didn't make up for it,” head coach Steve Tucker said.

Roseau defeated DL 4-2 to open tournament play Thursday, July 19.

Jordan Tucker pitched six strong innings giving up only two hits and recorded five strikeouts and four walks. Roseau scored half of their runs on defensive miscues by DL before adding two more in the seventh inning.

A late comeback by the Lakers in the bottom of the seventh cut the lead in half but came up short with the tying run at the plate.

The St. Paul East Twins erased an early DL lead to win 9-5 Friday, July 20.

DL got on the board first with a run in the first inning, but the Twins came out swinging to plate five in the home half.  

DL cut into to lead trailing 5-3 after five innings of play but cashed in on more DL errors to extend the lead.

DL faced Breckenridge in the final game of the season Saturday, July 21 falling 8-5.

“The boys never gave up and made each game interesting but just came up short at the end,” Tucker said. “Still a good showing against some really tough competition and (they) should be proud of their season.

Tanner Brend held Breckenridge to one run on three hits through his four innings on the mound.

“Again, we were within one run going into the fifth inning when their bats came alive for four hits and a walk to score three runs,” said Tucker.

DL trailed 8-1 before rallying in the seventh inning for four runs to close to 8-5 but left the bases loaded to end the rally and the season.  

The Lakers offense was led by Jordan Tucker who went 6-11 at the plate with three RBI and three runs scored. Tanner Brend and Blaine Henderson had three hits each. Rich Person had three hits and three RBI. Jordan Tucker, Jake Bishop and Andrew Kulik reached base safely eight, six and five times respectively for the tournament.  

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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