It was a measure of revenge for the Detroit Lakes Senior Babe Ruth Baseball team when they picked up a 9-5 and 9-0 doubleheader sweep of the Perham Buzz at Washington Park on July 30.
Earlier in the season, Perham cruised to a pair of wins over Detroit Lakes, but it was Detroit Lakes, who was the dominant team at Washington Park.
"In the final weeks of the season we have been working extremely hard on our mental toughness and our approaches at the plate, and that was evident with this doubleheader sweep," DL head coach Brandon Johnson said. "When things didn't go our way the boys showed growth and maturity in their grit by persevering and moving forward. The mental game of hitting has greatly improved this week with the boys having a solid approach at the plate and focusing on what they can control at the plate to do what is needed in the situation. That is evident with the 28 hits we had tonight, and only 3 strikeouts."
Logan Lund held the Buzz in check in game one, while Bradly Swiers was dominant in the win in game two.
Detroit Lakes broke a 4-4 tie with four runs in the fifth and another in the sixth for the victory.
Andrew Kulik laid down a bunt and an error was made on the play allowing a run to score. Another costly Perham error led to two runs when Tanner Brend reached.
Jordan Tucker drove in two runs in the fourth with an RBI single, which gave Detroit Lakes a 4-2 lead at the time. However, Perham answered back with two in the fifth inning.
Perham gained an early lead with a two-run double from Maddux Kovash, however it would be the only lead Perham would have on the day.
Jordan Tucker had two hits and drove in two runs for Detroit Lakes. Blaine Henderson and Jake Bishop had two hits each as well for Detroit Lakes. Swiers, Blake Itzen, Trevor Schnathorst, Zach Oistad and Kulik each had hits in the game. Swiers and Schnathorst each drove in runs for Detroit Lakes.
Kovash and Mulcahy each had two hits for Perham in the loss. Chas Melvin, Jacob McAllister and Andrew Smith each had a hit.
Mulcahy took the loss in relief. He allowed five runs on five hits. He struck out two batters.
Lund went the distance and gave up five runs on seven hits. He struck out eight batters and walked three.
Detroit Lakes wasted little time in taking control of the second game, scoring four first inning runs and adding on in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Swiers was the beneficiary of the run support for Detroit Lakes. He went the distance, blanking the Buzz on just two hits. He struck out three and allowed his defense to make plays behind him. Detroit Lakes recorded just one error in the game but Swiers worked around the first and third jam by recording a strike out, a pop out and a ground out.
Swiers had two hits and two runs scored at the plate. Tucker finished with three hits and a pair of runs batted in. Brend added two hits and an RBI, Schnathorst had two hits and a run batted in, while Oistad had two hits and drove in three runs. Jaden Thorson had a hit and a run batted in as well.
Finn Diggins took the loss for Perham on the mound. He allowed seven runs in four innings of work. Mulcahy and Alex Stoll had the hits for Perham in the loss.
Detroit Lakes plays doubleheaders on Tuesday, Aug. 4 and Thursday, Aug. 6 with Moorhead and Alexandria at Washington Park beginning at 5 p.m. DL will finish the season with a 9 inning game at home versus Fergus Falls on Saturday, Aug. 8.