No. 3 Detroit Lakes was held to three hits and eliminated from the Section 8AAA baseball playoffs in a 5-1 loss on the road at No. 1 Sartell-St. Stephen Thursday, June 3.
The Lakers held a 1-0 lead after scoring unearned in the top of the third inning.
Jake Bishop reached on an error to start the inning, advanced to second on a groundout and took third on a wild pitch.
Blaine Henderson picked up the lone Laker RBI on a grounder to shortstop to bring Bishop home.
Henderson started the game on the mound and held the Sabres at bay through three innings of scoreless ball.
The Sabres tied the game on a fielder’s choice grounder by Blake Haus to Laker shortstop Trevor Schnathorst in the bottom of the fourth.
A single and a Laker two-base error in the bottom of the fifth kick-started a four-run, fifth inning for the top-seeded Sabres.
The Lakers saved an early run when Logan Lund fired the ball home to Bradly Swiers to nail Charlie Kent trying to score from third base for the first out of the inning.
The next batter, Steven Brinkerhoff doubled to plate two runners for a 3-1 lead. Brinkerhoff scored on a groundout later in the inning and Haus singled in Kalen Lewis to cap the rally.
The Lakers put a runner in scoring position in the sixth and seventh innings but failed to move around the bags against starter Tyler Phelps-Hemmesch.
Phelps-Hemmesch pitched the entirety of the game aside from the final out. Tyler Gentile came on in relief to nail down the victory by striking Schnathorst out looking with Jordan Tucker and Henderson aboard.
Henderson struck out one and walked two batters. Phelps-Hemmesch fanned four and walked five.
Tucker, Tanner Brend and Swiers had the three Laker hits, all singles.
Lewis led the Sabres going 3-3 with a run scored. Jack Greenlun and Brinkerhoff each had two hits.
The Lakers’ season ends with a record of 18-4.
Sartell-St. Stephen (19-3) will play No. 5 Alexandria (14-8) for a spot in the championship game. The Cardinals defeated No. 4 ROCORI 6-3. Alex has won five straight games and nine of the last 10. In two meetings, Sartell-St. Stephen defeated Alex 12-2 at home and 4-0 in Alexandria.
No. 2 Bemidji (15-7) staved off elimination ending the season of No. 6 Little Falls (8-14) by a score of 8-2 and will face ROCORI (13-9) in St. Cloud Tuesday, June 8, with the season on the line for both teams.
Bemidji swept two from ROCORI in Cold Spring earlier in the season by a combined score of 20-3.
Sartell-St. Stephen 5, Detroit Lakes 1
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WP: Tyler Phelps-Hemmesch; LP: Blaine Henderson
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