Baseball: Rocori rallies to knock off Detroit Lakes in the late innings
Recap from Detroit Lakes baseball vs. Rocori.
DETROIT LAKES – The Detroit Lakes baseball team dropped an impactful game on Friday against Rocori as the regular season winds down.
The Lakers (11-4) gave up five runs in the final two innings to fall 8-6 to the Spartans, who sit ahead of them in the Section 8-3A standings according to the QRF ratings at Minnesota-Scores.
Rocori got on the board with a run on a fielder’s choice in the top of the first inning. Detroit Lakes answered with three runs in the bottom of the second. Carson Rogstad drove in Kyler Johnston to tie the game before Bradly Swiers made it 3-1 with a single of his own.
The Spartans tied the game in the top of the fourth inning on a two-run blast before the Lakers took their largest lead of the game in the bottom of the frame. Kirchner made it 5-3 with an RBI double after Mason Omberg scored on a passed ball. Jordan Tucker put the finishing touches on a big inning with an RBI double to make it 6-3.
Rocori pulled within two runs before tying the game with a double in the top of the seventh. The Spartans took their first lead since the opening inning on a fielder’s choice before adding an insurance run on a single.
Noah Rieber took the loss on the mound for Detroit Lakes. He pitched only the seventh inning and allowed three runs. Tucker got the start and made it six innings. He allowed four earned runs on eight hits and struck out three batters.
Johnstson and Mason Omberg each had two-hit games for the Lakers at the plate. Swiers, Grady Kirchner, Tucker, Rogstad and Lyman also recorded hits.
Friday’s loss was a costly one as it severely hindered the Lakers’ chances of hosting a playoff game in round one. Detroit Lakes has a QRF rating of 79.6 compared to Rocori’s 98.7. The Lakers would need to beat Alexandria on Thursday and likely get some other help to hop into the fourth seed in the 8-3A standings. The high seeds host the first two days of the tournament, with the top two seeds earning byes.