Softball: Lakers rally to keep their season alive in Section 8-3A playoffs

Recap from Detroit Lakes softball against Willmar in the Section 8-3A playoffs.

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Detroit Lakes' Sidney Borgmann puts a tag on a Thief River Falls baserunner in the Lakers' Apr. 27, 2022 game against the Prowlers at the Snappy Park Softball Complex. Detroit Lakes knocked off Willmar in the elimination round of the Section 8-3A tournament on Thursday.
Jared Ruabdo / Detroit Lakes Tribune

COLD SPRING – The Detroit Lakes softball team pulled off an impressive comeback to earn its biggest win under head coach Sydney Prussia.

Trialing 10-6 after five innings against fourth-seeded Willmar in the elimination round of the Section 8-3A tournament, the sixth-seeded Lakers scored five runs in the final two innings, including four in the seventh, to win their first playoff game since 2019. The Lakers ended the Cardinals’ season with a dramatic 11-10 victory.

Siri Vagle started the top of the sixth with a single before scoring on Maddy Bellanger’s RBI double. Questis Weidenbach drew a walk to start the top of the seventh inning before Ella Okeson reached base with a one-out single. Weidenbach was retired on a fielder’s choice after Emma Coley and Siri Vagle singled. Okeson, Coley, Vagle and Maddy Bellanger, who reached on an error, all scored to give Detroit Lakes a one-run lead in the last inning.

Coley came in relief for starting pitcher Sidney Borgmann. Facing the bottom of the order, she retired the Cardinals to mark the first playoff win for Detroit Lakes in almost three years.

Vagle went 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored. Coley, Bellanger and Okeson all had multi-hit games as well. Bellanger tallied four RBIs on the day.


Detroit Lakes played in the elimination round after a 21-4 loss on Tuesday against third-seeded Alexandria. Alexandria beat second-seeded Little Falls in the winner’s bracket to advance to the Section 8-3A semifinals. Detroit Lakes will play Little Falls at 4 p.m. in Rocori on May 31. The winner gets the loser of Alexandria and top-seeded Rocori for a chance to go to the section championship.

The Lakers played the Flyers in the final game of the regular season and lost 20-4.

DETROIT LAKES 001 321 4 - 11

WILLMAR 201 160 0 - 10

DETROIT LAKES HITTING- Emma Coley 2-5, 2R, RBI, SB; Siri Vagle 3-4, 2R, RBI; 2-5, R, 2B; Rachel Kasowski 1-5, Maddy Bellanger 2-5, R, 4RBI, 2B; Sidney Borgmann 0-1, 3BB, R, SB; Ellie Lunde 1-4, R, BB; Questis Weidenbach 1-2, R, 3BB, 2SB; Chrissy Sandovol 0-1, Emily 01, 2BB, R; Ella Okeson 2-4, 2R, 2RBI, 3B, SB

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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