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Laker softball remains unbeaten in road sweep

The Detroit Lakes softball team improved to 4-0 overall after sweeping Pequot Lakes on the road in a Mid-State Conference doubleheader Tuesday, April 23.

“We played a pretty good game two games,” DL head coach Phil Kirchner said. “We just need to keep our focus for the entire game. We had some clutch hits and great pitching.”

The Lakers opened a 7-0 lead after four innings in a 9-5 victory in the first game.

Leadoff hitter Laura Prussia reached base on a hit by pitch and scored on a Mercedez Bellanger sacrifice fly in the first inning. After scoring a single run in the third, the Laker bats came alive in the fourth inning with consecutive singles by Matteya Borah, Laken Weaver and a Prussia RBI single. Taylor Prussia added a two RBI single to pad the lead putting DL up seven runs.

Pequot would score a pair of unearned runs off DL starter Madilyn Kirchner (2-0) in the home half of the 5th.

DL added an insurance run in the sixth on a Lauryn Manning triple, followed by a Bellanger double. Weaver added an RBI groundout in the seventh inning.

Kirchner allowed two hits, struckout nine and walked three to earn the victory.

Offensively, the Lakers recorded nine hits in the game. Sara Freeman was 2-3 with a double.

DL built a big lead again in the nightcap cruising to a 8-4 win and the sweep.

Laura Prussia got the offense moving with a two-run home run in the second inning.

The Lakers collected eight hits in the game, two each by Laura Prussia and Autumn Kulik.

Pequot Lakes made the game interesting scoring three unearned runs on three Laker errors and loading the bases in the final inning.

Mercedez Bellanger (2-0) was strong on the mound allowing one earned run and striking out four.

Detroit Lakes hosts a quadrangular Friday, April 26 at Snappy Park. The Lakers play Little Falls at 11:45 a.m and Sartell-St. Stephen at 12:45 p.m.  

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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