Moorhead cools off DL 15U
Moorhead got stellar pitching and took advantage of some defensive miscues to earn a sweep over the Detroit Lakes 15U baseball team at Washington Park Tuesday, July 3.
“It didn't go the way I was hoping, dealing with injuries and missing players,” head coach Steve Tucker said.
The Lakers struggled to get on base in the first game and were shut down at the plate by Moorhead’s lefty starter in a 2-0 defeat.
Both runs were scored on a wild pitch and passed ball.
Starting pitcher Blaine Henderson did his part to keep DL in the game pitching a complete game.
‘He deserved a win but our bats were cold,” said Tucker.
DL committed nine errors in the second game to negate the bats coming back to life in an 8-5 loss.
The Lakers had a 9-4 hits advantage, but Moorhead capitalized on the errors scoring seven of eight runs unearned.
Trevor Schnathorst, Tanner Brend and Jordan Tucker combined on the mound to allow just four hits.
“We couldn't seem to make a play when we needed one on defense,” said Tucker.
Schnathorst, had two hits, two RBI, and scored twice while Jordan Tucker and Jaylee Brandt also added two hits for the lakers.
DL has been without one of their best players, Logan Lund, for two weeks as he is recuperating from a hamstring injury. The busy summer schedule of multi-sport athletes has taken a toll also.
“With various absences for camps and vacations it's been tough,” said Tucker. “Hopefully, we can get a complete team for our upcoming tournaments and start playing a little better.”
The team continues with league games this week before heading to Sioux Falls, South Dakota for a weekend tournament July 13-15, followed by the state tournament in St. Paul beginning Thursday, July 19.
The team has morphed to play in three different age brackets with an overall mark of 11-12, which includes 14U games, 15U All-Star games, as well as Junior Legion games played this summer.DL 15U baseball splits with Breckenridge
The Detroit Lakes 15U Babe Ruth team played a key seeding doubleheader Wednesday, June 27 coming away with a split against Breckenridge.
After a shaky first game losing 14-4, the Lakers defeated Breckenridge 4-3 in the nightcap.
Carter Haugen picked up the complete game victory in game one striking out eight Lakers. Haugen is 5-0 on the season, according to a report by Craig Olson of CraigOlsonSports.com.
Improved defensive play by DL was the difference in the two games.
“We were very shorthanded missing key starters to injury and vacation but still managed to split keeping us right in the mix for a high seed for postseason,” head coach Steve Tucker said.
Jordan tucker led the offense with three hits, three runs scored and three stolen bases, while Trevor Schnathorst added two RBI and two hits as well as collecting the save in the final inning to preserve a split.
DL plays next on Tuesday, July 3 at Washington Park against Moorhead in a doubleheader with further playoff implications. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.