Detroit Lakes defeats Esox, Wolf Pack in region tournament
Detroit Lakes eliminated the Park Rapids Esox and defeated the Wolf Lake Wolf Pack in opening-round games of the Region 14C amateur baseball tournament.
The Angels, the No. 3 seed from the Hi-10 League, scored the winning run on an error in the bottom of the ninth inning to walk off with a 5-4 win over Park Rapids in a first-round game Saturday night at Perham's Krueger Field.
Detroit Lakes sent Wolf Lake to the losers' bracket in the double-elimination portion of the tournament with a 6-3 victory Sunday afternoon at Perham. Wolf Lake entered the region tournament as the No. 2 seed from the Lake and Pine League.
In the tournament opener, Park Rapids held a 4-3 lead before the Angels rallied for the win by scoring single runs in the eighth and ninth innings.
Connor Johnson scored on Adam Geiger's RBI single in the first inning as Detroit Lakes jumped out to a 1-0 lead.
Dylen Stenberg's two-out single scored Dan Pike and Rilee Massie as the Esox claimed a 2-1 lead in the third.
Johnson scored on Kyle Singer's two-run home run in the bottom of the third as Detroit Lakes took a 3-2 lead before Derek Parks scored on Dave Mortensen's two-run homer in the fourth as the Esox reclaimed a 4-3 edge.
Detroit Lakes tied the game in the eighth on two-out singles by Singer, Kirk McLeod and Geiger before walking off with the win in the ninth. Taylor Wood walked with one out to end the night for Park Rapids starter Clayton Gallus. Mortensen gave up an infield single to Mike Wohnoutka before a groundout put runners on the corners with two outs. Mortensen attempted a pick-off play to first base, but an errant throw allowed Wood to score the winning run.
Gallus (who didn't allow a hit in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings) took the loss. Gallus allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out five in 8.1 innings. Park Rapids, the No. 6 seed from the Lake and Pine League, ends the season with an 8-11 record.
Johnson picked up the win in relief, striking out six of the seven batters he faced in 2.1 innings. Scott Schroeder started and gave up four runs on seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts.
During Sunday's first round of double-elimination play, Jackson Nelson and Johnson combined to scatter 10 hits as Detroit Lakes defeated Wolf Lake.
After four scoreless innings, Wolf Lake threatened in the bottom of the fifth when an error and walks to Levi Schwartz and Max Knoll loaded the bases with one out. A double-play grounder back to Nelson ended that threat.
Detroit Lakes used RBI singles by Singer and Andrew Dahl to take a 3-0 lead in the sixth before the Wolf Pack cut the gap to 3-2 in the bottom of the inning when Jake Marcus scored on Logan Wacker's RBI single and Schwartz followed with an RBI single.
A three-run seventh inning sealed the win for the Angels as Singer's two-run triple and Johnson's RBI double provided a 6-2 cushion.
Wolf Lake concluded the scoring in the eighth on singles by Sam Meyer and Jake Galbrecht.
Nelson went the first seven innings and allowed two runs before Johnson earned the save. Singer went 2 for 5 while McLeod went 3 for 3 to pace the Angels' seven-hit attack.
Charles Haataja took the loss in relief of Marcus as Wolf Lake left nine runners on base.
In Saturday's other first-round games, Perham edged Sebeka 3-2 in 11 innings, Nimrod eliminated Bertha and Bluffton eliminated Staples.
On Sunday, Wadena-Deer Creek shut out Nimrod 4-0 and New York Mills rallied to defeat Bluffton 6-5 in 13 innings.
Wolf Lake will play Bluffton in an elimination game Saturday at 5 p.m. at Deer Creek while Detroit Lakes advances to play Midway Saturday at 5 at Perham in the winners' bracket. Detroit Lakes plays New York Mills at 8 p.m. at Perham and Perham plays Nimrod at 8 p.m. in an elimination game at Deer Creek in Saturday night's other games.
The region tournament continues Sunday at Perham with the winner between Wolf Lake and Bluffton playing the loser between Midway and Wadena-Deer Creek at 11 a.m. and the winner between Perham and Nimrod playing the loser between Detroit Lakes and New York Mills at 2 p.m. The two remaining undefeated teams will play at 5 p.m.