Jackets drop two of three on the road
A strong defensive showing by Detroit Lakes led to a doubleheader sweep over visiting Perham Tuesday.
The Lakers made all the plays in a 9-3 first game win, with no errors, and overcame five errors in game two with a couple of huge favorable plays at the plate in a narrow 9-8 walk-off win in the nightcap.
"It's all about defense," said DL head coach Phil Kirchner.
Head Coach Jill Walter, understandably, took to more of an offensive review of the games.
"Detroit Lakes hit the ball well and capitalized when they needed to," she said. "We also hit the ball well but couldn't capitalize like we needed to when we had runners on base."
The Yellowjackets were one play away from a win in game two. The Lakers denied Perham a run in the top of the seventh with their second play at the plate, with the score tied 8-8.
A one-out triple by Steph Miller off of senior DL pitcher Callea Butz had hopes high in the Perham dugout.
As the ball lofted over centerfielder Stephanie Ianiro's head, Miller tried to stretch her triple into an inside-the-ballpark homerun.
But Ianiro hit shortstop Shayna Dugger for the cutoff, and she relayed it to catcher Brin Seebold, who applied the tag on Miller -- thus keeping the score knotted at eights.
"Her play at the plate was very close," Head Coach Jill Walter said. "Defensively, we had a couple of close plays at home as well. They didn't go our way."
"It was an exciting play," Kirchner said.
The Lakers would put the winning run up in the bottom half of the seventh for the sweep.
The Yellowjackets jumped on top early 6-3 in a wild first inning and a half.
Two runs by Perham in the fifth put the Jackets back on top 8-7, but Laker Shayna Dugger's fielder's choice RBI brought in Seebold -- who doubled -- to tie the game.
Perham pitcher Kristina Januszewski fell into trouble in the sixth, after pitching solidly for the first five frames of the opening game.
The Yellowjacket pitcher had limited DL to two hits and three runs in the first five innings, while having just three walks.
But in the sixth, Januszewski walked four and hit one batter. Perham also had three errors in the frame.
Miller started the game off with a one-pitch homer off of Butz, who recovered well after that by holding Perham down to five hits and three earned runs.
The two losses to DL snap a two-game win streak stemming from the Yellowjackets' third place win at the Frazee Invitational and a 5-4 win at Pelican Rapids Monday, April 19.
Brian Wierima, of DL Newspapers, contributed to this story.
Perham at Detroit Lakes at Snappy Park, April 20.
Detroit Lakes 8 Perham 3
Miller 2 for 2, 2R, HR, RBI, 2BB, 3SB
Wierbos 1 for 4, SB
Scheidecker 1 for 4
Formanek 1 for 3
Lynne 1 for 3, R
Speicher 1 for 3, 3B, RBI,
LP - Januszewski 5K, 7BB
WP - Botz 6K, 3BB
Detroit Lakes - 8R, 8H, 1E
Game 2: Detroit Lakes 9 Perham 8
Miller 1 for 2, 3R, 3BB,
Wierbos 5 for 5, 3R, RBI
Scheidecker 3 for 5, 2R, RBI
Formanek 2 for 3, 2B, SAC, RBI
Januszewski 2 for 4, 2B, 2SB
Speicher 1 for 3, 3B, BB
Lynne 1 for 4
LP - Silbernagel, 4K, 5BB, HP
WP - Botz, 4K, 5BB
Detroit Lakes 9R, 15H, 4E
Perham at Pelican Rapids, April 19.
Pelican Rapids 4
Miller 3R, 2BB, SB
Wierbos 1 for 3
Scheidecker 1 for 3, 2SB
Januszewski 1 for 2, R
Silbernagel 1 for 1, RBI
Lynne 1 for 2, 2B, RBI, BB
WP - Januszewski 4K, 2BB
Silbernagel 1K, 2BB
Pelican Rapids 4 R, 13 H, 10 LOB, 5E