Shockers lay the lumber on Millers
Starting pitcher Jason Burg did what he could to stem the barrage of Shocker bats in a 15-2 Millers' loss Saturday night to the Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers.
Burg kept New York Mills in the game for six innings plus before the Shockers put the pedal down, blowing up for nine runs in the final three frames.
"There was more than one play that we could have made tonight," Miller Tim Reynolds said from the dugout.
Burg was the offensive highlight for the Millers, as well. He reached twice on walks and worked his way around the diamond for the only two runs scored for the home team.
The barrage, which began in the seventh inning, was avoidable. Burg got two quick outs on fly balls. His pitch count reached the 120's and it showed in the next two at-bats.
Walks to the opposing starting pitcher, Sperling, and Brady Wegscheid, followed by a two-RBI base hit from Andrew Dornbush sent Burg to the showers.
Sperling was lifted after five innings and reliever Tyler Wohlwend took to the mound with some blistering heat, taking the already sputtering Millers' offense down a notch in the sixth and seventh frames.
Wohlwend struck out five of the seven batters he faced, walking Cody McManigle and forcing Drew Schultz to pop out in foul territory aside the Millers dugout.
The combined effort of the three Shocker pitchers held NY Mills to three hits. At the plate, the Shockers belted 13 hits.
The ninth inning was ugly. Three hit batters, three Shocker hits and a walk allowed five runs and left the bases loaded with nobody out when this reporter fled the scene.
Hi-10 League Standings
1)DL 11-4, 8-2
2)Bertha 11-5, 10-1
3)Bluffton 10-6, 7-4
4)W-DC 10-6, 6-6
Detroit Lakes will win the league if they win out. With a league win over NY Mills the Angels are guaranteed at least second place.
Bertha will be guaranteed at least second with a win over Perham or Pelican Rapids.
Bluffton holds the tiebreaker over the Shockers. Bluffton and the Shockers need to win their remaining games and DL and Bertha need to lose their remaining games to move into first or second place.
In the Countryside league, Fergus Falls has wrapped up the top spot.
1) FF 13-2, 9-1
2) Vergas 10-6, 7-3
3) Dent 10-6, 5-5
4) Hawley 8-7, 5-5
5) Pel. Rapids 6-10, 3-7
6) Frazee 2-12, 1-9
The only spots that are still undecided are Vergas and Dent for the number two spot. Dent holds the tiebreaker over Vergas, which is run differential between the two teams.