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SB: Yellowjackets and Lakers slug way to split

Perham's Annie Ingebrand connects with the pitch against Detroit Lakes. Brian Basham/Forum News Service

Detroit Lakes-The top two teams in the Mid-State Conference duked it out Thursday in a heavy hitting softball doubleheader that ended in a draw with each team taking a game.

Detroit Lakes slugged their way to a 12-5 game one victory behind five home runs.

“The team battled back and pounded the ball,” Laker head coach Phil Kirchner said.

Perham came back in the nightcap with a pair of long balls and a 12-1 win in six innings.

“All credit to Perham for not folding and their pitcher, who battled,” Kirchner said. “We got down early and didn’t stay focused; all the momentum shifted and we couldn’t get it back.”

Both teams were short-staffed on the rubber with Perham’s Allie Doll pitching all 13 innings for the Yellowjackets with backup Mara Leslie out with a bad ankle.

DL starter Chaz Butz took a hit ball off her hand and was forced to exit game one early.

Butz will have X-rays tomorrow to determine the severity of the injury.

Emma Maguire picked up the game one victory in relief and pitched three innings into the second game before giving way to Kyra Vagle.

The two teams traded punches in game one with Perham jumping out to a 1-0 lead quickly answered by DL’s first home run, a solo shot by Emily Seebold in the second inning.

Perham answered with a two-out fourth inning rally getting a RBI single from Mattie Scheidecker that scored Alex Lubitz and a follow-up single by Britt Miller to score Scheidecker for a 3-1 lead.

In the bottom half of the inning, Sydney Prussia answered for the Lakers with a  two-out double and she scored on a two-run blast by Rachael Ianiro to tie the score.

Hannah Ekse hit her first of two homers on the day with Cierra Olson aboard to give Perham the lead back 5-3 in the top of five with a two-run homer.

The Lakers put the game away in a big bottom half of the fifth.

Vagle bunted safely and raced to third base on a throwing error setting up Emily Schiltz, who homered to knot the score at fives.

Hailey Sonstegard singled and was out on a fielder’s choice allowing Macy Kirchner to reach first base. Seebold singled and scored with Kirchner on a three-run shot off the bat of Sydney Prussia.

Up 8-5, Ianiro reached and scored on an error at shortstop, The Lakers batted around and with two aboard, Vagle launched her own three-run homer for the final runs of the game.

Perham added to a 1-0 lead early in game two when Doll helped herself with a three-run home run give Perham a four-run cushion in the third.

DL manufactured its only run of the game in the bottom of the inning.

Doll picked up momentum pitching two games back-to-back for the second consecutive series. She held the Lakers to only four hits in game two.

Doll picked up both wins at Staples-Motley Tuesday as the Jackets pounded the Cardinals winning each game in five innings.

Errors and two wild pitches gave Perham three more runs in the fifth inning and a 7-1 advantage.

The Yellowjackets followed it up with a five-run sixth highlighted by a grand slam from Ekse to put the game away.

Maguire suffered her first loss of the season but may have little time to ruminate on that with the starting job potentially in her hands as the Lakers await the diagnosis of Butz’s hand.

Both teams have only one loss in the conference, DL at 9-1, Perham at 7-1. Perham is 9-3 overall, the Lakers are 12-3.

Detroit Lakes has one Mid-State doubleheader remaining with the defending champions, Pequot Lakes, Tuesday, May 5 in Pequot. The Patriots entered the day 4-2 playing at Park Rapids and are still alive for the title thanks to Perham.

DL could have secured a share of the Mid-State with a sweep.

Perham hosts Park Rapids Area Friday, May 8 and completes Mid-State play against the Rangers in Crosby Monday, May 11.