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Hi-10 playoffs: Angels blow away Millers 16-0

Tyler Manning crosses home plate but unlike the rest of the Angels' lineup, his run did not count as the inning ended when Ryan Berg was retired at first base. All nine Angels scored in the second inning. Berg and Andrew Fondrick scored twice in the second to blow the game wide open. Robert Williams/FOCUS1 / 2
Drew Schultz moved from first base to the mound to try to stop the bleeding of an 11-run second inning when the Detroit Lakes Angels left spike marks repeatedly on all four bases. Members of the crowd in attendance murmured the bottom half of the second inning may have been the longest half-inning of all time. Robert Williams/FOCUS2 / 2

AUDUBON -- After an upset victory over the Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers to start Hi-10 tournament play the New York Mills Millers ran into a buzz saw in the Detroit Lakes Angels Saturday afternoon in Audubon.

DL won the game 16-0 in a mercy rule shortened seven-inning game.

A sincere merciful ending would have capped the game after two innings of play.

Trailing 2-0 in the second inning, the Millers faced a bases-loaded situation with nobody out.

The next play sealed their fate.

Bryan Buhr hit a hard ground ball to shortstop Josh Hendrickx, who was playing in with the rest of the infield.

Hendrickx fired to Tristan Huwe at the plate to force out Ryan Berg and make the turn for a 6-2-3 double play attempt.

However, the ball bounced off the end of Huwe's catcher's mitt and dribbled to the backstop allowing Berg and Andrew Fondrick to score pushing the lead to 4-0.

That play continued a stretch of 17 Angels coming to the plate in the second inning.

The Angels pulled off one of the rarest feats in baseball. 11 consecutive batters scored, without making an out, kicking starter Mike Baune, and reliever Brendan Frost off the mound.

Frost left with the never-pleasant ERA of infinity as he allowed runs, while failing to record an out.

Drew Schultz relieved Frost and took part of the beating but was the one Millers' pitcher able to get an out in the inning.

Buhr, in his second at-bat in the inning made the first out on a pop-up to the pitcher.

By the end of the second, the game was well out of reach with DL up 13-0.

The Angels added three more runs for the 16-0 final.

Baune took the loss pitching one inning. He allowed six runs on four hits.

Brock Johnson pitched four innings of shutout baseball to earn the victory.

Johnson allowed two singles, one to Baune and the second to Jeff Hamann.

New York Mills plays Bluffton in an elimination game today, Sunday, July 22 at 7 p.m. in New York Mills.

The Angels, the two-seed, will play at top-seeded Bertha at 1:30 p.m. in the championship bracket.

In other Hi-10 action, the Perham Pirates were defeated 8-1 by Bertha. Perham plays the Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers at Matt's Field, in Perham, in an elimination game today at 1:30 p.m.

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