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Lakers pounce on Yellowjackets

Whenever the Detroit Lakes Laker softball team needed a clutch hit, they came up with it in their doubleheader sweep over the Perham Yellowjackets at Arvig Park on May 2.

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Perham's Annie Ingebrand slides in safely before Detroit Lakes' Emma Maguire can apply the tag. Jason Groth/FOCUS

Whenever the Detroit Lakes Laker softball team needed a clutch hit, they came up with it in their doubleheader sweep over the Perham Yellowjackets at Arvig Park on May 2.

The Lakers bounced back after giving up a grand slam home run to Hannah Ekse in the third inning of game one, scoring eight straight runs on their way to an 11-5 win. In game two, Maycen Kirchner delivered a bases clearing double, helping the Lakers to a 4-1 victory.

The Lakers enter the contest winning eight of their first nine games, packing a potent lineup. That lineup did not disappoint in the Lakers bid in game one. The first six batters in the order combined for 13 of the team's 15 hits.

The lineup provided more than enough offense for Emma Maguire in game one. Maguire settled in for the long haul after a troublesome third inning. The Lakers grabbed a 3-1 lead in the top of the third, but the Yellowjackets fought back. Mattie Scheidecker lead the inning off with a double. She advanced to third on a single by Annie Ingebrand. However, the Yellowjackets suffered a big loss on the play when Scheidecker injured her ankle rounding third base. Cierra Olson walked to load the bases for Ekse. Ekse delivered with two strikes, hitting a towering drive to left centerfield, clearing the bases and giving the Yellowjackets the 5-3 lead.

The Lakers answered with three runs in the fourth and fifth innings, before closing out the scoring with a pair of runs in the sixth inning. Maguire settled in after the grand slam, allowing just two runners to reach base after Ekse's home run.

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Alex Lubitz finished with two hits for Perham, while Scheidecker, Ingebrand, Olson, Ekse, Morgan Byer and Erin Winter had a hit each.

Kyra Vagle finished with three hits for the Lakers, while Emily Schlitz, Hailey Sonstegard and Sydney Prussia finished with two each. Vagle, Sonstegard and Prussia drove in two runs in the win for Detroit Lakes.

Mara Leslie was tagged with the loss for Perham. She went the distance, allowing 11 runs on 15 hits. She struck out four, while walking three.

Maguire picked up the win for the Lakers. She allowed five runs on eight hits. She struck out nine, while walking two batters.

After stranding the bases full in the first inning, the Lakers made sure the next time that opportunity presented itself, they wouldn't leave them stranded. Maycen Kirchner delivered a bases clearing double in the third inning, giving Detroit Lakes the early lead. MacKenzie Braukmann followed with an RBI single, providing the game's only offense for the Lakers in a 4-1 victory.

The Yellowjackets had opportunities against Maguire in game two, yet couldn't find the punch to push the runs across. The Yellowjackets stranded eight runners on base with five of them in scoring position.

The Yellowjackets broke through in the fourth with a double by Ekse. She eventually scored when Byer reached on an error, providing the lone run in the game for the Yellowjackets.

Maguire was sharp on the mound, relying on her defense to make plays behind her. She went the distance, allowing one run on six hits. She struck out two. She didn't walk or hit a batter in the game.

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Lubitz got the start in game two for the Yellowjackets. She worked out of a bases loaded jam in the first, before running into trouble in the third. She hit two and walked a third batter before Kirchner's bases clearing double. She suffered the loss, allowing four runs on two hits. She struck out two, while walking two and hitting four batters in two-plus innings of work. Katie Zepper made her varsity debut in relief and was strong in five innings of work. Zepper scattered four hits, while striking out one batter.

Erin Winter, Cierra Olson and Ekse had two hits in the game for Perham. Kirchner had two hits and drove in three runs for Detroit Lakes.

Perham falls to 4-5 overall on the season, while Detroit Lakes improves to 10-1 overall. The Yellowjackets are back in action on Thursday, May 5 with a Heart O'Lakes Conference doubleheader at Hawley, starting at 4 p.m.

Game 1

DL 11 15 0

PER 5 8 4

WP: Emma Maguire

LP: Mara Leslie

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HR: Hannah Ekse

Game 2

DL 4 6 2

PER 1 8 3

WP: Emma Maguire

LP: Alex Lubitz

Related Topics: DETROIT LAKES
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