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Thielke Leads Otters Past Warroad but DGF Eliminates Fergus Falls in 8AA Playoffs

By Craig Olson, 06/07/22, 9:15PM CDT


The season ended on Tuesday in Park Rapids for the Fergus Falls baseball team.  After shutting out Warroad 6-0 in their first game in the elimination round, the Otters lost to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 7-3.  DGF moves on to an elimination game on Thursday at noon against Perham in Park Rapids with the winner advancing to the championship series against Roseau.

Carter Thielke (7IP, 5H, 10K, 5BB, 0R) carried the Otters to victory in their game with Warroad.  He not only pitched a complete game shutout to earn the win on the mound, but he also went 3-for-3 at the plate, finishing a triple shy of the cycle, and stole two bases.  He knocked in 3 runs in the contest, two of them on a home run in the fourth inning which gave the Otters a 4-run lead.  Carston Fronning drove in two runs with a pair of sacrifice flies.  Will Gronwold knocked in the other run for Fergus Falls and Cole Zierden had a 3-for-3 day with a double and two runs scored.  Andrew Johnson went 1-3, scoring one run.  Colin Becker added a double in 3 at bats. 

The Otters saw their season come to an end with a 7-3 loss to the DGF Rebels in their second game of the day.  Fergus Falls was held scoreless until the sixth inning as they only had one hit.  They plated all 3 of their runs in the bottom of the sixth, but that was their only run producing inning.  Carter Thielke (2-4) had two of the five Otter hits.  Freshman Carston Fronning (5IP, 9H, 6ER, 1BB, 6K) pitched well, but took the loss.  Fronning was 1-for-4 with a run scored and Isaac Johnson went 1-for-3 with a run scored and one RBI.

Kayden Camacho (3-3, HR, 3RBI, 2R), Carsen Berreth (2-3, 2 2B, 2RBI, R), Grant Anderson (2-3, 2R) and Owen Hoover (1-4, 2B, RBI) led the Rebels at the plate.

The Otters end the season with a record of 7 wins and 16 losses.  Four seniors played their last game in an Otter uniform.

"Andrew Johnson, Owen Krueger, Carter Thielke and Cole Zierden will be missed, and we thank them for their hard work, dedication and leadership," said Fergus Falls Head Coach Kevin Pearson.  "It will be hard to replace them."