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Otters Battle Lakers but Come up Short in 7-5 Loss

By Shane Thielke, 05/26/23, 12:15AM CDT


The Fergus Falls baseball team battled the Lakers in Detroit Lakes, but fell short at Washington Park, losing 7-5.  Isaac Ellison got the start and was solid for 4 innings, giving up 7 runs, only 5 earned, walking 5, and striking out 3 in his first varsity start. 

The Otters outhit the Lakers 11 to 5, but only drew one walk, compared to 5 free passes for the Lakers.  Leading the Otters at the plate were Kellen Stenstron and Ben Swanson, both going 3-4, with Colin Becker and Leighton Buckmeier both going 2-4.  Brock Scheuerman added the other Otter hit as he reached base 4 times going 1-1 with a walk and 2 hit-by pitch. 

The Otters wrap up the regular season at 5pm on Friday night at Legion Field vs the St. Cloud Crush.

“We continue to battle in close games, but we just can't get the big break,” said Fergus Falls Head Coach Shane Thielke.  “We hit a lot of balls hard tonight and unfortunately, we seem to hit the ball right at people.   Our hitters had a good approach tonight and the middle of the order really produced, which is a great sign heading into the playoffs.  We got another solid pitching performance as Isaac Ellison looked really good in his first varsity start. He has been pitching JV all year and we wanted to see how he'd respond in a varsity game and we liked what we saw.  I expect we will see great things from him in the future.  We haven't lost sight of what we set out to do, which is to play our best baseball of the season in playoffs and we are really close.  I am excited for the opportunity that we will have next week.”

Ben Swanson fields the throw at first base. PHOTO by MELISSA BABOLIAN

Isaac Ellison Delivers a Pitch. PHOTO by MELISSA BABOLIAN

Kellen Stenstrom scores a run. PHOTO by MELISSA BABOLIAN