DETROIT LAKES — Members of the Detroit Lakes Baseball Club totaled 14 hits in their 9-5 win over the Hawley Hawks in the club’s home opener at Washington Ballpark on June 1.
A 7-run fifth inning, capped by a two-run homer to center field by the club’s third baseman Tristan Wimmer, led the team to their first victory of the season in front of home fans for the first time.
“You know, it feels good,” Wimmer said after the game. “We had the (win), first game at home, it’s important, and we continue and we had another one on Sunday, we have to get another (win).”
The club’s starting pitcher Brandon Johnson located his fastball and off-speed pitches to great effect on his way to the first win in club history. Johnson threw 93 pitches in 5 1/3 innings of work and allowed four runs, two earned, on 10 hits while walking one and striking out seven. Justin Hoskins relieved Johnson and posted four strikeouts in 2 2/3 shutout innings while walking one. Matt Huberty closed out the ninth inning, scoring one strikeout in a no-stop situation.
Hoskins also delivered to the plate; go 2 for 4 with a double and score a run on the Wimmer Homer. Additionally, the club’s right fielder Andrew Kulik shone in the opener flat, which went 1-for-2 with a two RBI single and a run scored as a substitute midgame.
After the game, club player/manager Brandon Johnson said the home opener crowd, concessions and good baseball made for a memorable night at the ballpark.
“I’m absolutely thrilled,” Johnson said. “Everything we planned for months went as it should…but in the end it was just a fun night and everything went according to plan.”
Describing what Wimmer’s hard hitting at third base brings to the team, Johnson said, “He’s really one of those guys who is really special with his attitude and his demeanor.”
In addition to these reasons, his solid defense and his ability to hit balls over the center field fence are the reasons why he will find himself as a mainstay in the club’s line-up.
In total, the club’s 19 members played in the home opener, but Johnson said he was looking to consolidate the club’s starting line-up in future games.
The home opener was sponsored by Schiller’s House, a Detroit Lakes barber shop, which provided fans with free toppings and ice cream sandwiches during the game. Katie Schiller, owner and operator of Schiller’s House, struck on the game’s ceremonial first pitch.
For their next match, the Club travel to Dilworth to take on the Raildogs on Sunday, June 5 with a first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m.