‘Canes edge Lakers in Countryside battlePublished 9:45am Thursday, July 3, 2014
PELICAN RAPIDS — In a heated battle in the Countryside League, the Fergus Falls Hurricanes were able to hold on to a 2-1 victory over the hosting Pelican Rapids Lakers behind a stellar pitching performance by Kyle Shaikoski.
The game started off as a pitching duel between Shaikoski and Pelican Rapids’ Adam Johnson. The teams remained scoreless through the first four frames as great defensive play was on display.
The ‘Canes were able to break onto the scoreboard in the fifth as a two walks and an error loaded the bases with two outs. Jake Heck would deliver a single to score two runs and give Fergus the lead.
The Lakers would finally touch up Shaikoski in the sixth as Dana Johnson ripped a two-out, RBI single to cut the lead to one.
That would be the last time either team scored as the rivals returned to its strong defensive play for the final three innings.
Shaikoski took home the win for the ‘Canes going eight innings, fanning 13 hitters and allow four hits. Teammate Spencer Kidder got the save as he pitched a perfect ninth inning. Adam Johnson took the loss pitching five innings, allowing four hits and giving up one earned run.
The Hurricanes will close out its regular season Sunday as it hosts the Perham Pirates in a 1:30 p.m. matchup, while the Lakers will host the Bertha Blazers in a 6 p.m. Sunday game.
R H E LOB
Fergus Falls Canes 000 020 000 2 6 0 9
Pelican Rapids Lakers 000 001 000 1 4 1 6
WP — (FF) Kyle Shaikoski
LP — (PR) Adam Johnson
SV — Spencer Kidder
Battery: (FF) Shaikoski, Kidder (9th) and Jake Erickson; (PR) Adam Johnson, Alex Johnson (6th) and Jan-Erik Lindberg