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Thomas Truedson: Former New York Mets Athletic Trainer, now Detroit Lakes Angel
Tom Truedson spent five years as an athletic trainer for the New York Mets
Posted on June 24, 2015 by Trent Jackson
Tom Truedson, originally from Richfield, Minnesota, is a former athletic trainer of the New York Mets farm system and is now a member of the Detroit Lakes Angels.
A 2002 graduate of Richfield High School, Truedson grew up playing baseball and became interested in athletic training the summer before his senior year while playing American Legion Baseball. Truedson broke his wrist and fractured his tibia in a play that involved him colliding with an opponent first baseman. “I learned to appreciate their work,” Tom said after he spent lots of time with the high school athletic trainer, sparking his interest towards a career in athletic training.
After high school, Truedson attended St. Cloud State University and received a degree in athletic training. After graduating, Truedson served as an athletic training intern for the St. Cloud River Bats of the Northwoods League. There he discovered that he really wanted to pursue a career in athletic training and decided to attend graduate school.
Truedson went on to Minnesota State University-Mankato and spent two years as a graduate assistant athletic trainer. There Truedson was the main trainer for the baseball team and also helped out for basketball and football.
After receiving his master’s degree in exercise science, Truedson began the job search. He applied to every single major league team and received several interviews. The New York Mets were the best fit. He began working with the Mets in 2009 as an athletic training intern in Florida at their rehabilitation facilities. There he assisted with all of the minor league players' rehabilitations. “I learned a lot from the physical therapist there and made myself better,” Tom said about his first experience with the Mets. Truedson then moved on as a head athletic trainer for the Kingsport Mets (Rookie ball) in Kinsport, Tennessee in 2010, and then spent three seasons in Savannah, Georgia with the Savannah Sand Gnats, a member of the low A-level South Atlantic League. He also spent time as the head athletic trainer for the Gulf Coast League team.
During his time as a minor league baseball trainer, Truedson was recognized for his work. In 2011 he received the PBATS (Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society) Athletic Trainer of the year award for the South Atlantic League. In 2013, he was voted to the South Atlantic League all-star game.
Truedson very much enjoyed working with the players “every step of the way” and felt rewarded seeing players’ progress. “It’s fun to see the players I worked with in the big leagues now,” said Truedson. Notable players Truedson worked with include 2014 National League Rookie of the Year, Jacob deGrom, a starting pitcher for the Mets.
Interaction with players and unique experiences highlighted Truedson’s work as a trainer. In Savannah, Truedson had the privilege of working with one of his heroes, former Minnesota Twin Frank Viola. “I had a poster of him in my room growing up,” said Truedson. Viola was the pitching coach during Truedson’s stay with the team.
Another former Twin happened to be in Florida when Truedson was working in a fall instructional league. Two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana was in Fort Myers rehabbing and kindly invited Truedson and his coworkers over to his house to watch football. “That’s something to tell my grandkids about,” Truedson said.
After five and a half years with the Mets, Truedson now works for Sanford Health in Detroit Lakes as an athletic trainer and returns to playing amateur baseball in Minnesota. Truedson played for the Richfield Ramblers for three years out of high school. As a trainer, Truedson kept his arm in shape as he was often throwing with players rehabbing, though he still had to “knock some dust off.” He is also willingly the Angel’s “trainer on the side” and enjoys helping teammates with any type of medical questions. Truedson resides in Detroit Lakes with his wife Aimee, and their 15 month old daughter Linnae.
Angels preparing for 2015 season
January 23, 2015
With the league meeting scheduled for Sunday January 25th its time for the Angels to look ahead to 2015. Coming off a return to the state tournament for the 4th time in the teams 8 year history the Angels once again have their eyes set on making the state tournament.
The Angels are always looking to add quality players to the team. If you are new to the area and have interest in playing please contact myself through this website. Any local ball players who are interested in joining the team should also contact me. I'm assuming we will be playing around 30 games again. We had two years 2012 and 2013 where we played 40 games. The amount of games we play depends on the number of players and the games they want to play. We will play as many games as the players have interest in playing.
Any teams interested in playing exhibition games can contact me. I will also be contacting teams once our league schedule comes out in a few weeks. I'm expecting the Hi-10 league to have 8 teams and the Countryside league 4 teams and that the season will start on May 3 or 10. The Hi-10 and Countryside leagues play each other and all games count as league games.
Angels Preview from the DL Newspaper
April 30, 2013
Nick Polejewski will help a deep Angels’ pitching rotation for the 2013 season. BRIAN BASHAM/RECORD
Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 9:00am
Angels to have same look as 2012
2013 season. BRIAN BASHAM/RECORD
Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 9:00am
Brian Wierima, detroit lakes online
Angels to have same look as 2012 Region 14C championship team
So what’s the best path for the Detroit Lakes Angels to take to follow one of their best seasons ever? Stay the same.
That’s exactly the course of action the Angels are setting for the 2013 season, as they return the vast majority of their 25-15 state-qualifying squad from a year ago.
The Angels are poised to defend their Region 14C championship with a deep pitching staff and a potent batting lineup once again.
“Our goal every year is to make the regional playoffs and state,” said co-manager Phil Kirchner.
“We have some deep pitching and some good bats returning this year.”
The Angels’ team batting average last year was a solid .279, as the entire lineup were tough outs.
Region 14C MVP Mark Gulseth returns after a spectacular 2012 season where he hit .429 with seven homers and 27 RBIs.
“It’s always nice to return a player like Mark,” Kirchner said.
Taylor Fuhs also had another good year for the Angels last season, hitting .463 with 17 RBIs.
Chris Gilson is coming off a solid Concordia College career playing football and baseball, and will be looked upon for good numbers this season after he hit .302 with seven homeruns and 25 RBIs.
College player Connor McLeod will be a full-time player this year and will be another bolstered bat in an already high-octane lineup.
He finished with a .319 average in limited duty last year.
“Our top six to seven hitters are proven hitters, with lots of home runs,” said Kirchner, who rang up six round trippers last year himself, along with 25 RBIs and a .265 average.
“But to win in baseball, you need good pitching and defense.”
The Angels will not only have a deep rotation on the mound, but a good, top-heavy one, as well.
That staff will be led by University of North Dakota pitcher Brock Johnson, who can overpower batters.
He had a very impressive 0.94 ERA in 2012, while striking out 55 in 48 innings of work, and went 6-2 on the season.
Not far behind in the pecking order is another ace in Gilson, who had a 1.46 ERA with a team-high 61 strikeouts and a 5-1 record in 55.2 innings of action.
“We pitched 11 guys last year and we will need every one of them again this season since we have a 26-game regular season schedule,” Kirchner said.
The depth is solid, with Nick Polejewski returning along with Matt Huberty, Reed Oistad, Bryan Buhr and Trevor Tappe.
The pitching staff will be handled by two reiliable veteran catchers in Fuhs and Doug Dickey (.262 batting average).
At first base, Gulseth and newcomer Max Bentley will have reliable leather, with a host of infielders playing, including McLeod, Fuhs, Oistad, Ryan Berg and Buhr.
Kirchner and Gilson bring plenty of experience in the outfield, as well.
The Angels also will have a couple of Laker high school players seeing time in catcher Kirk McLeod and infielder Austin Eiter.
Other veterans who will contribute include Jon Tolbert (pitcher), T.J. Manning (outfield) and Nate Eidenschink (outfield).
Mark Jorgenson returns as co-manager, while Dean Jorgenson is back as statistician and Kim Fuhs as business manager.
The Hi-10 favorites will once again be Bertha and Detroit Lakes, with Perham returning a solid core and Breckenridge being a new addition to the Countryside League.
The Angels have two tournaments this summer, the first being in Sartell, June 1-2 and the second in DL at Washington Ballpark, June 7-9.
The team’s annual steak fry fundraiser will be Saturday, May 25, at the Sandbar, starting at 6 p.m. Cost is $20, with the meal and drinks included.
The Angels will face Wolf Lake at Washington Ballpark at 2 p.m. that day, with former Incredible Uglies band member Mike Gilson performing from 8-9 p.m. that evening after the steak fry.
Tickets can be purchased from Angels players or by contacting Kirchner at 841-0157.
DL Online State Tournament Article
August 30, 2012
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By: Brian Wierima, DL-Online
It was a one-and-done scenario for the Detroit Lakes Angels, as they ran into a buzz saw in the form of the Blue Earth Pirates in the second round of the Class C state amateur baseball tournament in St. Cloud Saturday.
More specifically, the Angels were thumped by Pirate third baseman Kane Malow, who tied a state tournament record with three home runs to key an 11-4 victory.
Malow also becomes the first player in state tournament history to hit three homers in a game with a wood bat.
“Blue Earth is very good and was one of the favorites to be playing for a state championship coming into the tournament,” said Angels’ co-manager Mark Jorgenson.
Blue Earth collected 14 hits and used Malow’s three homers to build a 6-4 advantage through five innings of play.
But a four-run seventh inning put plenty of separation between Blue Earth and DL for the 11-4 margin.
The Angels sent Carlos draftee Neil Jenzen out to the mound to start, as the Pirate hitters were patient at the plate and started hitting him early.
DL tied the game in the bottom of the first at 1-1, after a Mark Gulseth double scored Taylor Fuhs.
The two teams exchanged runs in the second, but Blue Earth started pulling away with two runs each in the fourth and fifth innings.
DL answered with a pair of runs in the fifth, after loading the bases with one out, but ended up stranding two runners in scoring position.
“If we could have scored a few more runs in that inning, it could have been a different game,” Jorgenson said.
The Angels had a total of four pitchers throwing, including Wadena-Deer Creek draftee Travis George, DL’s Nick Polejewski and Nimrod draftee Alex Brockphaler.
DL was without two of their top aces in Brock Johnson and Chris Gilson, who each were absent due to college. Johnson pitches for the University of North Dakota baseball team and a D-I rule states a player can’t play for two teams at the same time.
Gilson is in the midst of the Concordia College football preseason and had a scrimmage Saturday.
Fuhs and Gulseth each went 3-5, as DL collected 11 hits against one of the better pitchers in the state.
The season ends with a 25-15 mark for the Angels, who made their third appearance in the state tournament in six years.
It was also a season of record-setting performances, as Fuhs set a team record with a .463 batting average, topping Mark Gulseth, who hit .434 in 2011.
Johnson set a season ERA record of .94. Other records include a total of 28 players who played for the Angels, with 17 players seeing action on the mound and 11 who picked up wins, which tied the team record set in 2011.
“We had lots of young players who stepped up, mixed in with good veterans,” Jorgenson said.
Midway lost its second-round game to Howard Lake 2-0, while Fergus Falls advanced with a 2-1 victory over Prior Lake.
The Canes will face Milroy Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Putz Field in St. Cloud.
Angels lose to Blue Earth in State Tournament
August 27, 2012
Brian from the Detroit Lakes paper was at the game on Saturday taking pictures. When he places the game recap with the pictures up on the DL Online website i will post the story and the pictures on here.
The box score for the Blue Earth game is now up and can be viewed in game results section. The season stats are completed. There could be a couple of changes to the stats as i need to check on a few at bats. I know the team or individuals set records this year. 21 homers by the team was a new team record, 40 games tied the team record for games played in a season. Taylor Fuhs set a team record with a .463 batting average topping Mark Gulseth who hit .434 in 2011. Brock Johnson set a season ERA record of .94. Other records include 28 players played for the Angels, 17 players saw action on the mound. 11 players picked up wins for the Angels and that tied the team record set in 2011.
August 24, 2012
By: Brian Wierima, DL-Online
It’s the exact temperature the Detroit Lakes Angels want to be as they head into the Class C state tournament Saturday evening — hot.
The Angels (25-14) went ballistic at the plate during their Region 14C championship run, outscoring their opponents by a hefty 36-8 margin, while playing solid defense and having stellar pitching.
“You can’t ask us to be playing any better heading into the state,” said Angels co-manager Phil Kirchner. “When we have our full lineup, we are a good team.”
Detroit Lakes gained a first-round bye in the 32-team Class C state bracket play and will face Blue Earth Saturday, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Faber Field in St. Cloud.
Blue Earth beat Chanhassen 2-1 last weekend.
“Every team down at state is good, so we’ll have to keep playing well to advance,” Kirchner added.
The Angels will be deep in pitching, after drafting Wadena-Deer Creek’s Travis George, Carlos’ Neil Jenzen and Nimrod’s Alex Brocphaler.
But they will be without ace Brock Johnson, who is finished playing due to a Division I rule where an athlete can’t play on two teams during the college season, which started already.
Johnson pitches for the University of North Dakota baseball team.
“Those are the rules, so we have to abide by them,” Kirchner said. “But we have some good pitchers on the team to help replace Brock, along with our draftees.”
Other questions the Angels will have to deal with are losing their other college players, including their other ace, Chris Gilson, who is playing with the Concordia College football team and outfielder/shortstop Connor McLeod, who plays college baseball in Iowa.
But the Angels still have plenty of potent hitting and pitching to make a deep run in the state tournament.
The offense is led by Region 14C MVP Mark Gulseth, who pounded out 14 RBIs in the four playoff games, including four homers. He is hitting .405 on the season in limited regular season action, while second baseman Taylor Fuhs is a hitting machine with a .455 average in 77 at-bats.
Gilson and McLeod each have .300-plus averages, with Gilson also having 25 RBIs.
But overall, the Angels’ entire lineup is producing with a .278 team batting average, with the bottom of the order producing well.
“We are hitting well one through nine,” Kirchner added.
Nick Polejewski will be present as one of DL’s top pitchers with a 3.96 ERA and is effective out of the bullpen, as well.
Each of Johnson and Gilson have ERAs under 2.00, with the former at .94 and the latter at 1.46.
The Angels are also mostly home-grown, with the majority having Detroit Lakes roots.
If the Angels win Saturday, they will play the winner of Stewartville-Racine and Maple Lake, Saturday, Sept. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Faber Field.
The quarterfinals and semifinals are Sunday, Sept. 2, while the championship will be Monday, Sept. 3, at Putz Field in St. Cloud, starting at 3 p.m.
Region Champion Article from DL Tribune
August 15, 2012
Detroit Lakes gains bye in State Playoffs
By: Brian Wierima, DL-Online
Although Detroit Lakes slugger Mark Gulseth wasn’t able to play much during the Hi-10 League regular season, saving up his hits for the Region 14C playoffs wasn’t such a bad thing for the Angels.
Gulseth’s pillaging of the Region 14C opposing pitchers continued into the championship game Saturday in New York Mills, wasting the Bertha Blazers for five RBIs as the Angels cruised to an 11-0 victory and a bye through the first round of the Class C state tournament.
The Class C state tournament will be held at Putz Field and Faber Field in St. Cloud, starting Saturday and running through Sept. 3.
Gulseth’s grand slam in the fifth inning put DL over the top, which came at the heels of a seven-run second to seal the Angels’ Region 14C championship, their third since their reformation in 2007.
The Angel slugger earned Region 14C MVP honors after he finished the playoffs with 14 RBIs and four home runs.
Backing up the Angels’ offensive explosion was their ace Brock Johnson, who struck out 12 Blazer batters for a complete-game shutout (the game went seven innings due to the 10-run mercy rule).
The wrappings of the championship started in the second inning, as the Angels scored seven runs.
Taylor Fuhs started the inning as he reached on an error on the second baseman, while Doug Dickey drew a one-out walk.
Reed Oistad doubled in Fuhs, Buhr singled in Dickey, and the hits continued with Trevor Tappe singling.
Gulseth drew a two-out bases-loaded walk, forcing Bertha to replace Ethan Bakken with Jared Hoemberg on the mound.
Fuhs came up with a two-run single and Dickey singled in Kirchner to put the Angels up 7-0.
The game was put to rest on the swing of Gulseth, as he picked up four quick RBIs with his fifth-inning grand slam.
Bertha previously beat Carlos to advance to the championship game earlier on Saturday.
The Hi-10 League has been a force in Region 14C since the emergence of Bertha and DL, as Angels’ co-manager Mark Jorgenson wrote on the Angels’ website.
Bertha will also play in the state tournament as a No. 2 seed.
Bertha and the Angels each formed teams and entered the Hi-10 League in 2007.
The Angels have won Region titles in 2007, 2008 and 2012. Bertha won titles in 2010 and 2011.
This is the first year since the realignment of Regions 14 and 16 back in 2002 that two teams from the same league have advanced through the Region tournament into the state tournament.
“Both teams have solid players with some veteran leadership and lots of youth,” Jorgenson said.
“With the improved play of Perham, who finished fourth in the Region tournament, the Hi-10 should be strong in the Region tournament for the next several years.”
The Angels drafted Neil Jenzen and Alex Brocphaler. They previously drafted Wadena-Deer Creek pitcher Travis George before the region playoffs.
DL will await the winner of Blue Earth and Chanhassen in the second round of the state tournament. The Angels will face the winner of that game Saturday, Aug. 25, at 5:30 p.m. on Faber Field.
Bertha opens in the first round against Maple Plaine this Saturday at 5 p.m., while Midway will face Shakopee in the first round Sunday at 4 p.m.
Countryside and Region 16C champion Fergus Falls will face the victor between Richmond and Prior Lake Saturday, Aug. 25, at 1:30 p.m.
DL Tribune Angels Article
August 8, 2012
By: Brian Wierima, DL-Online
After a long up and down season for the Detroit Lakes Angels baseball team, the only way their arrow is pointing now is up — and it’s perfect timing.
A five-run seventh inning in Sunday’s State Class C play-in game against Bertha in New York Mills typified the Angels’ Region 14C run, besides clinching their first state berth in four years.
Getting hot at the right time was exactly what the Angels (24-14) did to a shocked Bertha Blazer team, which looked as if it was cruising to an easy victory after building a 7-1 margin.
But DL had other things in mind and mounted one of the biggest comebacks in the region playoffs in awhile and it came off the bat of one of the Angels’ hottest hitters — first baseman Mark Gulseth.
The slugger extended his homerun streak to three playoff games, as he drove a Bertha pitch over the fence for a three-run blast to put DL up 8-7 and officially erasing a 7-1 deficit.
“We couldn’t scrape anything together in those first six innings and Bertha was hitting everything,” said Angels co-manager and centerfielder Phil Kirchner. “But Bertha kind of started running out of pitching and we didn’t give up.
“When we have our full lineup there, we can hit the ball.”
That’s exactly what DL did, as they collected six of their 15 hits in the seventh inning alone.
It all started with a Connor McLeod double, he and he moved to third base on a Bryan Buhr single.
The facet kept running full, as Taylor Fuhs singled in McLeod for the first run, which brought up Gulseth.
He launched his three-run homer to put the Angels up 8-7, which added to his two other homers for the weekend.
With one out, Doug Dickey hit the second of his two doubles, as Andy Fondrick ran for him. A two-out single by Trevor Tappe would score Fondrick and give the Angels a 9-7 lead.
“We just kept playing and starting hitting in that seventh inning,” Kirchner said. “Mark Gulseth is hitting like a professional.”
Gulseth missed much of the season, due to his assistant coaching duties for the Legion Post 15 team, but out of his 14 hits this season, six have been homers.
The Angels also received some help from their Wadena-Deer Creek draftee Travis George, who relieved starter Nick Polejewski in the third inning.
George slowed down the Blazers’ bats by pitching 5.1 innings, allowing six hits and two runs, neither earned. He also struck out eight.
“Travis is a hard worker and he pitched well for us,” Kirchner said. “We are very happy we were able to draft him.”
Bertha took advantage of four DL errors leading into the big seventh for their 7-1 lead, but DL did put a dent in the margin with three runs in the fifth on RBI hits by Buhr and a clutch two-run shot by Taylor Fuhs, who went 4-5 with three RBIs on the day.
Gulseth went 3-5 with three RBIs, while Dickey was 3-4 with an RBI.
Reed Oistad picked up the save by shutting Bertha down in the top of the ninth.
DL had to work hard to even make their state play-in game with Bertha, with an impressive 6-1 win over previously undefeated Carlos Saturday in New York Mills.
Chris Gilson pitched a complete-game gem, as he cuffed Carlos’ bats for just seven spread out hits and striking out five.
The Angels had only four hits in the game, but took advantage of four walks in the fourth inning to go along with a two-run single by Oistad.
Ryan Berg had an RBI ground out and the Angels also scored on a double steal.
Gulseth added a backbreaking two-run homer in the fifth to put the Angels up 6-0.
Neil Jenzen would have an RBI double in the eighth to knock in the Cougars only run.
DL opened up the playoffs a day late, after Friday’s opener was postponed due to thunderstorms.
But the delay didn’t quell the Angels’ thirst for hits, as they pummeled Staples for 14 hits in a 10-0 win, with homers by Gilson and Gulseth. Gilson had three hits, while each of Connor McLeod, Gulseth, Trevor Tappe and Oistad had two.
Brock Johnson mowed through the Lumberbats’ lineup for the complete-game win, allowing six hits and striking out six.
“We’re excited about getting back to state,” Kirchner said. “To make a playoff run like this, you need to be playing your best, and right now, we are.”
The Angels now await a Saturday night match-up with either Perham, Bertha or Carlos for the Region 14C title.
Perham and Carlos will play Friday night at 8 p.m. in NYM, as the winner will play the Bertha Blazers Saturday at 5 p.m. in NYM.
The Angels will play the winner at 8 p.m. for the title.
If either Perham or Bertha defeats Carlos this weekend, it will be the first time since the areas major realignment in 2002 in which two teams from the same league have advanced through the Region tournament to the State in Regions 14C or 16C.
Angels advance to State Tournament
August 6, 2012
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The Detroit Lakes Angels have secured a trip to the 2012 State Tournament in St. Cloud by posting 3 wins this past weekend.
On Saturday the Angels won the first round game by a 10-0 score over the Staples Lumberbats. Brock Johnson was the starting pitcher and pitched a complete game. Chris Gilson and Mark Gulseth had homers for the Angels
Saturday night the Angels defeated the previously undefeated Carlos Cougars by a score of 6-1. Chris Gilson pitched a complete game scattering 7 hits. Mark Gulseth had a 2 run homer.
On Sunday night the Angels defeated the Bertha Blazers by a score of 9-7 in a come back win. The Angels were down 7 to 1 before making a late rally. Nick Polejewski started but was relieved by draftee Travis George in the 3rd. Travis picked up the win as he pitched through the 8th. Reed Oistad pitched the 9th to pick up the save. Taylor Fuhs had a 2 run homer to pull to with 7-5 in the 5th. Mark Gulseth had a 3 run homer to put the Angels up 8-7 in the 7th inning. The Angels added another run in the inning on a single by Trevor Tappe.
The Angels and Blazers have played 4 times this season with the Blazers winning the first 3 games.
The Angels now await a Saturday night matchup with either Perham, Bertha or Carlos for the Region Title. Perham and Carlos will play on Friday night at 8:00 in NYM, the winner will play the Bertha Blazers on Saturday at 5:00 in NYM with the Angels playing the winner at 8:00 for the Title.
If either Perham or Bertha defeats Carlos this weekend it will be the first time since the areas major realignment in 2002 that 2 teams from the same league have advanced through the Region Tournament to the State tournament in Regions 14 or 16.
Home-grown talent keys consistency
July 6, 2011
Home-grown talent keys consistency
By: Brian Wierima, DL-Online
After the Detroit Lakes Angels were resurrected in 2007, there was a goal of keeping the players home grown.
With the Angels recording their 100th victory since their resurrection in 2007 Monday during the annual July 4 game against visiting Frazee, the local amateur baseball team can literally be thought of as a “Detroit Lakes” one.
Throughout the five seasons of the Angels, over 95 percent of the players have hailed from Detroit Lakes, despite the usual turnover which comes with the territory of running an amateur baseball team.
By keeping the talent in-house, the Angels have been a team of consistency, averaging 20 wins per season, while collecting two state tournament berths in their first two seasons after over a decade-long layoff of having a team in DL.
“The big thing we’ve been able to do has been to keep the top one, two or three players from the DL high school team,” said co-manager Mark Jorgenson, who along with Phil Kirchner, spearheaded the effort to bring the Angels back in 2007.
“We have kept our DL kids, while other towns end up splitting up their young talent among two or three other teams.”
The Angels crawled back out of obscurity May 6, 2007, when they opened the season with a 15-0 victory over the visiting New York Mills Millers at Washington Ballpark.
Since then, DL has rolled up 99 more wins, finishing 29-7 in their inaugural season, following that with records of 18-15, 15-15, 20-10 and currently sitting at 18-8 in 2011 for a combined mark of 100-55.
If it wasn’t for local players, the Angels wouldn’t exist, either.
“We have people who are dedicated in making this team succeed,” said Kirchner, who has been amongst the team leaders in batting all five years and leads the team in most career offensive stats. “We have good leadership at the top and have had a good mix of young players and veterans.
“Our players like playing on a winning team and for the most part, we’ve done just that.”
In DL’s first season, the team was based on many veterans, with the majority coming from the Perham Pirates.
That so happened to be the Angels’ best season, as they posted 29 wins and made it to the second round of the Class C state tournament, before losing to Sauk Rapids.
That team boasted of such former Laker standouts as Nick Omberg, Kyle Danner, Taylor Fuhs, Chris Engberg, Shawn Ohman, Matt Olson, Zach Fulmer, Max Saarinen, Nick Schroeder and Chris Sieling.
The veteran-laced lineup also included Kirchner, Noah Johnson, Matt Nustad and Terry Haus.
It ended up being a perfect match, as the Angels boasted of one of the top pitchers in the area in Olson, who was DL’s horse with 101 innings pitched, while going 12-2 with 81 strikeouts and a stellar 1.87 ERA. Olson also leads all Angel pitchers in wins with 18, followed by original Angel Bryan Buhr and DL native Matt Huberty with 15 each.
With Olson — who hasn’t pitched for DL the last two seasons — heading the pitching staff, the Angels through the five seasons have had a deep pitching rotation.
This year maybe their deepest yet.
“Already this season we’ve had 10 different pitchers start games and 13 who have seen time on the mound,” Jorgenson said. “Taylor Fuhs has developed into one of the better pitchers in the league, after starting his (Angels’) career at catcher. Winning 100 games in that many seasons does show consistency.”
Fuhs has been one of DL’s most versatile players, as well as one of the most reliable and consistent.
His .325 career batting average for the Angels is second only to Kirchner’s .361 mark, while providing the team his glove pretty much at every position.
The former Mayville State University player Fuhs credits the up-and-comers for keeping the Angels rejuvenated year in and year out.
“We have a solid Legion program in DL now and the young guys are good coming out of high school,” Fuhs added. “We have a lot of college players, as well, and the chemistry is good every year, with Phil (Kirchner) doing a good job with that.”
This year’s roster includes a dozen former Laker players, with every player but one or two having college baseball experience.
And that has been the case every season since 2007, with the latest being Mark Gulseth, who is a former Major League Baseball draftee and minor league player.
“We are getting the best three players each year from the DL High School program and Legion program and that will keep us consistent for years to come,” Jorgenson said.
Another luxury the DL team has is solid funding, which ultimately goes back to the community.
Solid support from community businesses has allowed the Angels the advantage of not worrying about funding a team.
And after each season is completed, the leftover money is donated to the DL Youth Baseball programs.
“We donate from $500 to $1,000 a year to the youth baseball programs,” Kirchner said. “That’s our goal, is to support and help the youth baseball teams. And Kim Fuhs (Taylor’s mother) does a terrific job on our financial end of matters.”
Having fun also goes hand-in-hand with success. The Angels are looking to getting back to the state tournament, and have the horses to doing so.
Their deep pitching staff boasts of a potential ace in DLHS graduate Brock Johnson — who is currently pitching for the Legion team, but has his four required games in to play in the Angels’ playoff games.
The lineup is also bolstered by Concordia College two-sport athlete and DL grad Chris Gilson and other former Lakers Nick Polejewski, Brandon Johnson, Jon Tolbert, Matt Huberty and Fuhs.
Transplant Trevor Tappe is also coming along strong, as is Buhr, so adding onto that 100th win is an expectation for this 2011 group of players.
“It’s been a lot of fun playing the last five years,” Fuhs said. “I’ve never been on a losing team (on the Angels) and we are hopefully looking to make it back to state.
“That’s our goal.”
With the century mark behind them, the Angels definitely are not looking to stop at 100.
Angels pick up 100th win on July 4
July 6, 2011
Angels capture win No. 100 in Walk-off fashion
By: Brian Wierima, DL-Online
Clutch hitting and pitching marked up two more important victories for the Detroit Lakes Angels, who remain on their quest to wrap up the regular season Hi-10 League championship.
Mark Gulseth’s walk-off single Monday kicked off the fireworks for the Angels, who sealed their 100th victory since being re-established in 2007.
DL made a Washington Ballpark rally in the bottom of the ninth inning, after trailing 2-1 to the visiting Frazee Flames — and it was ignited by a pair of original Angels.
Taylor Fuhs started the comeback with a leadoff single, followed by co-manager and right fielder Phil Kirchner’s double. Fuhs was able to plate the tying run on a throwing error.
The game ended on Gulseth’s third hit of the game, a single which scored Kirchner and the winning run.
“Winning 100 games (in four and a half years) shows there is a commitment to baseball in Detroit Lakes,” said Kirchner, who helped spearhead the return of the Angels in 2007. “We do keep putting quality players out on the field, despite turnover every year. We’ve had great support from the community.”
Jon Tolbert pitched solidly, going the distance. The Flames did collect 11 hits, but DL and Tolbert were able to limit the damage to one run apiece in the fifth and sixth innings.
The Angels (13-4 in Hi-10 action) had 14 hits, with Kirchner and Gulseth each going 3-5 and Brandon Johnson, 2-4.
Frazee was hindered by four errors, while DL had two. Tolbert was accurate, pitching for four strikeouts and walking none.
The Angels increased their Hi-10 lead over Bertha with a convincing 7-1 victory over the Blazers Friday at Washington Ballpark.
Kirchner’s three-run homer in the third inning keyed DL’s scoring, while Fuhs kept the Blazer bats off balance all evening with 12 strikeouts, allowing just seven hits.
DL had eight hits, with Fuhs, Kirchner (three runs scored) and Gulseth all having two apiece.
The Angels’ 13-4 league record is tops, followed by Wadena-Deer Creek’s 10-4, Bertha at 11-6 and Perham at 6-6. The bottom four teams are Bluffton (6-8), New York Mills (3-11), Audubon (2-10) and Henning (1-12).
Pelican Rapids leads the Countryside League with a perfect 10-0 record, followed by Vergas at 10-2, Fergus Falls at 7-2, Dent at 2-8 and Frazee at 4-12.
Detroit Lakes will host Vergas tonight (Wednesday) at 7:30 p.m. They will compete in the Jamestown, N.D., tournament Saturday and Sunday, travel to New York Mills next Wednesday and prepare for the Hi-10 playoffs on Friday, July 22.
Angels closing in on win #100
June 27, 2011
The Detroit Lakes Angels are 3 wins away from picking up win number 100 in their 5th year. The Angels were reborn in 2007 and have had the following record each season.
29-7 in 2007
18-15 in 2008
15-15 in 2009
20-10 in 2010
The Angels career record entering the season was
The Angels are currently sitting with a season record of 15-7. This gives the team a career record of 97-54.
DL Tribune article on DL tournament and Nick Polejewski
June 22, 2011
It’s been a long rehab for Detroit Lakes Angels’ pitcher Nick Polejewski after he underwent the infamous elbow procedure known as “Tommy John” surgery.
But if Sunday’s nine-inning performance is any indication, Polejewski looks to be nearly back to 100 percent.
Polejewski stifled the potent Fergus Falls team’s bats in the Angels’ Tournament third-place game at Washington Park Sunday, holding the Hurricanes to four hits in a 2-1 DL victory that spanned two extra innings of play.
“I haven’t pitched for that long in a game in about two years,” Polejewski said. “I struggled some with my curveball, but my fastball was tailing well and I was attacking the strike zone well.
“Mentally, it was difficult not to think about it, but I haven’t been able to go that long in a while.”
Luckily for the Angels, Polejewski could, as he pitched out of several jams, which was also aided by some solid defensive plays.
After the ’Canes scored the tying run in the top of the sixth inning, when Casey Kowalski led off with a double and later scored on a passed ball, each team was held scoreless in the seventh and the extra eighth frame.
By tournament rules, the ninth inning starts by placing a runner at second base with no outs.
After a sacrifice fly gave Fergus Falls a runner at third base with one out, Polejewski forced a groundout to shortstop Reed Oistad and ended the inning with a fly out to second base.
“The defense certainly helped me out,” Polejewski added.
It didn’t take long for the Lakers to score the winning run, as rightfielder and co-manager Phil Kirchner took his position on second base.
Third base slugger Mark Gulseth quickly cracked a hard liner over the FF right fielder’s head, as Kirchner easily scored from second.
“That’s what Mark can do,” Kirchner said. “Nick also came through big and he kept his composure and threw strikes.”
The victory was also the first one over the ’Canes by the Angels in five years, and improved DL’s record to 9-7.
The Angels lost in the semifinals to Jamestown, N.D., by the score of 2-1.
Jamestown, which is a traditional state champion from North Dakota and eventually became the DL Tournament champ, held the Angels to one hit in the victory.
Doug Dickey came up with DL’s lone RBI.
“Jamestown has a lot of college players and is a very good team,” Kirchner said.
DL stranded the tying run on third base in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Chris Gilson took the loss after pitching five strong innings, giving up four hits and striking out seven.
The Angels advanced through the first round with a 14-4 blasting of Crookston Friday.
DL collected 12 hits, including a 3-3 night by Oistad, while Kirchner had two homeruns and four RBIs.
Matt Huberty pitched all five innings in the 10-run mercy rule game, allowing six hits and striking out seven.