Brainerd, Nisswa end Legion's season
The Park Rapids American Legion baseball team saw its season come to an end with two closes losses in the North Subdistrict 6 tournament.
Park Rapids, the No. 5 seed, opened the double-elimination tournament on July 15 with a 5-4 loss to No. 4 Brainerd before falling to No. 2 Nisswa 15-10 in the second game.
In the loss to Brainerd, Park Rapids held a 4-3 lead before Brainerd scored twice in the seventh for the win.
Cody Schirmers singled and scored on Tom Juberian's single in the first; Dylan Stenberg walked and scored on Dan Pike's sacrifice fly in the second; Zach Anderson singled and scored on Dylan Walsh's RBI double in the fifth; and Paul Dirks scored in the seventh to account for Park Rapids' four runs.
Schirmers, Juberian and Cody Boterman all had two hits for Park Rapids, which finished with 11 hits. Juberian took the loss as Brainerd won despite having only six hits.
In the second game, Nisswa jumped out to an 11-0 lead after three innings before Park Rapids rallied.
A seven-run fourth inning sparked Park Rapids' comeback. A lead-off single by Boterman, walks to Stenberg, Cory Odland and Pike, a two-run double by Schirmers, a two-run single by Walsh and a solo home run by Kevin Vaadeland made it 11-7.
After Nisswa countered with four runs in the bottom of the fourth, doubles by Stenberg and Pike led to another Park Rapids run in the fifth.
Park Rapids ended the scoring with two runs in the ninth on singles by Vaadeland and Stenberg, an error and a grounder by Derek Wittman.
Schirmers went 2 for 4 with two RBI, Vaadeland went 3 for 5 with two RBI and two runs, and Stenberg went 2 for 4 with three runs to lead Park Rapids' 10-hit attack. Stenberg took the loss as the Legion ended the season with a 1-22 record.
Legion's offense struggles
The Legion ended the regular season by being outscored 53-9 in its final five games.
Park Rapids dropped a doubleheader at Little Falls on July 6 by scores of 10-0 and 15-2. Singles by Schirmers and Odland accounted for the only hits in the first game as Odland took the loss. In the second game, Schirmers doubled and scored on Walsh's single in the first inning and Levi Erickson scored on Odland's single in the fourth to account for Park Rapids' two runs. Boterman took the loss in that game.
On July 8, Pelican Rapids used an 11-run third inning to spark a 13-3 win. Schirmers led off the game with a walk and scored on Walsh's single. Walsh doubled and scored on Boterman's single in the third. Pike doubled and scored on Schirmers' single in the fourth. Walsh went 3 for 3 to lead Park Rapids' six-hit attack. Pike took the loss in that game.
In the regular-season finale on July 9, Nisswa held Park Rapids to only two hits in a 10-0 win before completing the sweep with a 5-4 victory in the second game. Nisswa had 10 hits in the first game as Anderson took the loss. In the second game, Park Rapids led 4-2 before Nisswa scored twice in the seventh before winning it in the eighth. Pike walked and scored in the second, Dirks singled and scored in the fourth, and Juberian and Vaadeland had RBIs in the fifth. Juberian and Dirks both went 2 for 4 to lead Park Rapids' seven-hit attack. Juberian took the loss in that game.
Walsh, Juberian lead way
Walsh and Juberian led the offense for the Legion this summer.
Walsh led the team by hitting .448 and scoring 16 runs. Walsh also had 10 RBI, one home run and two stolen bases.
Juberian batted .390 with 13 runs and led the Legion with three home runs, five doubles and six stolen bases.
Schirmers had a .271 batting average with 15 runs, five stolen bases and five RBI.
Stenberg batted .263 with seven runs and five RBI.