Braves top Panthers in tournament finale
Allowing 21 walks and 24 runs while producing only 12 hits and five runs prevented the Park Rapids baseball team from winning a game at the 14th annual Park Rapids Invitational Friday and Saturday.
The Panthers were defeated by Greenway 9-0 in Friday night's quarterfinals, Frazee 8-1 in Saturday's consolation semifinals and Menahga 7-4 in Saturday's seventh place game.
In Friday's other games, Wheaton edged Frazee 6-5, Crookston defeated Menahga 10-5 and Sebeka topped Staples-Motley 10-8 in 12 innings.
In Saturday's winners' bracket, Greenway defeated Wheaton 10-7 and Sebeka defeated Crookston 8-2. Greenway defeated Sebeka 5-4 in the title game and Crookston defeated Whea-ton 6-1 for third place.
In the consolation bracket Saturday, Staples-Motley defeated Menahga 8-4. Frazee defeated Staples-Motley 6-5 for fifth place.
Park Rapids carried a 1-4 overall record into Tuesday's Mid-State Conference doubleheader with Detroit Lakes. The Panthers host Crosby-Ironton in another conference doubleheader Thursday afternoon starting at 4.
Greenway blanks Panthers
Four walks led to three Greenway runs in the first inning and three more walks led to the final six runs in the sixth inning as the Panthers were sent into the losers' bracket.
Kevin McMorrow singled in the second and fourth innings and Justin Peterson had a single in the third inning to account for Park Rapids' three hits.
Mitch Long started and took the loss for Park Rapids.
Frazee walks by Panthers
Frazee turned five walks into six runs in the first inning to spark an 8-1 win.
The Panthers ended 11 scoreless innings in the tournament by scoring a run in the sixth. Cody Schirmers led off with a walk and scored on singles by Tucker Coborn and Dylan Walsh.
Coborn's single in the first inning accounted for the Panthers' other hit. Kevin Vaadeland started and took the loss.
Quick start sparks Braves
Mitch Melander pitched five solid innings and had a two-run double in the first inning to spark the Braves past Park Rapids in the final game.
Cory Odland had an RBI single in the second and Vaadeland doubled and scored in the third as the Panthers closed the deficit to 3-2.
Menahga sealed the win with a four-run fifth. Singles by Matt Skoog and Alex White, three walks and an error gave the Braves a 7-2 lead.
Park Rapids concluded the scoring in the sixth on singles by Walsh and Vaadeland.
Pike took the loss for the Panthers while Kasey Tyge pitched the final two innings to earn a save for Menahga, which had only three hits in the game.