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Fergus Falls second baseman Reece Johnson (6) and Park Rapids' Sam Coborn looked for the call from the umpire on a stolen base attempt during Monday's game. Coborn was called out on the play.

Gaustad strikes out 15, throws one-hitter, hits two home runs in Otters' win over Panthers

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Pete Gaustad almost single-handedly defeated the Park Rapids baseball team Monday night.

Gaustad threw a one-hitter and struck out 15 and aided his cause by blasting two home runs and driving in five runs in leading Fergus Falls to a 9-2 victory in this game between Section 8AA rivals at the Area High School field.

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The Panthers scored an unearned run in the first when Zach Eystad and Sam Coborn reached on errors and Eystad scored on a wild pitch.

Park Rapids extended the lead to 2-0 in the third with another unearned run when Coborn reached on an error, stole second and scored on Chris Goplerud's RBI single.

Gaustad's three-run homer in the fifth inning gave the Otters a 3-2 lead while his second blast sparked a six-run sixth to seal the win. Abbot Aho contributed a two-run double and Drew Reinertson had a two-run single in that inning.

Gaustad didn't walk a batter and struck out the side in the second and fourth innings as Fergus Falls improved to 9-9.

Cory Odland started and took the loss as the Panthers fell to 10-8.

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