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Park Rapids’ Charity Ridlon reached for a throw to first during Tuesday’s win over Thief River Falls.

Jergers spark Panthers’ 3-2 win over TRF

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     Bailee Jerger’s two-hit complete game and Brooke Jerger’s game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team to a key 3-2 Section 8AA victory over Thief River Falls Tuesday at the Area High School field.

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     The Panthers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Lauren Naeve’s lead-off double and Shania Johnson’s RBI single.

     Johnson led off the fourth with a single, but was forced out at second on Bailee Jerger’s grounder. Jerger later scored on Charity Ridlon’s RBI single.

     After Thief River Falls used two throwing errors to score two unearned runs in the fifth to tie the game, Hope Johnson led off the bottom of the seventh with a single, advanced to third on Jessie O’Hern’s grounder and scored the game-winning run on Brooke Jerger’s fly ball to left.

     Bailee Jerger walked only one and struck out eight for the win while Naeve and Shania Johnson both went 2 for 3 to lead the Panthers’ seven-hit attack.

     The win lifted Park Rapids to 3-0 in the section and 12-6 overall. The Prowlers fell to 5-1 in the section and 9-5 overall while East Grand Forks is 5-1 in the section and 10-2 overall as those three teams battle for the No. 1 seed in the north half of the section.

     Park Rapids will open the section playoffs with a home game Tuesday at 5.

TRF                 000 020  0…2  2  1

Park Rapids      100  100  1…3   7   3

Player               AB     R    H      RBI

Naeve                 3      1    2      0

Br. Jerger           2      0    1      1

S. Johnson           3      0    2      1

Ba. Jerger          3      1    0      0

Dean                  3      0    0      0

Ridlon                 3      0    1      1

Eischens              3      0    0      0

H. Johnson          3      1    1      0

Kinkel                 2      0    0      0

O’Hern                1      0    0      0

Totals                26     3    7      3

Ba. Jerger (7IP, 2R, 0ER, 2H, 1BB, 8K). W-Ba. Jerger. L-Jones. 2B: Naeve 1.

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