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Morgan Dean connected for a hit during Park Rapids' sweep over Crosby-Ironton Tuesday.

Jerger’s two-hitter, no-hitter spark Panthers’ Mid-State sweep over C-I

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     Bailee Jerger had a tough act to follow after throwing a two-hitter and striking out 12 batters in leading the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team to an 11-0 five-inning victory in the first game of a Mid-State Conference doubleheader against Crosby-Ironton Tuesday at the Area High School diamond.

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     The senior pitcher followed by throwing a no-hitter as the Panthers completed the sweep with a 17-0 five-inning victory in the second game.

     In the two games, Jerger accounted for 18 of the 30 outs via strikeouts, didn’t walk a batter and allowed only six baserunners on two singles and four errors as the Panthers improved to 5-1 in the conference and 8-2 overall.

     Offensively, the Panthers had 22 hits and used nine C-I errors and nine walks to end both games early via the 10-run rule.

     Jerger’s RBI single helped give the Panthers a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning of the first game before a four-run second inning pushed the lead to 7-0. With two outs, Brooke Jerger tripled, Lauren Naeve singled, Shania Johnson singled, Bailee Jerger doubled and Morgan Dean singled.

     A triple by Charity Ridlon and a single by Naeve led to three more runs in the third before Sarena Kinkel singled and scored on an error for the final run in the fourth.

     Bailee Jerger went 2 for 3 with two runs and four RBI, Naeve went 2 for 2 with two runs and two RBI, and Brooke Jerger scored three runs to pace the Panthers’ nine-hit attack.

     A 13-hit attack in the second game sparked the Panthers to the sweep.

     Singles by Naeve and Bailee Jerger and a triple by Jessie O’Hern gave the Panthers another quick 3-0 lead in the first.

     Singles by Kinkel, Ridlon and O’Hern and two errors led to five runs in the second.

     Singles by Tara Johanning, Brooke Jerger and Naeve, a triple by Hope Johnson and two errors produced six runs in the third.

     Three walks and singles by Brooke Jerger, Ridlon and O’Hern concluded the scoring in the fourth.

     Naeve went 2 for 3 with four runs, Bailee Jerger went 2 for 3 with three RBI, Ridlon went 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBI, O’Hern went 3 for 4 with two RBI, and Hope Johnson had two RBI to lead the Panthers’ offense.

     The Rangers fell to 0-4 in conference play.

 (Game 1)

Crosby-Ironton          000  00….0  2  3

Park Rapids              343  1x….11  9  1

Player               AB     R    H      RBI

Br.  Jerger          1      3    1      0

Naeve                 2      2    2      2

S. Johnson           2      1    1      0

Ba. Jerger          3      2    2      4

Dean                  3      0    1      1

H. Johnson          3      0    0      0

Ridlon                 2      1    1      0

Kinkel                 1      1    1      0

Johanning           3      0    0      1

Eischens              3      1    0      0

Smith                 0      0    0      0

Totals                23    11    9      8

Ba. Jerger (5IP, 0R, 2H, 0BB, 12K) and Naeve. W-Ba. Jerger. L-Moore. 2B: Ba. Jerger 1. 3B: Ridlon 1, Br. Jerger 1. SB: Ba. Jerger 1, Naeve 2, Kinkel 1, Br. Jerger 2.

 (Game 2)

Crosby-Ironton          000  00….0  0  6

Park Rapids              356  3x….17 13 3

Player               AB     R    H      RBI

Br.  Jerger          1      3    1      1

Smith                 1      2    0      0

Naeve                 3      4    2      0

S. Johnson           3      0    0      1

Eischens              0      1    0      0

Ba. Jerger          3      0    2      3

Ridlon                 3      2    2      2

O’Hern                4      1    3      2

H. Johnson          4      0    1      2

Johanning           3      2    1      0

Kinkel                 2      2    1      0

Totals                27    17    13    11

Ba. Jerger (5IP, 0R, 0H, 0BB, 6K) and Naeve. W-Ba. Jerger. L-Russell. 3B: H. Johnson 1, O’Hern 1. SB: Naeve 1, Kinkel 1, O’Hern 1, Johanning 1, Br. Jerger 2.

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