Lakers match Panthers' four home runs, rally to sweep doubleheader
Detroit Lakes rallied from early deficits in both games of a Mid-State Conference doubleheader Tuesday to hand the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team its first two losses of the season.
After giving up three runs in the first inning, the Panthers claimed a 4-3 lead before Detroit Lakes used a six-run fourth inning to spark an 11-6 win in the first game.
In the second game, the Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning before Detroit Lakes scored six unanswered runs to complete the sweep with an 11-4 win.
Each team hit four home runs in the doubleheader, but Detroit Lakes' hit three two-run blasts while the Panthers had three solo shots.
In the opener, doubles by Erika Jerger and Ashley Thelen and singles by Nakkita Buckanaga and Caitlan Isaacson produced three runs in the second before Katie Just's solo homer gave the Panthers a 4-3 lead in the third.
Detroit Lakes took advantage of three errors and used Sadie Larson's two-run homer to spark a six-run fourth inning for a 9-4 lead.
A double by Olivia Vaadeland and singles by Jerger, Buckanaga and Katelyn Hilmanowski closed the gap to 9-6 in the fifth before Brianna Seebold's two-run blast in the sixth sealed the win for the Lakers.
Jerger went 3 for 4 while Lauren Naeve, Buckanaga and Hilmanowski had two hits apiece. Vaadeland took the loss as the Panthers committed 10 errors.
In the second game, Jerger's two-run homer in the first gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead before Detroit Lakes rallied.
Larson's two-run homer in the second and Seebold's solo blast in the third helped the Lakers claim a 6-2 lead.
Vaadeland and Just hit back-to-back homers in the sixth to make it 6-4, but the Lakers scored five times in the bottom of the inning to complete the sweep.
Jerger went 2 for 3 to pace Park Rapids' six-hit attack. Vaadeland allowed 12 hits and 11 runs for the loss.
The sweep gave the Lakers a 4-0 record in conference play and a 7-2 overall record while Park Rapids fell to 2-2 in the conference and 5-2 overall.
Panthers hold off Perham
The Panthers jumped out to a 9-0 lead after the first two innings and held off a late rally to defeat Perham 9-5 in a conference game last Thursday.
Singles by Burlingame, Vaadeland and Just and a double by Jerger gave the Panthers a 4-0 lead in the first before singles by Isaacson, Thelen, Naeve, Just and Buckanaga and a double by Burlingame produced five runs in the second.
Perham scored five times in the seventh before Vaadeland finished off a complete game.
Burlingame and Just had two hits apiece to pace the Panthers' 10-hit attack. Vaadeland scattered eight hits and seven walks for the win.