Legion posts home wins against Bertha-Hewitt, Walker
The Park Rapids American Legion baseball team improved to 5-1 after home wins over Bertha-Hewitt Monday and Walker Tuesday.
Tucker Coborn threw a seven-hitter and struck out 11 and Dan Ricke drove in three runs in leading the Legion to a 13-2 five-inning victory over Bertha-Hewitt Monday night.
Ricke followed with a seven-hitter and Coborn blasted a grand-slam home run in sparking the Legion to a 16-4 five-inning victory over Walker Tuesday night.
Park Rapids, which was scheduled to play a doubleheader at Sebeka Friday night, will host Staples in a doubleheader this Friday night starting at 5.
Legion defeats Walker
A nine-run second inning, highlighted by Coborn's grand slam, sparked the Legion past Walker.
After a single by Gabe Grimley and an RBI double by Zach Anderson gave Walker a 1-0 lead, Park Rapids responded by scoring four times in the bottom of the first. Walks to Cody Schirmers and Cory Odland, a bunt single by Coborn, a walk to Dylan Walsh, a two-run single by Ricke, a single by Levi Erickson and a bases-loaded walk to Ryan Peterson gave the Legion the lead for good.
The Legion sent 12 batters to the plate in the second to break the game open. A single by Odland, RBI doubles by Coborn and Walsh, an error, an RBI single by Ricke, a single by Erickson and Coborn's grand-slam homer gave Park Rapids a 13-1 lead.
RBI singles by Grimley and Anderson led to three Walker runs in the third before Park Rapids sealed the win via the 10-run rule by scoring three times in the fourth. After Kody Walsh was hit by a pitch, a single by Peterson, doubles by Odland and Coborn, and two errors ended the scoring.
Coborn went 4 for 4 with four runs scored and five RBI while Ricke went 3 for 4 with three RBI to pace Park Rapids' 14-hit attack. Odland went 2 for 3 and scored three times, Erickson went 2 for 3, and Schirmers and Peterson scored two runs apiece.
Legion defeats B-H
Three big innings led the Legion past Bertha-Hewitt in Park Rapids' home debut Monday night.
Park Rapids scored four times in the first and fourth innings and five times in the second to win via the 10-run rule.
In the first, two errors and a bunt single by Coborn loaded the bases with no outs. Dylan Walsh was hit by a pitch, Danny Pike lofted a sacrifice fly, Ricke grounded out and Walsh scored on a wild pitch to give the Legion a 4-0 lead.
A single by Kody Walsh and an error set up a two-run double by Schirmers to start the second. After another error, Coborn was hit by a pitch and scored on Ricke's RBI double for a 9-0 advantage.
In the fourth, a single by Coborn, an error, a hit batter, an RBI single by Ricke, a run-scoring grounder by Kody Walsh and another error led to Park Rapids' final four runs.
B-H avoided the shutout by scoring twice in the fifth.
Ricke went 2 for 3 with three RBI and Coborn went 2 for 2 with three runs scored to pace Park Rapids' six-hit attack. Schirmers, Odland and Dylan Walsh scored two runs each as the Legion took advantage of six errors and three hit batters.
Legion sweeps Cass Lake
Park Rapids scored 25 runs to sweep a doubleheader at Cass Lake on June 16.
The Legion followed a 19-8 win in the first game with a 6-5 victory in the second game.
In the opener, Jack Mercado picked up the win and was supported by an offense that scored four runs in the first, second, fourth and sixth innings.
Schirmers went 2 for 4 with three runs, Odland scored three runs, Coborn scored five runs, Dylan Walsh went 2 for 4 with a double and a triple, and Pike went 3 for 4 to pace Park Rapids' offense.
In the second game, Park Rapids scored twice in the second and four times in the third to complete the sweep.
Pike and Ricke singled and scored on Erickson's double and Kyle Kanten's sacrifice fly in the second while Schirmers' single and two errors set up Dylan Walsh's game-winning grand-slam homer in the third. Odland was the winning pitcher.
Legion, Wadena split
The Legion opened the season by splitting a doubleheader at Wadena on June 14.
Coborn threw a two-hitter as Park Rapids won the first game 2-1. Coborn also scored both of the Legion's runs by belting a solo homer in the third and singling and scoring on Dylan Walsh's RBI single in the fifth. Schirmers, Coborn and Dylan Walsh all had two hits in that game.
Wadena salvaged a split with a 3-2 win in the second game. A single by Coborn, walks to Pike, Walsh and Ricke, and a sacrifice fly by Odland accounted for Park Rapids' two runs in the first inning. Coborn went 2 for 3 while Ricke took the loss in that game.