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Danny Pike delivered a pitch during the first game of a Mid-State Conference doubleheader with Crosby-Ironton Tuesday.

Odland's 15 strikeouts, Pike's homer spark Panthers to first wins of season

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Cory Odland's 15 strikeouts and Danny Pike's two-run home run sparked the Park Rapids baseball team to its first two wins of the season.

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Odland gave up three hits and allowed seven walks in leading the Panthers to a 6-2 win over Pelican Rapids last Thursday.

Odland's RBI single and Pike's sacrifice fly gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead in the first before Odland's RBI double and Chris Goplerud's two-run double led to three runs in the fifth. Another RBI double by Odland concluded Park Rapids' scoring in the sixth.

Odland went 3 for 4 at the plate with three RBI while Goplerud went 2 for 4 to pace the Panthers' six-hit attack. The Panthers also benefited from nine walks as Pelican Rapids fell to 0-4 on the season.

The Panthers split a Mid-State Conference doubleheader with Crosby-Ironton Tuesday.

C-I scored three unearned runs in the eighth inning and held off the Panthers for a 10-9 victory in the first game before the Panthers salvaged the split when Pike's two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth led to a 3-2 win.

In the opener, the Panthers trailed 7-4 entering the seventh when doubles by Odland and Goplerud, an error and a single by Dustin Martine tied the game.

After the Rangers used two errors to score three times in the eighth, the Panthers attempted a rally in the bottom of the inning. Sam Coborn singled and Odland walked to lead off the inning. A passed ball and an error allowed two runs to score, but the Rangers held on for the win.

Coborn went 2 for 4 with two RBI and Goplerud went 2 for 5 to lead the Panthers' eight-hit attack. Kyle Goplerud took the loss in relief of Pike. Those two pitchers gave up only four hits, but combined for nine walks and five hit batters.

Crosby-Ironton was in position to complete the sweep before Pike followed Chris Goplerud's one-out single in the sixth with his game-winning home run.

Levi Erickson singled and scored on Coborn's RBI single in the first to tie the game at 1-1 before C-I scored a run in the third to take a 2-1 lead.

Dustin Martine allowed only three hits and struck out four in a complete-game effort for the win. Chris Goplerud and Pike both went 2 for 3 as the Panthers managed only seven hits.

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