Panthers almost perfect in season-opening sweep
It was nearly a perfect season opener for the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team Tuesday.
Cady Clinton and Brie Warne combined to allow only one run on seven hits, the offense produced 22 runs on 21 hits, and the defense committed only one error. All that combined to spark the Panthers to a Mid-State Conference doubleheader sweep over Pequot Lakes.
In the first game, Clinton threw a four-hitter and contributed three RBI in leading the Panthers to an 11-0 five-inning victory.
An RBI single by Morgan Kelly and a two-run single by Alyssa Carlson gave the Panthers a 3-0 lead in the second inning.
Singles by Jenny Palm, Brittany Gartner, Kelly and Hailey Lundin set up a three-run double by Clinton and an RBI single by Leeza Tostenson in a six-run third inning.
Kelly's two-run double capped off the scoring in the fourth.
Kelly led the Panthers' 10-hit attack by going 3 for 3 and driving in four runs.
In the second game, Warne threw a three-hitter and struck out seven in an 11-1 five-inning victory.
Tostenson's two-run home run, a two-run single by Maria Goetz and a two-run double by Carlson gave the Panthers a 6-0 lead in the first.
A two-run double by Dent and RBI grounder by Warne pushed the lead to 9-0 in the second.
The Panthers concluded the scoring on Tostenson's RBI single in the third and Dent's solo homer in the fourth.
Tostenson and Dent each went 3 for 3 with three RBI to lead the Panthers' 11-hit attack.
"I was very pleased with our performance, especially since we've been inside for five weeks," said Park Rapids head coach Marion Goeden. "We played with confidence and we played at our level of play."