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Park Rapids first baseman Rilee Johnson waited for the throw as Northern Freeze’s Steele Spilde had to dive back to the bag on a pick-off attempt during Tuesday’s Section 8AA playoff game.

Panthers escape with first-round win

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     Through the first two innings of Tuesday’s Section 8AA baseball tournament opener at Park Rapids, Northern Freeze appeared to be the higher seed.

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     After falling behind 4-0, Park Rapids was able to rally as a suicide-squeeze bunt in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the No. 1-seeded Panthers a 6-5 victory.

     Northern Freeze, the No. 8 seed, used four walks, three singles and two errors to take a 4-0 lead in the second inning.

     Park Rapids cut the gap to 4-3 in the third on a single by Jordan McCollum, a walk to Josh Severtson, an RBI single by Drew Bade, an RBI single by Chase Brand and an error.

     A single and two errors led to another Northern Freeze run in the fourth before the Panthers tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the inning. Tyler McCollum walked, Brad Eischens singled and Riley Massie put down a sacrifice bunt to set up a two-run double by Jordan McCollum.

     In the bottom of the seventh, Bade singled and moved to third on Brand’s single. Bade scored the game winner on Jon Burlingame’s squeeze bunt.

     Jordan McCollum went 3 for 4 with two RBI while Bade, Burlingame and Brand had two hits each to pace Park Rapids’ 13-hit attack.

     Tyler McCollum picked up the win in relief by allowing one run on five hits with 10 strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

     The Panthers, who extended their winning streak to 14 games in a row, advanced with a 19-2 record while Northern Freeze ended the season at 6-10.

N. Freeze         040  100  0…5  8  2

Park Rapids      003 200  1…6  13  4

Player               AB     R    H      RBI

J. McCollum        4      1    3      2

Severtson           4      1    1      0

D. Bade              4      2    2      1

Johnson              3      0    0      0

Porozinski            1      0    0      0

Brand                 3      0    2      1

Burlingame         3      0    2      1

T. McCollum        2      0    1      0

M. Bade             0      1    0      0

Eischens              3      1    1      0

Massie                2      0    1      0

Byer                   0      0    0      0

Totals                29     6    3      4

Porozinski (1.1IP, 4R, 2H, 1K, 5BB), Johnson (0IP, 0R, 1H, 0K, 1BB), T. McCollum (5.2IP, 1R, 5H, 10K, 1BB). W-T. McCollum. 2B: J. McCollum 2. SB: J. McCollum 1, Severtson 2, D. Bade 1.

Bade lifts Panthers past Bagley

     Bade went 4 for 4 at the plate and threw a four-hitter in leading the Panthers to a 9-1 win over Bagley in the regular-season finale last Thursday.

     A six-run sixth inning put the game away. Jordan McCollum’s double, Severtson’s RBI single, Bade’s RBI triple, Rilee Johnson’s RBI triple, Derek Porozinski’s RBI single, Burlingame’s single and Brand’s two-run single sparked that inning and gave the Panthers a 7-0 lead.

     Bade’s single set up a two-run homer by Porozinski as the Panthers led 9-0 in the seventh.

     Porozinski went 2 for 3 with three RBI and Severtson went 2 for 4 to lead the Panthers’ 12-hit attack. Bade struck out seven in a complete-game effort.

     Bagley fell to 10-8.

Park Rapids      010 006  2…9  12  0

Bagley             000 000  1…1  4  2

Player               AB     R    H      RBI

J. McCollum        4      1    1      0

Severtson           4      1    2      1

Bade                  4      2    4      1

Johnson              4      1    1      1

Porozinski           3      2    2      3

Burlingame         4      1    1      0

T. McCollum        2      1    0      0

Eischens              3      0    0      0

Brand                 3      0    1      2

Totals                31     9    12    8

Bade (7IP, 1ER, 4H, 7K, 2BB). W-Bade. 2B: J. McCollum 1, Bade 2. 3B: Bade 1, Johnson 1. HR: Porozinski 1. 2B: Severtson 1, Bade 1.

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