Panthers' offense continues to struggle in tournament losses to Hawley, Frazee
Failing to produce the clutch hit cost the Park Rapids baseball team in two close games at Friday's Park Rapids Invitational.
The Panthers stranded three runners on second and one runner on third in a 4-2 loss to Hawley in the first game.
In the second game, the Panthers stranded six runners on second and two runners on third in a 4-3 eight-inning loss to Frazee.
Dustin Martine threw a six-hitter against Hawley, but didn't get any run support until the seventh inning. A walk to Kyle Goplerud, two-out singles by Sam Coborn and Levi Erickson, and an error produced the Panthers' only runs of the game.
Erickson went 2 for 4 as the Panthers were held to only five hits.
Against Frazee, the Panthers scored twice in the sixth and once in the seventh to force an extra inning.
In the fifth, an error, a single by Martine and a walk to Zach Eystad loaded the bases with no outs. However, the Panthers didn't score.
Two walks and an error enabled Nick Belfiori and Ryan Peterson to score in the sixth.
Park Rapids tied the game in the seventh on singles by Coborn and Cory Odland and an error.
Frazee won it in the eighth on a suicide squeeze.
The Panthers, who fell to 3-10 on the season, managed only three hits with Erickson taking the loss.