Pelican Rapids takes advantage of Park Rapids' miscues for win
Pelican Rapids took advantage of seven errors, five walks and three hit batters to defeat the Park Rapids baseball team 19-9 in five innings Monday at the Area High School diamond.
Jan-Erik Lindberg's two-run single was the only hit in the first inning as Pelican Rapids jumped out to a 2-0 lead.
The Panthers countered in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. Walks to Tucker Coborn, Dylan Walsh and Kevin McMorrow and a two-run single by Justin Peterson tied the game at 2-2.
Two errors led to three more runs in the second as Pelican Rapids claimed a 5-2 lead.
Park Rapids went ahead 6-5 in the bottom of the inning when Mitch Long walked, Coborn singled, Walsh walked and Kevin Vaadeland belted a grand-slam homer to right field.
Two walks and a hit batter set up RBI singles by Sam Kruger and Tydan Storrusten and a two-run double by Brian Guler as the Vikings claimed a 10-6 lead in the third.
A nine-run fourth inning pushed the lead to 19-6. Four errors, RBI singles by Kruger and Guler, and an RBI double by Lindberg sparked that inning.
The Panthers attempted to prolong this game in the bottom of the fifth. A lead-off double by Jack Mercado, a walk to Danny Pike, an RBI single by Paul Dirks and walks to Cory Odland and Coborn forced in three runs. Lindberg retired the next two batters to end this game via the 10-run rule.
Long started and took the loss, allowing eight runs on four walks, three hit batters and three hits in two innings. Long struck out four. Dan Ricke gave up 11 runs on nine hits while striking out three in two innings. Mercado faced three batters during a scoreless fifth.
The win lifted Pelican Rapids to 13-2 on the season while Park Rapids fell to 6-11.