Softball team falls to LOW in title game
For the second year in a row, Lake of the Woods prevented the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team from winning its own tournament title.
LOW, which defeated Park Rapids 7-6 in last year's title game, defended its title with an 11-4 victory over the Panthers in Saturday's championship game of this 11th annual tournament at Olson Fields.
Park Rapids advanced to the championship game by defeating Crookston 9-1 in the quarterfinals and Pine River-Backus 12-2 in six innings in the semifinals. LOW took advantage of seven errors to defeat the Panthers in the title game.
"I was happy with our hitting in the first two games. We crushed the ball. We got stunned in the first couple of at bats with LOW and never recovered. We will learn from this game," said Park Rapids head coach Marion Goeden, whose team had 11 hits in each of the first two games before being held to six singles in the title game. "My mission with this team is to be able to play with good teams like LOW. We have several players in new positions and we are still trying things out. Overall, it was a good tournament for us as we continue to develop as a team."
Brie Warne (6 for 10 with four RBI), Leeza Tostenson (6 for 10 with nine RBI) and Olivia Vaadeland (5 for 9) led the Panthers' offense.
Panthers defeat Pirates
Tostenson and Vaadeland combined for four extra-base hits and six RBI to back Warne's four-hitter as the Panthers opened tournament play with a win over Crookston.
A single by Tostenson and an RBI triple by Vaadeland gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead in the second before doubles by Warne and Tostenson and another triple by Vaadeland made it 3-0 in the fourth.
A five-run fifth inning sealed the win. Singles by Leah Meinert and Carson Christenson set up a two-run single by Alyssa Carlson. Tostenson capped the inning with a three-run home run.
Warne's RBI single scored Carlson with the final run in the seventh.
Tostenson went 3 for 4 with four RBI and Vaadeland went 2 for 3 with two RBI to pace the Panthers' offensive attack. Warne went the distance, allowing the Pirates only one unearned run while striking out 10.
Panthers 10-run Tigers
Warne and Tostenson combined for four hits and seven RBI while Warne and Vaadeland combined on a five-hitter as the Panthers defeated PR-B in the semifinals.
A two-out single by Vaadeland and Tostenson's home run gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead in the first.
Carlson's RBI single and Warne's two-run single sparked another two-out rally in the second as the Panthers led 5-0.
After Tostenson blasted another home run in the third, singles by Carlson and Warne led to two more runs in the fourth for an 8-2 edge.
A triple by Christenson and an RBI single by Bonnie Baumgartner provided a 9-2 lead in the fifth before the Panthers ended the game early via the 10-run rule by scoring three times in the sixth. A two-out single by Vaadeland, an error and walks to Tostenson, Lizzy Vaudrin, Christenson and Shelby Weckwerth ended the game.
Carlson, Warne, Vaadeland, Tostenson and Christenson all had two hits. Warne picked up the win by allowing two runs on three hits in four innings before Vaadeland allowed only two hits and no runs over the final two innings in her varsity pitching debut. Those two combined to strike out 13 Tigers.
LOW repeats in rematch
Lake of the Woods capitalized on two errors to score four times in the first inning en route to the win in the championship game.
The Panthers closed the deficit to 5-3 in the fourth before LOW sealed the win by scoring twice in the fifth and three times in the sixth.
Tostenson had an RBI single during a two-run fourth inning and Amber Sunram had a sacrifice fly to end the scoring in the sixth.
Carlson and Warne had two hits each for the Panthers. Warne took the loss, allowing four earned runs on 11 hits with 10 strikeouts in a complete-game effort.