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Panthers' unearned runs give C-I sweep

Crosby-Ironton capitalized on five Park Rapids errors to score 11 unearned runs in sweeping a Mid-State Conference baseball doubleheader Tuesday at Crosby.

Three errors led to six unearned runs as the Rangers won the first game 9-8 and two errors led to five unearned runs as C-I completed the sweep with a 9-8 victory in the second game.

A five-run fourth inning gave the Panthers a 7-5 lead in the first game before the Rangers scored four unearned runs in their final two at bats to rally for the win.

An RBI single by Kevin McMorrow sparked a two-run third before doubles by Dan Ricke and Cory Odland started the five-run fourth. With two outs, Sam Coborn lined a two-run double and Tucker Coborn followed with an RBI single to put the Panthers in front.

After C-I took a 9-7 lead, Ricke lined an RBI single in the seventh before the Panthers left the bases loaded to end that rally.

McMorrow took the loss, allowing nine runs on nine hits. Sam Coborn went 2 for 3 with three runs, Tucker Coborn went 2 for 3 and Ricke went 2 for 4 to pace Park Rapids' nine-hit attack.

In the second game, an RBI double by Pike, RBI singles by Paul Dirks and Sam Coborn, and a double by McMorrow gave the Panthers a 5-1 lead in the second inning.

Two errors led to eight runs in the third as C-I took the lead for good.

RBI singles by Tucker Coborn in the fourth and Levi Erickson in the fifth closed the deficit to 9-8, but C-I prevailed in this game that was called after six innings because of darkness.

Dirks, McMorrow, Odland and Erickson all had two hits to lead the Panthers' 12-hit attack. Pike took the loss, allowing nine runs on four hits and five walks.