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Panthers split doubleheader with Wolverines

Park Rapids shortstop Tucker Coborn prepared to tag out Wadena-Deer Creek's Kenny Sakry on a stolen base attempt during Tuesday's doubleheader.

A nine-run second inning in the second game gave the Park Rapids baseball team a split in a Mid-State Conference doubleheader with Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday at the Area High School field.

W-DC jumped out to a 5-0 lead en route to an 8-5 victory in the first game before the Panthers took control early in the second game for an 11-1 five-inning victory and a split.

In the first game, Danny Pike went 3 for 3 and scored two runs and Cory Odland went 2 for 4 to pace the Panthers' 11-hit attack.

Cody Redfield's three-run homer in the first helped stake W-DC to a 5-0 lead before Park Rapids scored twice in the second on singles by Pike and Odland and a two-run single by Paul Dirks.

Odland's two-run double scored Dan Ricke and Pike in the third as the Panthers trailed 7-4.

After a solo homer by Ryan Nelson gave W-DC an 8-4 edge, the Panthers scored their final run in the seventh when Ricke singled and scored on Pike's RBI single.

Kevin McMorrow took the loss, allowing seven earned runs on 10 hits and two walks. McMorrow struck out seven.

The Panthers rebounded to win the second game via the 10-run rule.

After W-DC scored an unearned run in the first, the Panthers sent 14 batters to the plate in the second inning to claim a 9-1 lead.

Singles by Ricke and Jack Mercado set up a three-run homer by Odland. Singles by Sam Coborn, Tucker Coborn, McMorrow, Ricke, Pike and Odland capped off the inning.

The Panthers ended the game in the fifth on singles by Sam Coborn, McMorrow and Ricke.

Ricke went 4 for 4 with two runs and three RBI, Sam Coborn went 3 for 3 with two runs, Odland went 3 for 3 with four RBI, and McMorrow went 2 for 4 with two RBI to lead the Panthers' 17-hit attack. Tucker Coborn picked up the win, allowing three hits while striking out seven in a complete-game effort.

The split left the Panthers with a 1-3 record in the conference and 3-4 overall mark. W-DC is now 1-1 in the conference and 3-3 overall.