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Six-run sixth inning helps Panthers split with Perham

Dan Ricke had to dive back to first base on a pick-off attempt during Park Rapids' Mid-State Conference doubleheader with Perham Tuesday.1 / 3
Nick Belfiori touched first base before being tagged out on a pick-off play during Tuesday's Mid-State Conference doubleheader with Perham.2 / 3
Sam Coborn made a running catch in center field during Park Rapids' 10-9 win over Perham in the first game of a Mid-State Conference doubleheader Tuesday.3 / 3

Danny Pike's two-run homer and Tucker Coborn's bases-clearing single in the bottom of the sixth inning gave the Park Rapids baseball team a 10-9 win over Perham in the first game of a Mid-State Conference doubleheader Tuesday at the Area High School field.

Perham responded in the second game to salvage a split by scoring three runs in the fourth and five unearned runs in the fifth for a 10-8 victory.

In the first game, a two-run double by Kevin McMorrow in the first inning tied the game at 2-2 before a two-run single by Tucker Coborn tied the game at 4-4 in the second.

Perham led 6-4 entering the bottom of the sixth when the Panthers rallied for six runs. Pike's two-run homer tied the game at 6-6 before a double by Levi Erickson, a single by Paul Dirks and a walk to Sam Coborn loaded the bases with no outs. Tucker Coborn cleared the bases with a single to right, which was misplayed for an error. Dan Ricke's grounder to second gave the Panthers a 10-6 lead.

Perham mounted a rally in the ninth, but left the potential two winning runs on base.

Tucker Coborn went 3 for 4 with two runs and four RBI, Dirks went 2 for 3 with three runs, McMorrow went 2 for 3 with two RBI and Erickson went 2 for 4 with two runs to lead the Panthers, who had 11 hits in the game.

Jack Mercado started and picked up the win, going six-plus innings and allowing nine runs on nine hits and six walks. Tucker Coborn recorded the final three outs for his second save of the season.

In the second game, Perham built a 10-3 lead before holding off a late rally by the Panthers.

A single by Sam Coborn, a double by Tucker Coborn and an error led to a run in the first before a single by Dirks and a run-scoring grounder by Tucker Coborn tied the game at 2-2 in the third.

After Perham scored three times in the fourth, Ricke doubled and scored on Pike's RBI single to make it 5-3.

Perham then took advantage of three errors to claim a 10-3 advantage in the fifth.

Park Rapids rallied for five runs in the bottom of the inning on singles by Dirks, Sam Coborn and Tucker Coborn, a two-run double by McMorrow, and two errors.

The Panthers went down in order in the sixth when the game was called.

Dirks went 2 for 4 with two runs, Sam Coborn went 2 for 4 with two runs and Tucker Coborn went 2 for 4 to lead the Panthers' nine-hit attack.

Erickson took the loss in relief, allowing eight runs on six hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings. Tucker Coborn started and gave up two runs on five hits over the first three innings while Pike finished up, allowing one hit in 1 1/3 innings of relief.

The split left the Panthers with a 2-4 record in the conference and 4-5 overall mark. Perham is 3-1 in the conference and 6-3 overall.