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Lakers sweep Mid-State pair from Panthers

Detroit Lakes jumped out to early leads in both games to sweep a Mid-State Conference baseball doubleheader from Park Rapids Thursday at Detroit Lakes' Washington Ballpark.

The Lakers scored three times in the second and twice in the third en route to a 6-1 win in the opener.

In the second game, a five-run third inning led to an 8-1 lead as Detroit Lakes completed the sweep with a 9-4 victory.

Jordan Manning allowed only four singles through six shutout innings as the Lakers won the first game.

The Panthers scored their lone run in the seventh on consecutive singles by Nick Belfiori, Sam Coborn and Tucker Coborn.

Singles by Sam Coborn in the first and fifth, Tucker Coborn in the third and Dan Pike in the sixth were the other hits for the Panthers.

The Lakers used three Park Rapids errors to score their six runs.

Sam Coborn went 3 for 4 and Tucker Coborn went 2 for 3 to pace Park Rapids' seven-hit attack. Dan Ricke took the loss, allowing six runs on 10 hits in a complete-game effort.

T.J. Manning's two-run homer in the first and RBI double in the third sparked the Lakers to the win in the second game and the sweep.

The Panthers scored a run in the second when Cory Odland walked and scored on a passed ball.

In the fourth, a walk to Odland, a single by Pike, walks to Ricke and Paul Dirks, and Sam Coborn's two-run single accounted for the Panthers' other three runs.

Sam Coborn went 2 for 4 to lead the Panthers, who were held to only five hits. Kevin McMorrow started and took the loss, allowing eight runs on five hits. Pike and Odland finished up.

The two losses dropped the Panthers to 2-6 in the conference and 4-7 overall. Detroit Lakes improved to 7-3 on the season.