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McCollum, Goplerud allow two hits as Panthers split games with Perham

Park Rapids second baseman John Wiederin threw out a runner during the second game of a Mid-State Conference doubleheader against Perham Thursday.

     Tyler McCollum and Kyle Goplerud combined on a two-hitter as the Park Rapids baseball team split a Mid-State Conference doubleheader with Perham Thursday.

     McCollum allowed two hits over six innings for the win and Goplerud retired all three batters he faced for the save as the Panthers won the opener 4-1.

     Perham combined 11 hits with four Park Rapids errors to win the second game 15-9.

     In the first game, the Panthers scored a run in the first on a double by Kyle Goplerud and a single by Chris Goplerud and added another run in the third when Zach Eystad singled and scored on Kyle Goplerud’s grounder. Consecutive singles by Chris Goplerud, Rilee Johnson, Brad Eischens and John Wiederin produced the final two runs in the sixth.

     Chris Goplerud and Wiederin both went 2 for 3 to lead Park Rapids’ 10-hit attack.

     Perham scored three times in the second, four times in the third and five times in the sixth to salvage the split.

     Eystad singled and scored on Drew Bade’s sacrifice fly in the first, Kyle Goplerud doubled and scored on Bade’s single in the third, and singles by Eystad, Andy Waller and Bade and a sacrifice fly by Chris Goplerud led to two runs in the fifth.

     After three errors led to three runs in the sixth, the Panthers scored twice in the seventh on singles by Jordan McCollum, Eischens and Wiederin and a two-run single by David Dirks.

     Eystad and Bade had two hits each to lead the Panthers’ 12-hit attack. Five different pitchers allowed 11 hits and 10 walks as the Panthers fell to 6-2 in the conference and 8-2 overall. Perham improved to 3-3 in Mid-State play and 4-3 overall.