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Panthers hold off Vikings, split with Lakers

Carson Lee Christenson connected for a hit during Park Rapids' Mid-State Conference doubleheader with Detroit Lakes Friday.

The Park Rapids fastpitch softball team had to hold off a late rally and mount a late rally to win two of three games last week.

Pelican Rapids scored five runs in the final two innings, but it wasn't enough in a 6-5 loss at Park Rapids Thursday.

During Friday's Mid-State Conference doubleheader with Detroit Lakes, the Lakers scored 10 runs in the sixth inning to win the opener 11-2 before Park Rapids gained a split by scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning in a 6-3 victory in the second game.

The Panthers carried a 6-2 conference record and 12-3 overall mark into Monday's conference doubleheader with Staples-Motley. Park Rapids traveled to Pequot Lakes Tuesday for another conference doubleheader and will wrap up the regular season by hosting Sebeka Friday.

Panthers hold off Vikings

The Panthers built a 6-0 lead before holding off a late rally by Pelican Rapids.

A walk to Alyssa Carlson, singles by Carson Lee Christenson and Olivia Vaadeland, and an RBI grounder by Leeza Tostenson led to a run in the first.

Jenny Palm reached on an error, Carlson lined an RBI single, Vaadeland walked, Tostenson lined an RBI double and Brie Warne had an RBI single as the Panthers extended their lead to 4-0 in the third.

A walk to Ashley Domino and a single by Carlson set up a two-run double by Christenson as Park Rapids led 6-0 after four innings.

Pelican Rapids used four hits to score three times in the sixth and scored two more runs in the seventh, but Shelby Weckwerth threw out the tying run at the plate to preserve the win.

Carlson went 3 for 3 while Christenson, Vaadeland, Tostenson and Warne had two hits each to lead Park Rapids' 11-hit attack. Warne picked up the win with a complete-game effort.

Panthers, Lakers split

The Panthers were in position to win the opener until Detroit Lakes capitalized on four errors to score 10 times in the sixth inning.

A single by Vaadeland and an RBI double by Tostenson gave Park Rapids a 1-0 lead in the first before a single by Weckwerth and a run-scoring bunt by Domino made it 2-0 in the second.

The Panthers managed only three more singles the rest of the way as Detroit Lakes rallied for the win.

Christenson, Vaadeland and Tostenson had two hits apiece while Warne took the loss, allowing only three earned runs on nine hits with eight strikeouts.

In the second game, the Lakers scored three times in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead before Park Rapids rallied for the win in the bottom of that inning.

Singles by Vaadeland, Weckwerth and Anna Grimes and an RBI grounder by Warne gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead in the fourth.

Detroit Lakes rallied for a 3-2 lead in the sixth before singles by Palm and Christenson and two-run doubles by Vaadeland and Tostenson produced the winning runs.

Christenson, Vaadeland and Tostenson all had two hits to lead Park Rapids' 10-hit attack. Warne went the distance, allowing three unearned runs on five hits with nine strikeouts.