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Panthers' second game with Lakes suspended by darkness

Park Rapids third baseman David Dirks (3) tagged out Detroit Lakes' Aaron Marsh, who was trying to advance on a passed ball, during Tuesday's Mid-State Conference game.

Detroit Lakes capitalized on seven walks and four errors to defeat Park Rapids 8-2 in the first game of a Mid-State Conference baseball doubleheader Tuesday at the Area High School field.

Park Rapids scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the second game at 4-4 before that game was suspended because of darkness. If that game cannot be concluded at a later date, it will result in a tie.

The Lakers opened the first game by scoring three times in both the first and second innings. Three batters walked and scored in the first while two errors and two walks led to three more runs in the second.

Park Rapids scored a run in the bottom of the first on a single by Drew Bade and a double by Cory Odland.

Detroit Lakes scored two more runs in the sixth for an 8-1 lead before singles by Levi Erickson and Jordan Eischens produced the game's final run in the bottom of that inning.

Sam Coborn went 2 for 4 to pace Park Rapids' eight-hit attack. Odland took the loss, allowing eight runs on six hits and seven walks while striking out nine in 5 1/3 innings. Tyler McCollum struck out three over the final 1 2/3 innings.

In the second game, Detroit Lakes built a 4-2 lead by scoring twice in the first and once in the fourth and sixth innings.

Erickson lined an RBI single in the first and David Dirks singled and scored in the second to account for the Panthers' first two runs.

In the sixth, Park Rapids tied the game on Dirks' two-run single.

The Lakers scored twice in the seventh and the Panthers had runners on second and third with no outs in the bottom of the seventh when the game was called.

Dirks went 2 for 3 and allowed four runs on three hits and six walks over the first six innings.