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Two wild pitches allowed Robert Weaver and Bobby Lusti to score in the fourth inning as the Midway Snurdbirds edged Wolf Lake 2-1 in a Lake and Pine League amateur baseball game Sunday afternoon at Wolf Lake. Wolf Lake took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Derek Pihlaja walked and scored on a single by Jake Galbrecht. Jake Lund opened the fourth inning with a single before being forced out at second on a grounder by Weaver. After Lusti doubled, two wild pitches gave the Snurdbirds the lead.
Brooke Jerger's grand-slam home run capped off a 17-4 victory as the Park Rapids JO varsity fastpitch softball team earned a split with Detroit Lakes in the season opener last Wednesday. Jerger went 2 for 4 with three runs and five RBI and gave up four runs on four hits with three strikeouts over four innings for the win. Macky Warne went 3 for 3 (including a double and a triple) with three runs and three RBI while Tara Johanning went 2 for 4 (including a triple) with three runs to lead Park Rapids' offense.
The Park Rapids American Legion baseball team opened the season with losses to Staples-Motley, Walker and Sebeka. In the season opener on June 13, Staples-Motley prevailed 7-3. Zach Hocking had an RBI single in the fourth while singles by Adam Thompson, Jack Herman and Jason Haas led to the other two runs in the fifth. Keith McDaniel went 2 for 3 to lead Park Rapids' eight-hit attack. After Walker shut out the Legion 11-0 on June 17, Sebeka posted a pair of wins on Monday by scores of 14-10 and 7-3.
A 20-hit attack, which included six doubles, sparked the Park Rapids Esox to a 20-4 Lake and Pine League amateur baseball victory over Verndale Sunday at Park Rapids. RBI doubles by Derek Parks and Jed Ryan with two outs gave the Esox a 5-1 lead after the first inning before an RBI double by David Dirks helped push the lead to 9-1 after the second inning. After scoring a run in the third on Parks' RBI single, the Esox sealed the win by scoring seven runs in the fourth and four runs in the sixth.
Park Rapids' clay shooting team finished 24th out of 38 teams at last Saturday's Minnesota State High School League State Clay Target Tournament at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake.
Considering that six players had to take over starting roles for the first time, Mark Waller was happy with the 10-11 overall record of the Park Rapids baseball team this season. A young Park Rapids team opened the season with a 5-0 record before the opposition took advantage of walks and errors as the Panthers finished third in Mid-State Conference play with a 4-4 mark and received the No. 6 seed for the Section 8AA North playoffs. A 6-3 loss to No. 3 Roseau in the tournament opener ended Park Rapids' season at 10-11.
Midway remained undefeated in the Lake and Pine League amateur baseball standings with a 14-4 win over Sebeka Sunday afternoon at Matt Leritz Stadium. After spotting the Stingers a 3-0 lead in the first inning, Midway used a six-run third inning and a four-run seventh inning to take control. The Snurdbirds finished with 18 hits with Drew Rasmussen going 5 for 6 with two runs and three RBI. Zach Etter going 3 for 5 with four runs and two RBI, Cory Odland going 2 for 4 and Frank Moren going 2 for 5 with two runs.
For Mike Baumgartner, a successful season isn't measured strictly by wins. Even though the Park Rapids boys tennis team went 0-13 in dual meets, Baumgartner considered the season a success. "We played a lot of tough teams, but the kids' attitudes stayed strong all season," said Baumgartner. "They played hard and played as best as they could against some tough competition." The Panthers opened the season with 7-0 losses to Grand Rapids and Bemidji before placing eighth at the eight-team Park Rapids Invitational with 6 points. Foley took first with 44 points.
Five Park Rapids runners competed in Saturday’s Grandma’s Marathon at Duluth. Dave Benson completed the 26.2-mile course in 3:49:31, Kerry Johnson ran the course in 4:19:58, Brian Garlie completed the...
A runner-up finish at Thursday’s Minnesota State High School Class 3A Clay Target League Championships at Alexandria qualified Park Rapids for the Minnesota State High School League State Tournament. The...