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The Park Rapids 18U fastpitch softball team took advantage of 17 errors to sweep a doubleheader from Pequot Lakes last Wednesday night. In the first game, eight Pequot Lakes errors led Park Rapids to a 9-4 win. Park Rapids capitalized on nine errors, including six during an 11-run fifth inning, to complete the sweep with a 16-1 win in the second game. In the opener, Pequot Lakes took a 2-0 lead in the first inning before Natalie Kinkel walked, stole second and scored on an error to make it 2-1 in the bottom of that inning.
Despite drawing fewer participants, Monday's 38th annual Firecracker Footrace was another success. The 5K race drew a record 780 runners and walkers last season. That followed record numbers of 716 in 2013 and 757 in 2014. This year's race drew 556 runners and walkers for this fundraiser for the Park Rapids cross-country and track and field teams.
Connor Byer threw a six-hit complete game in leading the Park Rapids American Legion baseball team to a 3-1 win over Staples-Motley last Wednesday night. Austin Jerger singled and scored on Sam Eystad's RBI single as Park Rapids tied the game at 1-1 in the first inning before Zach Hocking doubled and scored on Byer's RBI single in the second inning. Jason Haas was hit by a pitch and scored on Keith McDaniel's RBI double to conclude the scoring in the third. Byer struck out eight over seven innings as Park Rapids picked up its first win of the season.
Park Rapids' Ashton Clark and Cody Dravis wrestled on Minnesota teams that captured national titles. Clark wrestled at 106 pounds for Minnesota Blue that won the Junior National Greco-Roman Duals June 22-23 at Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dravis wrestled at 160 pounds in helping Minnesota Storm win the Cadet Greco-Roman National Duals June 15-16 at York, Pennsylvania.
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.