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Park Rapids will host the District 6 Division II American Legion baseball tournament beginning Thursday with eight teams participating. First-round games Thursday pit Park Rapids against Sauk Centre and Menahga/Sebeka against Paynesville at 10 a.m. The winners and losers of those two games play again at 12:30. At 3 p.m., Pierz plays Melrose and Walker plays Albany. The winners and losers of those games play again at 5:30 to conclude the first day.
Nimrod limited the Park Rapids Esox to a pair of singles by Riley Massie and Zach Eystad in a 7-0 Lake and Pine League amateur baseball victory Sunday afternoon at Park Rapids. Jed Ryan started and took the loss by allowing five runs on seven hits and five walks over the first 5 1/3 innings. Cory Gartner finished up, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings. Those two combined for five strikeouts and five earned runs.
Jeff Anderson saw improvement from the Park Rapids boys golf team in his first season as head coach. Even though the Panthers didn't meet Anderson's goal of breaking 320 as a team, they did end the season on a high note by carding their best score of the season and qualifying three individuals for the Section 8AA tournament.
Wolf Lake scored six times in the middle innings to defeat the Park Rapids Esox 7-5 in a Lake and Pine League amateur baseball game Sunday afternoon at Wolf Lake. Park Rapids took a 3-0 lead by scoring once in the second and twice in the third. Dave Mortensen walked and scored on Dan Pike's RBI single in the first while a bunt single by Riley Massie, a single by Cody Schirmers, a throwing error and a grounder by Derek Parks led to two runs in the third.
Sebeka rallied from a 7-0 deficit in the fourth inning, a 9-6 deficit in the seventh inning and a 10-9 deficit in the 10th inning to defeat Park Rapids 11-10 in the first round of the American Legion subdistrict baseball playoffs Wednesday at Park Rapids. Park Rapids jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Austin Jerger walked, Adam Thompson was hit by a pitch and Chase Brand singled to load the bases. A sacrifice fly by Jordan McCollum and an RBI single by Sam Eystad gave Park Rapids the lead.
Six pitchers combined to give up seven hits as the Midway Snurdbirds remained undefeated in Lake and Pine League amateur baseball action with a pair of wins last weekend. Pete Marjamaa and Jake Lund combined on a four-hitter in leading Midway to a 4-1 win over Wolf Lake last Friday night at Menahga. Bobby Lusti, Zach Etter, Stetson Burkman and Drew Rasmussen combined on a three-hitter as the Snurdbirds improved to 11-0 in the league with a 6-0 win over Huntersville Sunday afternoon at Menahga.
Carding seven rounds under 400, repeating as Northern Pines Conference champs and qualifying for the Section 8AA tournament highlighted a successful season for the Park Rapids girls golf team.
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.