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After dominating the majority of their games this season, the members of the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team showed their character by rallying for a Mid-State Conference doubleheader sweep at Detroit Lakes Tuesday. The Panthers scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally for an 8-6 win in the first game and followed by scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 10-9 victory in the second game and a sweep in this battle of state-ranked teams.
Wolf Lake took advantage of four errors and 10 walks to spoil the home opener for the Park Rapids Esox amateur baseball team with a 12-1 Lake and Pine League victory Sunday afternoon. Four walks and an RBI single by Jacob Marcus gave Wolf Lake a 3-0 lead in the first inning before Riley Massie walked and scored on Cory Odland’s grounder in the bottom of that inning.
Al Pietila picked up a pair of pitching victories as the Menahga baseball team split four games last week. Pietila gave up two runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts over seven innings and went 3 for 4 with three runs as the Braves defeated Sebeka in a Park Region Conference game on May 2.
A pair of four-run innings sparked Detroit Lakes to a Mid-State Conference sweep over the Park Rapids baseball team Tuesday at Park Rapids. Detroit Lakes scored four runs in the third inning in a 7-4 win in the first game and scored four times in the fourth inning in an 8-2 win in the second game. In the first game, Chase Brand walked and scored in the first inning, Sam Eystad scored in the fourth inning, and RBI singles by Jack Herman and Eystad led to two runs in the sixth inning for the Panthers.
Entering Thursday’s game against Thief River Falls, critics weren’t too impressed with the 13-0 record of the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team. In the first 13 games, the Panthers had outscored their opponents by a whopping 213-25 margin, posting five shutouts and ending seven games early via the 10-run rule. Of Park Rapids’ 11 opponents, only three (Pine River-Backus at 9-3, Norman County at 9-4 and Mahnomen/Waubun at 7-3) had winning records while the other eight teams had combined for a 14-78 mark.
Detroit Lakes’ Isaac Cihak carded a 1-under par 71 to earn medalist honors while Crookston topped the 16-team field with a 301 at Friday’s Park Rapids Invitational boys golf tournament at Headwaters Golf Club. Park Rapids and United North Central tied for 12th place with 344s while Nevis was 16th with a 427.
Clutch hitting gave the Park Rapids baseball team a 6-5 win in the first game of a Mid-State Conference doubleheader against Pequot Lakes Thursday. The combination of a lack of hitting and allowing 15 free passes cost the Panthers as Pequot Lakes earned a split with an 11-1 five-inning victory in the second game. In the opener, the Panthers used a 10-hit attack and a three-run fifth inning to spark the win.
Bobby Bruce won a tiebreaker at No. 1 singles for the lone win as the Park Rapids boys tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision to Detroit Lakes Thursday at the Depot Courts. Detroit Lakes, which defeated the Panthers 6-1 a week ago, won the other six matches in straight sets. The Panthers are now 0-7 in dual meets. Detroit Lakes 6, Park Rapids 1 No. 1 singles: Bobby Bruce, PR, over Jon Richards 6-2, 1-6, 10-5.
Kate Smith carded a 2-under par 70 in leading Detroit Lakes to the team title with a 329 at Thursday’s Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational girls golf tournament at Whitetail Run Golf Course. Park Rapids finished sixth in the 12-team field with a 402 as Drew Hilmanowski led the way with a 92. Mariena Dearstyne’s 101, Alyza Edevold’s 102 and Olivia Wallace’s 107 rounded out the Panthers’ team score.
The Nevis baseball team had a four-game winning streak snapped last week. Nevis prevailed in a pair of Northland Conference games, defeating Cass Lake 17-5 last Monday and Red Lake 17-5 last Tuesday in two home games that were ended after five innings because of the 10-run rule. That winning streak was snapped with a 2-0 loss to Pine River-Backus Thursday in another conference game before the Tigers ended the week with a 7-5 conference win at Blackduck Friday.