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A four-run eighth inning broke a 5-5 tie with Nimrod and locked up the Lake and Pine League regular-season amateur baseball title for the Midway Snurdbirds Sunday afternoon at Midway. Home runs by Zach Etter, Robert Weaver and Bobby Lusti sparked Midway's 9-5 victory as the Snurdbirds ended league play with a 13-1 record. Midway enters the Region 14C tournament with a 16-4 overall record and the Lake and Pine's No. 1 seed.
Park Rapids and Sebeka were eliminated from the District 6 American Legion baseball tournament at Park Rapids. Park Rapids opened with a 5-1 loss to Sauk Centre and was eliminated with a 4-2 loss to Paynesville during Thursday's opening rounds. Sebeka opened with a 7-0 win over Paynesville as Al Pietila went the distance and went 4 for 4 at the plate before Sebeka was thrown into the losers' bracket with a 9-6 loss to Sauk Centre Thursday.
It was a year of near misses for the Park Rapids boys track and field team. The Panthers finished third at the Section 8A True Team meet after winning that title in 2015, saw their five-year run as Subsection 8-29A champions end with a runner-up finish, and failed to send anyone to the state Class A meet for the first time since 2010. Even though the Panthers failed to reach their main goals, head coach Andrew Lachowitzer was pleased with how the season went.
The Park Rapids 18U JO volleyball team concluded the summer schedule by taking runner-up honors at Monday's Park Rapids Summer League Tournament at the Century School gym. This marked the first year that Park Rapids has hosted a summer volleyball league. Eight teams competed in the tournament with Bemidji Blue, the No. 1 seed, defeating Park Rapids, the No. 2 seed, 25-18, 16-25, 15-8 in the title match. Park Rapids opened with a 25-19, 25-15 win over No. 7 Walker-Hackensack-Akeley before defeating No. 3 Sebeka in three sets in the semifinals.
It took a near no-hitter to hand Midway its first loss in Lake and Pine League amateur baseball play this summer. Jalen Busker's two-hit, 12-strikeout effort led Staples to a 2-1 win in the first game of a doubleheader last Sunday afternoon at Menahga. Midway rebounded with a 10-3 win in the second game to improve to 12-1 in league games. In the opener, Busker kept the Snurdbirds scoreless until Zach Etter's solo home run in the eighth inning ended the scoring. Chris Baso's single was the only other hit for Midway.
Park Rapids' Dana Husby missed the cut after 36 holes of play at the 113th MGA Amateur Championship at North Oaks Golf Club. The Headwaters Golf Club member opened Monday's play with an 81 and followed with an 82 during Tuesday's round for a two-day total of 163 on the par-71 course. Husby carded three birdies, 14 pars, 15 bogeys, three double-bogeys and one triple-bogey over the two days to finish in 148th place. The cut for Wednesday's final round was a 149. A total of 156 golfers qualified for the tournament.
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.