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D-G-F defeats Panthers in Section 8AA battle

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton rallied from a 5-3 deficit by scoring five runs in both the fifth and sixth innings for a 15-5 six-inning victory over the Park Rapids baseball team Tuesday at Glyndon.

Park Rapids took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Tristin Persons walked, stole second and scored on Brendan Kruchowski's RBI single.

The Rebels countered with three runs in the bottom of the inning as Andrew Oberg's solo home run and Ryan Castor's two-run single produced a 3-1 lead.

In the third, a single by Jason Haas, a two-run homer by Austin Jerger, walks to Kruchowski, Zach Severtson and Gabe Bagstad, an error, and Zach Hocking's RBI single gave Park Rapids a 5-3 advantage.

D-G-F scored single runs in the bottom of the third and fourth innings to tie the game at 5-5 before using Carter Kohler's two-run double and RBI singles by Nathan Leitner, Castor and Adam Weatherly to claim an 10-5 lead in the fifth. Taylor Irwin's solo homer was followed by four walks and a hit batter to lead off the sixth. RBI singles by Ethan Giesinger and Irwin ended this game early because of the 10-run rule.

Hocking's single with one out in the sixth accounted for the Panthers' other hit. Will Pickar started and lasted ⅓ of an inning. Bagstad pitched 3 ⅔ innings before Kruchowski and Severtson finished up. Those four combined to give up 15 runs on 18 hits with seven walks and four hit batters. Bagstad struck out five batters, Kruchowski struck out two and Severtson struck out two with Kruchowski taking the loss.

The loss dropped the Panthers to 3-2 against Section 8AA opponents and 4-4 overall. D-G-F improved to 9-0 against section teams and 12-0 overall. Those two teams join East Grand Forks (11-2) as the top teams in the North half of the section. Topping the South half are Pequot Lakes (11-1), Perham (12-2) and Wadena-Deer Creek (14-2).

Park Rapids 104 000--5 5 1

D-G-F 301 155--15 18 2

Park Rapids batting: Persons (0-3, 1r), Haas (1-4, 1r), Karger (0-3), Jerger (1-2, 1r, 2rbi), Kruchowski (1-2, 1r, 1rbi), Severtson (0-2, 1r), David (0-3), Hocking (2-2, 2rbi). Park Rapids pitching: Pickar (.1ip, 3r, 4h, 1bb, 1hbp), Bagstad (3.2ip, 2r, 4h, 1bb, 1hbp, 5k), Kruchowski (1ip, 9r, 7h, 2hbp, 3bb, 2k), Severtson (.2ip, 1r, 3h, 2bb, 2k).