Roseau jumped out to early leads and held on to sweep an amateur baseball doubleheader from the Park Rapids Esox on Saturday, July 11.

The Royals jumped out to an 8-1 lead in an 8-3 victory in the opener before using a six-run second inning and a five-run sixth inning to spark an 11-9 win in the second game to complete the sweep at Park Rapids.

In the first game, the Esox stranded 11 runners on base while two clutch extra-base hits powered Roseau to the win.

After Tanner Landman’s RBI single gave Roseau a 1-0 lead in the first, the Esox countered in the bottom of the inning to tie the game when Nick Jasmer walked, advanced to third on an error and a walk to Ty Karger, and scored on Brendan Kruchowski’s sacrifice fly.

Nathan Voll’s two-run double and another RBI single by Landman gave the Royals a 4-1 lead in the third before Jasmer singled and scored on Kruchowski’s RBI single in the bottom of the inning to make it 4-2.

An RBI single by Jared Nelson was followed by a three-run home run by Tanner Shepard as Roseau claimed an 8-2 lead in the fourth.

Park Rapids concluded the scoring in the fifth on singles by Karger and Kruchowski and a run-scoring grounder by Ethan Eischens.

Clayton Gallus took the loss, allowing eight runs on seven hits and three walks with six strikeouts over seven innings in a complete-game outing. Kruchowski went 2 for 3 to pace the Esox’s seven-hit attack. Singles by Jed Ryan in the second, Riley Massie in the sixth and Eischens in the seventh accounted for Park Rapids’ other hits.

The Esox jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second game before Roseau used two big innings to claim the sweep.

A single by Gallus and a walk to Jasmer set up a two-out, two-run double by Kruchowski as Park Rapids took the early lead.

Roseau sent 11 batters to the plate in the second as an error, Nelson’s two-run single and Shepard’s RBI double gave the Royals a 6-2 advantage.

Park Rapids rallied to take a 7-6 lead by scoring once in the second and four times in the fifth.

Charlie Hodge led off the bottom of the second with a single and scored on Eischens’ RBI single before a four-run fifth put the Esox in front. With two outs, Karger walked, Kruchowski singled and Massie walked to load the bases. After Hodge’s two-run single, John Massie was hit by a pitch to reload the bases. An error and Gallus’ RBI single capped off the inning.

Roseau responded by scoring five times in the sixth as Nelson’s RBI double and Grant Helgeland’s two-run double gave the Royals an 11-7 lead.

After stranding two runners on base in the sixth, the Esox mounted a rally in the bottom of the seventh when Eischens singled, Gallus reached on an error and Jasmer singled to load the bases with one out. Zach Hocking’s two-run single made it 11-9 before Helgeland retired the final two batters to preserve the win.

Gallus (3 for 5, two runs), Kruchowski (2 for 2, one run), Hodge (2 for 4, two runs) and Eischens (2 for 4, one run) led Park Rapids’ 11-hit attack. Kevin Murphy started and took the loss, allowing nine runs on 12 hits and three walks with two strikeouts over 5.2 innings. Hodge finished up, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings of work in relief. The Esox stranded 10 runners on base in that game.

The win lifted Roseau’s record to 6-0.

Esox shut out

Sebeka took advantage of 10 hits and four Park Rapids errors for a 7-0 Lake & Pine League victory over the Esox at Sebeka on Sunday, July 12.

The Stingers scored five runs in the second and added two more runs in the fifth to spark the win.

Cody Schirmers went 4 for 4 and Jasmer went 3 for 4 to lead Park Rapids’ offense. TJ Erickson had the other hit as the Esox were shut out for the first time this season.

Erickson took the loss by allowing seven runs on nine hits and five walks while striking out eight in six innings. Karger pitched the final two innings, giving up one hit and two walks with five strikeouts as the Esox fell to 1-2 in league play and 1-5 overall.

Park Rapids travels to Nimrod on Saturday (July 18) for another league game and will host Wadena-Deer Creek on Sunday (July 19) for a 1:30 p.m. start.