The Park Rapids Senior Babe Ruth baseball team needed Derek Lindow’s three-hit shutout to salvage a split with Wadena-Deer Creek at the Area High School field on Monday, July 20.
After W-DC won the opener 6-4, Lindow threw a gem to give Park Rapids a 1-0 victory and the split.
Lindow pitched out of trouble in three innings in shutting out W-DC. An error and a single by Peyton Rondesvedt put runners on second and third with one out in the second inning, but Lindow retired the next two batters. In the fourth, Justin Dykhoff walked and Colby Schertler singled and stole second with no outs. After a strikeout, Rondesvedt attempted a suicide-squeeze bunt, but was called out when the ball hit his bat twice. Dykhoff was then picked off third to end that threat. In the fifth, Wyatt Haman singled and stole second with two outs, but Lindow ended this five-inning game by recording his ninth strikeout.
Park Rapids scored the only run of the game in the first inning when Isaiah Olson and Brody Hagen led off with singles. Both stole bases to put runners on second and third. After Olson was thrown out at home on a grounder by Ethan Eischens, a throwing error on Josh Crandall’s grounder scored Hagen with what proved to be the winning run. Cole Ackerman followed with a two-out walk to load the bases, but Park Rapids left the bases full.
Park Rapids managed only three other baserunners when Olson was hit by a pitch with two outs in the second, Eischens led off the third with a walk and Collin Hoyt walked with one out in the fourth.
Zac Shaw and Wyatt Haman also pitched well for W-DC. Each pitched two innings, combining to give up two hits and three walks while striking out two.
Dykhoff powered W-DC to the win in the opener as his two-run single during a three-run first inning, two-run home run in the second and RBI grounder in the fourth produced a 6-1 lead.
Park Rapids, which managed only Ty Karger’s solo homer in the first, mounted a late rally when Karger doubled and scored on an error in the fourth before a throwing error enabled Ackerman (who singled) and Karger (who was hit by a pitch) to score with two outs in the sixth.
Cain Mitchell singled to open the seventh, but was left stranded on third as Dykhoff struck out the side to preserve the win.
Hunter Carnell’s two-out infield single in the second provided Park Rapids’ other hit. Karger went 2 for 2 and scored three times to pace Park Rapids’ five-hit attack. The split left Park Rapids with a 2-4 record.
Jens Anderson started and allowed five runs on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts over the first two innings before Shep Davis finished up, giving up one run on one hit and two walks with three strikeouts over the final five frames.
Lleyton Pettit earned the win, allowing four runs on four hits while striking out four. Dykhoff picked up the save.