Derek Lindow’s six-hit complete game and Josh Crandall’s clutch two-run single helped the Park Rapids Senior Babe Ruth baseball team end the season with a win.
After New York Mills coasted to a 16-0 five-inning win in the first game, Park Rapids responded to earn the split with a 3-1 five-inning victory in the second game at the Park Rapids Area High School field on Wednesday, July 29.
In the opener, Park Rapids was limited to only three hits as New York Mills ended this scheduled seven-inning game early via the 10-run rule.
Ty Karger singled in the first while Crandall and Shep Davis had singles in the third to account for Park Rapids’ only hits. A double play ended Park Rapids’ threat in the third inning. Isaiah Olson reached on an error in the first, Harley Wellman and Hunter Carnell walked in the second, Brody Hagen walked in the fourth, and Cole Ackerman walked in the fifth as Park Rapids was limited to only eight baserunners in the game.
New York Mills scored once in the first, twice in the second, eight times in the third, four times in the fourth and once in the fifth. New York Mills finished with 12 hits and drew 11 walks while capitalizing on four Park Rapids errors.
Karger started and took the loss, giving up 11 runs on five hits and five walks while striking out four in 2.2 innings. Davis gave up four runs on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings while Carnell pitched the fifth, allowing one run on two hits and three walks with one strikeout.
Lindow pitched out of trouble in all five innings, stranding runners on second five times in recording the win in the nightcap.
New York Mills scored an unearned run in the first, but Lindow left two runners on base. The Nevis lefthander also left two runners stranded in the next three innings and a runner on second in the fifth. Lindow walked three and finished with 11 strikeouts, striking out the side in the first and third innings while ending all five innings with a strikeout.
Park Rapids also missed out on scoring opportunities in the first two innings.
In the first, Park Rapids left runners on the corner when Olson walked and Davis singled. Park Rapids couldn’t score in the second despite lead-off walks to Cain Mitchell and Dan Mistic.
In the third, Park Rapids capitalized on three free passes to score the winning runs. Cole Ackerman walked and Olson was hit by a pitch to start the inning. After Karger was hit by a pitch to load the bases, a wild pitch enabled Ackerman to score the tying run. Crandall’s game-winning single plated Olson and Karger.
Hagen singled in the fourth to account for the other hit as Park Rapids finished the season with a 4-8 record.