While the extra-base hits at the plate continued for the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team, errors in the field returned and resulted in extra at bats that propelled Pequot Lakes to a Mid-State Conference doubleheader sweep on Monday, May 3.

Pequot Lakes capitalized on seven errors to score five unearned runs in an 8-4 win in the opener before eight more errors helped the Patriots complete the sweep with a 17-3 win in six innings in the second game.

Ellie Ulvin scored on Natalie Harvey’s bunt as the Panthers tied the opener at 1-1 in the second inning. Five errors gave Pequot Lakes an 8-1 lead in the third before the Panthers concluded the scoring with single runs in three of the final four innings. Shailyn Pachel singled and scored on a wild pitch in the fourth and followed with a solo home run in the sixth. Abby Morris doubled and scored on an error in the seventh.

Pachel went 2 for 2 to pace Park Rapids’ seven-hit attack. Chloe Tretbar took the loss, allowing three earned runs on eight hits and six walks with six strikeouts in six innings.

In the second game, Morgan Eckes’ three-run homer in the first set the tone as the Patriots belted out 18 hits while scoring five times in the second and eight times in the sixth.

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Tori Weaver walked and scored on Tretbar’s two-run homer in the first and Morris blasted a solo homer in the third to account for Park Rapids’ three runs. Morris and Weaver both went 2 for 3 as the Panthers were held to six hits. Allison Offerdahl started and took the loss by allowing 13 runs (six earned) on 14 hits and four walks over 5 ⅓ innings.

Pequot Lakes improved to 6-0 in conference play and 9-4 overall while the Panthers fell to 4-4 in Mid-State games and 4-5 overall.

(Game 1)
Park Rapids 010 101 1...4 7 7
Pequot Lakes 107 000 x...8 8 4
W-Eckes. L-Tretbar, 2-2.
Park Rapids hitting: Clark (0-3), Morris (1-1, 1r), Weaver (1-4), Ulvin (0-3, 1r), Pachel (2-2, 2r, 1rbi), Offerdahl (0-4), Harvey (1-2, 1rbi), Bera (0-3). 2B: Weaver 1, Morris 1, Tretbar 1. HR: Pachel 1. SB: Bera 1, Harvey 1 Ulvin 1, Pachel 1, Morris 1).
Park Rapids pitching: Tretbar (6ip, 8h, 8r, 3er, 6bb, 6k).
(Game 2)
Pequot Lakes 350 018...17 18 1
Park Rapids 201 000...3 6 8
W-Geschiall. L-Offerdahl, 2-3.
Park Rapids hitting: Clark (0-3), Morris (2-3, 1r, 1rbi), Weaver (2-3, 1r), Tretbar (1-3, 1r, 1rbi), Pachel (0-3), Ulvin (1-3), Offerdahl (0-3), Harvey (0-1), Berndt (0-1), Girtz (0-1), Herman (0-1). 2B: Weaver 1. HR: Morris 1, Tretbar 1. SB: Ulvin 1, Morris 1.
Park Rapids pitching: Offerdahl (5.1ip, 14h, 13r, 6er, 4bb, 2k), Tretbar (.2ip, 4h, 4r, 3er, 2bb, 1k).