The Park Rapids Blizzard Babe Ruth baseball team posted a 1-2 record in pool play at the 13U State Tournament at New York Mills on July 15-16.
Park Rapids opened with a 9-4 loss to Fergus Falls on July 15. The Blizzard scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 4-4 before Fergus Falls scored five runs in the seventh inning to secure the win.
On July 16, the Blizzard defeated Breckenridge 9-3 and lost to Waite Park 5-3. Fergus Falls went 3-0 in pool play and Waite Park went 2-1 to advance to the single-elimination portion of the tournament on July 17-18.
Ottertail Central defeated Baxter 16-3 in the championship game. A total of 16 teams qualified for state.
The Blizzard qualified for the state tournament with a runner-up finish at the District 5 tournament with an 8-1 win over New York Mills, a 10-3 win over Perham and a 3-2 loss to Perham in the championship game.
Team members were Cooper Ackerman, Wrigley Clark, Mason Eckberg, Kaden Gartner, Owen Hase, Carter Hirt, Bradyn Hoffman, Alex Holmer, Gabe Hoogakker, Parker Hunter, Andrew Johanning, Brayden Price, Heath Safratowich, Kaden Shepherd and Jackson Soderberg. Travis Hunter and Bernie Gartner served as coaches.