Amateur Baseball: Sebeka tops Park Rapids with walk-off walk
The Esox fall to 6-10 with a 6-5 loss in the final regular season game.
SEBEKA – A walk-off walk gave Sebeka a 6-5 Lake & Pine League amateur baseball win over the Park Rapids Esox to close out the regular season on Sunday, July 31.
The game was tied at 5-5 entering the bottom of the ninth inning when two singles and a hit batter loaded the bases with one out before a walk drove in the winning run.
Park Rapids took a 1-0 lead in the second when singles by Brendan Kruchowski and DJ Reichling set up an RBI single by Jason Haas.
After the Stingers took a 2-1 lead in the third, Nick Jasmer walked, stole second and scored on Haas’ RBI single to tie the game at 2-2 in the fourth.
Sebeka took a 3-2 lead in the sixth before the Esox claimed a 4-3 lead in the seventh as a single by Zach Hocking and a double by TJ Erickson set up a two-run single by Reichling.
Again the Stingers countered by scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh for a 5-4 lead before walks to Haas and Dawson McGee set up an RBI double by Hocking as Park Rapids tied the game at 5-5 in the eighth.
Sebeka, which edged the Esox 4-1 on July 22, scored the game-winning run in the ninth.
The Esox finished with 11 hits with Hocking (3 for 4), Reichling (2 for 2) and Haas (2 for 2) leading the way. Erickson took the loss in relief after allowing the winning run on three hits and two walks in two innings. Reichling started and gave up five runs on six hits and five walks with six strikeouts in 6 ⅓ innings.
The win lifted Sebeka to 8-2 in league play and 12-3 overall while the Esox fell to 5-5 in Lake & Pine play and 6-10 overall. Park Rapids enters the Region 14C playoffs with a six-game losing streak.