Amateur Baseball: Wolf Lake wins pitchers' duel over Park Rapids

The Esox stranded nine runners on base in a 2-1 Lake and Pine League loss.

Brayden Aho slides into third base as the ball eludes Park Rapids' Brendan Kruchowski during a Lake and Pine League amateur baseball game at Wolf Lake on Saturday, July 9, 2022.
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WOLF LAKE – In the first meeting this season, Park Rapids pounded out 17 hits and drew 11 walks in a 22-8 Lake and Pine League victory over Wolf Lake.

Both offenses struggled to score runs in the rematch at Wolf Lake on Saturday, July 9, as the Wolf Pack prevailed 2-1. Both teams combined for 14 hits while each team left nine runners on base.

Park Rapids catcher Sawyer Torkelson prepares to tag out Wolf Lake's Rylan Aho during a Lake and Pine League amateur baseball game on Saturday, July 9, 2022.
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Wolf Lake threatened to score in the first inning when Derek Pihlaja doubled and Rij Koehnen singled to lead off the inning, but both were stranded. The Wolf Pack took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on singles by Brayden Aho, Rylan Aho and Sam Pikula.

The Esox tied it at 1-1 in the fifth when Riley Massie singled, stole second and scored on Dillon McGee’s RBI single.

Tristan Huwe walked, advanced on an error and scored the winning run on Brayden Aho’s RBI single in the bottom of the fifth.


DJ Reichling delivers a pitch during Park Rapids' Lake and Pine League game at Wolf Lake on Saturday, July 9, 2022. Reichling gave up one earned run on seven hits with seven strikeouts in a complete-game effort.
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Park Rapids had scoring threats in the second when Sawyer Torkelson and Brendan Kruchowski singled and in the third when Massie was hit by a pitch and McGee singled. All four were left stranded on base. Kruchowski’s double in the sixth and Massie’s single in the seventh rounded out the Esox’s seven-hit attack.

McGee (2-4), Kruchowski (2-4) and Massie (2-3) led Park Rapids’ offense while DJ Reichling took the loss, allowing one earned run on seven hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over eight innings in a complete-game performance.

Derek Pihlaja delivers a pitch during Wolf Lake's Lake and Pine League game against Park Rapids on Saturday, July 9, 2022. Pihlaja picked up the win in the Wolf Pack's 2-1 victory.
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Derek Pihlaja started and pitched the first five innings to earn the win for the Wolf Pack.

The loss dropped the Esox to 5-2 in Lake and Pine League play and 6-6 overall.

Park Rapids, which had a league game with Sebeka rained out on Sunday (July 10) and tentatively rescheduled for July 22 at Menahga with a 7:30 p.m. start, will host Deer Creek on Sunday, July 17, with a 1:30 p.m. start.

Bluffton tops Esox

BLUFFTON – Bluffton used a pair of three-run innings to defeat the Esox 6-1 on July 1.

Two errors and three hits gave Bluffton a 3-0 lead in the second while two errors and two hits led to the Braves’ other three runs in the fifth. All six runs were unearned.

Park Rapids scored its lone run in the fifth on singles by Matt Johanning, Jason Haas and McGee.


Reichling’s single in the third, Kruchowski’s double in the fourth and Reichling’s single in the seventh rounded out the six hits for the Esox. Reichling went 2 for 3 at the plate and took the loss, allowing six unearned runs on five hits and four walks with three strikeouts over five innings. Kevin Murphy allowed one hit and one walk in the sixth.

Yordan Alvarez's 3-run home run was the difference maker

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