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Esox remain undefeated in league play

Home runs by David Dirks and Jed Ryan and a three-hit complete game by TJ Erickson sparked the Park Rapids Esox amateur baseball team to a 7-4 Lake and Pine League win at Sebeka on June 3.

The Esox jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and extended the lead to 7-0 by scoring once in the third and twice in the fourth. Sebeka scored four times in the bottom of the inning to conclude the scoring.

Erickson walked three and struck out 10 in nine innings as Park Rapids improved to 4-0 in league play. Ryan went 2 for 4 with three RBI and a run scored while Erickson went 2 for 4 with a run scored to pace Park Rapids’ 10-hit attack. Riley Massie (1 for 5, one run), Nick Jasmer (1 for 4, one run), Dirks (1 for 4, two runs, two RBI), Kevin Kuhn (1 for 3), Dan Pike (1 for 5) and Dylan Weaver (1 for 3) also contributed a hit while Dave Mortensen scored the other run as Park Rapids improved to 5-1 overall.

The Esox overcame a 6-0 deficit for a 10-6 win at Dent on June 1.

Park Rapids scored two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings before completing the comeback with a six-run eighth.

Erickson (3 for 5, two runs, two RBI), Mortensen (1 for 3, four RBI), Jasmer (2 for 5, two runs, two RBI), Austin Becker (1 for 5, two RBI), Jack Naugle (2 for 5, one run), Dirks (2 for 4, two runs), Pike (2 for 4, one run) and Kuhn (one run) led a 14-hit attack for the Esox.

Becker picked up the win in relief, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out three in four scoreless innings. Naugle started and gave up six runs on three hits and five walks in five innings of work.

Park Rapids travels to Verndale on Saturday (June 9) and will host Wolf Lake Sunday afternoon (June 10) at 1:30 in two more league games.

Midway wins three

Midway won three games at Staples last weekend, defeating the Lumberbats 4-0 in a Lake and Pine League game on June 2 before defeating the Moorhead Miners 5-2 on June 2 and the Crookston Reds 3-1 on June 3 to win the title at the Staples tournament.

The Snurdbirds scored once in the first and three times in the second in shutting out Staples.

Preston Riewer went 2 for 4 with a run and two RBI and earned the save by pitching a scoreless seventh. Jake Lund (2 for 2 with an RBI), Brett Dormanen (2 for 4), Ray Mueller (2 for 3, one run), Drew Rasmussen (1 for 4) and Mike Baso (1 for 4) led a 10-hit attack while Zach Etter scored two runs.

Stetson Burkman started and earned the win, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out three in four innings. Dormanen gave up one hit in two innings of relief while Riewer picked up the save by pitching the seventh as the Snurdbirds improved to 3-1 in league play.

Etter and Lund combined on a five-hitter and Riewer led a 12-hit offensive attack by going 3 for 4 with two runs and an RBI in leading Midway past Moorhead.

Chris Baso (2 for 4, two RBI), Lund (1 for 4, one run), Rasmussen (2 for 3), Mike Baso (2 for 3, one RBI), Dormanen (1 for 3) and Burkman (1 for 2, one run) led the way as Midway scored three times in the sixth inning to break open a 2-2 tie. Etter scored the other run and picked up the win, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out two. Lund pitched a perfect seventh inning for the save.

Lund, Rasmussen and Dormanen drove in runs during a three-run first inning to support a combined one-hitter by Cory Odland and Dormanen that led Midway past Crookston in the championship game.

Riewer (2 for 4, one run), Dormanen (2 for 3), Etter (1 for 4), Lund (1 for 3, one run), Rasmussen (1 for 3) and Odland (1 for 3) led Midway’s eight-hit attack. Chris Baso scored the other run.

Odland started and picked up the win with one unearned run on four walks and six strikeouts in 4 ⅔ innings. Dormanen allowed one hit and struck out three in 2 ⅓ innings for the save as Midway improved to 6-1 on the season.

Midway will host Verndale Sunday afternoon (June 10) at 1:30 in another league game.