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Panthers end regular season with 8-1 victory over Bagley

Joey Stachowski backed away from an inside pitch during Park Rapids' 8-1 win over Bagley in the regular-season finale on Thursday, May 23. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Gabe Bagstad threw a five-hitter and struck out 14 batters as the Park Rapids baseball team ended the regular season with an 8-1 victory over Bagley at the Area High School field on Thursday, May 23.

The Panthers took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning when Brendan Kruchowski singled and scored and Brody Hagen reached on a fielder's choice and scored.

A five-run fifth inning sealed the win. Bagstad led off with a walk, Tristin Persons singled and Ty Karger lofted a sacrifice fly. Lucas Dickinson reached on a two-out error before singles by Tanner Hensel, Isaiah Olson and Cameron Hoyt gave the Panthers a 7-0 lead.

Bagley used an error to make it 7-1 in the sixth before Karger's double and walks to Joey Stachowski, Hensel and Chaise Persons concluded the scoring in the bottom of that inning.

Kruchowski went 2 for 4 to pace the Panthers' seven-hit attack. Bagstad walked two batters in a complete-game effort as the Panthers improved to 2-7 against Section 8AA opponents and 5-10 overall. Bagley fell to 4-11, including an 0-3 record against section teams.

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