Despite being held to only six hits, the Park Rapids American Legion baseball team managed to split a doubleheader at Staples on Wednesday, June 19.
Josh Kossan retired the final 10 batters as Staples won the opener 11-1 in five innings while Park Rapids salvaged the split with a 7-6 victory in the second game.
In the opener, Post 212 took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on singles by Cameron Hoyt, Ty Karger and Joey Stachowski. Ethan Eischens followed with a walk, but Park Rapids left the bases loaded.
Brody Hagen walked with two outs in the second inning to account for Park Rapids' only other baserunner as Kossan struck out seven of the next 10 batters.
Staples scored twice in the first, once in the third and five times in the fourth off Park Rapids starter Isaiah Olson. Hoyt allowed three runs in the fifth as this game ended via the 10-run rule. Olson allowed eight runs on five hits, eight walks and three hit batters in 3 ⅔ innings while Hoyt gave up three runs on two hits and a walk after taking over in the fourth.
In the second game, Post 212 jumped out to a 7-2 lead before holding on for the win.
A single by Hagen and a double by Stachowski gave Park Rapids a 1-0 lead in the first before walks to Olson and Chaise Persons, a double steal, and a single by Hagen made it 3-0 in the second.
Cole Ackerman scored to give Park Rapids a 4-1 lead in the third before Post 212 scored three runs without the benefit of a hit for a 7-2 lead in the fourth. Collin Hoyt, Cameron Hoyt, Stachowski and Eischens walked while Karger and Ackerman were hit by pitches in that inning.
Staples mounted a late rally by scoring twice in the fourth and twice in the fifth, but Park Rapids turned a double play to end the game.
Cameron Hoyt went 4 ⅓ innings for the win, allowing six runs on eight hits and five walks while striking out five. Stachowski picked up the save by coaxing the game-ending grounder.
The split gave Park Rapids a 2-2 record this summer. Post 212 plays another doubleheader at Wadena on Wednesday (June 26).