After being held scoreless in three tournament games, the Park Rapids American Legion baseball team produced some offense in dropping a doubleheader at Wadena on Wednesday, June 26.
Wadena belted out nine hits in a 9-4 victory in the first game and used five walks and a hit batter to spark a 5-1 win in the second game.
In the opener, Wadena used an eight-run second inning to build a 9-0 lead. Six hits and three Park Rapids errors aided Wadena's second inning.
Post 212 scored four times in the sixth. Cameron Hoyt led off with a walk and Ty Karger was hit by a pitch. A walk to Joey Stachowski, an error and singles by Zach Hocking, Cole Ackerman and Hunter Carnell produced the runs.
The Legion left nine runners on base. Hoyt singled and Hocking walked in the first; Josh Crandall reached on an error and Brody Hagen walked in the third; Stachowski doubled in the fourth; Ackerman singled in the fifth; and Karger was hit by a pitch in the seventh.
Tanner Hensel started and took the loss, allowing nine runs on eight hits. Karger allowed one hit with seven strikeouts in relief.
Carnell and Hocking combined on a one-hitter, but six free passes gave Wadena the sweep.
Wadena used a walk and a single to take a 1-0 lead in the first before four walks, a hit batter and two grounders made it 5-0 in the third.
Park Rapids avoided the shutout in the fourth on a double by Karger, a walk to Hocking, a passed ball and a grounder by Hagen.
Karger also doubled and Hocking was hit by a pitch in the first while Hensel was hit by a pitch in the third and singled in the fifth to account for Park Rapids' other baserunners as Wyatt Hamann threw a three-hit complete game.
At the KLN Classic Junior Legion tournament at Perham on June 22-23, Park Rapids was outscored 31-0 in losses to Albany (3-0), New York Mills (16-0) and Aitkin (12-0). Carnell pitched a two-hitter in a complete-game effort on the mound in the loss to Albany. Carnell walked two as Albany scored twice in the third and allowed two hits as Albany scored another run in the seventh.