Lakers hold off rally to sweep Panthers
The Park Rapids baseball team fell to 1-4 on the season with losses of 8-7 and 12-2 against Detroit Lakes.
After building a 7-1 lead, Detroit Lakes held off a late rally to hang on for an 8-7 victory in the first game of a Mid-State Conference baseball doubleheader at Park Rapids on Tuesday, April 27.
The Lakers jumped out to a 4-0 lead before scoring seven runs in the sixth inning to seal a 12-2 victory in the second game to complete the sweep.
In the opener, Detroit Lakes used seven walks to score six runs in the first inning. The Panthers scored a run in the bottom of the inning when Cole Ackerman walked and scored on Josh Crandall’s RBI single.
After the Lakers took a 7-1 lead in the second, Nick Michaelson walked and scored on James Hartig’s sacrifice fly to make it 7-2 in the bottom of that frame.
Park Rapids mounted a comeback by scoring three times in the fifth and twice in the seventh.
Singles by Hartig and Isaiah Olson and a walk to Ackerman set up a two-run double by Ethan Eischens and a bases-loaded walk to Brody Hagen as the Panthers cut the gap to 7-5 in the fifth.
Detroit Lakes used a double steal to score what proved to be the winning run in the seventh. In the bottom of the inning, Harley Wellman was hit by a pitch before Michaelson and Hartig followed with one-out singles to make it 8-7. Hartig was stranded on second as the Lakers prevailed.
Hartig went 2 for 3 to lead the Panthers’ seven-hit attack while Crandall took the loss in relief.
The Lakers jumped out to another early lead in the second game as three singles and four walks led to a 4-0 advantage in the first.
Park Rapids scored twice in the second when Hagen and Wellmann walked, setting up RBI singles by Jaxson Lund and Hartig.
Ackerman’s single in the third was the only other hit for the Panthers as Detroit Lakes used six hits and two errors to score seven times in the sixth to end this game early via the 10-run rule.
Olson started and took the loss as the Panthers fell to 1-3 in conference play and 1-4 overall. Detroit Lakes improved to 4-0 in the conference and 4-2 overall.
Detroit Lakes 610 000 1...8 4 0
Park Rapids 110 030 2...7 7 4
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Park Rapids 020 000...2 3 2
Detroit Lakes 400 107...12 11 1