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Panthers stay alive with win over EGF

The Park Rapids baseball team stayed alive in the Section 8AA tournament by splitting games with the top teams in the North half of the section. Park Rapids defeated East Grand Forks 10-4 in Thursday's first game at the Area High School field bef...

The Park Rapids baseball team stayed alive in the Section 8AA tournament by splitting games with the top teams in the North half of the section.

Park Rapids defeated East Grand Forks 10-4 in Thursday's first game at the Area High School field before being thrown into the losers' bracket with a 10-1 loss to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton. The Panthers received the No. 3 seed in the North while D-G-F earned the No. 1 seed and East Grand Forks was the No. 2 seed. D-G-F defeated No. 5 Thief River Falls 11-4 in the other opening game at Park Rapids.

In the South bracket at Perham Thursday, No. 3 Wadena-Deer Creek edged No. 2 Perham 8-7 and No. 5 Frazee upset No. 1 Pequot Lakes 7-1. W-DC defeated Frazee 5-1 while Perham eliminated Pequot Lakes with a 6-0 win.

Park Rapids will host the section tournament Tuesday with the host Panthers (13-7) hosting Perham (17-5) and Frazee (13-9) playing East Grand Forks (16-3) in elimination games at 2 p.m. The winners of those games will play at 4:30. D-G-F and W-DC will meet at 4:30 with the winner advancing to the championship game. The section finals will be played Thursday at Park Rapids with an elimination game at noon. The championship game in this double-elimination tournament is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. with another game (if necessary) following.

Brendan Kruchowski threw a four-hit complete game and was backed by a 12-hit attack as the Panthers defeated EGF for the second time this season.

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Tristin Persons singled and scored to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead in the first before Dylan Selk's two-run homer gave EGF a 2-1 advantage in the bottom of that inning.

A five-run third gave the Panthers the lead for good. Zach Severtson's solo home run, singles by Persons, Jason Haas and Zach Hocking, a double by Kruchowski, and an error gave Park Rapids a 6-2 lead.

EGF scored a run in the bottom of that inning before a four-run fifth sealed the win. Ty Karger's single, Austin Jerger's double, singles by Hocking and Persons, and an error made it 10-3.

The Green Wave ended the scoring in the seventh.

Persons went 4 for 5, Haas went 2 for 3 and Hocking went 2 for 4 to pace the Panthers' offense. Kruchowski walked two, hit a batter and struck out four for the win.

D-G-F took advantage of five errors and used a three-run homer by Carter Kohler to send the Panthers into the losers' bracket.

Kruchowski singled, moved to second on Gabe Bagstad's sacrifice bunt and scored on Lucas Dickinson's RBI single to give Park Rapids a 1-0 lead in the second.

Kohler's blast gave the Rebels a 3-1 lead in the third before a two-run double by Jimmy Phillips and an error with two outs made it 6-1 in the fifth. Two errors led to D-G-F's final four runs in the sixth.

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The Panthers were held to four hits with Severtson's single in the fifth and Hocking's single in the sixth providing the other hits. Will Pickar started and took the loss. Severtson and Hocking finished up.

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