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Park Rapids 18U team off to 10-0 start

Solid pitching, strong defense and an explosive offense sparked the Park Rapids 18U fastpitch softball team to a perfect 10-0 start this season.

Tara Johanning
Tara Johanning beat the throw to home to score a run during Park Rapids’ 18U fastpitch softball doubleheder sweep over Bemidji on June 22.

     Solid pitching, strong defense and an explosive offense sparked the Park Rapids 18U fastpitch softball team to a perfect 10-0 start this season.

     Park Rapids opened the season by defeating Menahga by scores of 12-3 and 17-3 on June 8. Chelsea Swanson and Macky Warne both had three RBI in the first game while Carly Waggoner drove in three runs on four hits and Tara Johanning had three RBI in the second game.

     Brooke Jerger threw a three-hitter and struck out 12 as Park Rapids blanked Sebeka 7-0 in the first game on June 10. Lexi Hinkley-Smith had two RBI while Johanning, Waggoner and Warne had two hits each as Park Rapids completed the sweep with a 12-1 win in the second game.

     Park Rapids scored 44 runs in sweeping Wadena by scores of 26-5 and 18-7 on June 15. Sydney Bynum hit a three-run homer and joined Swenson with four RBI in the first game. Jerger, Swenson and Hinkley-Smith had two RBI each in the second game.

     Kylee Pachel’s three-run double sparked Park Rapids to a 12-2 win over Pequot Lakes in the first game on June 17. Warne and Bynum drove in three runs each while Lizzie Bannerman had two BRI as Park Rapids completed the sweep with an 11-7 win in the second game.

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     Park Rapids remained undefeated by following an 11-1 win with a 13-0 victory over Bemidji on June 22. Jerger struck out nine to improve to 5-0 and Hinkley-Smith had three RBI in the first game. Grace Kisner added an RBI double and Johanning had an RBI triple in that game. Bynum’s three RBI and a seven-run fourth inning sparked Park Rapids to a 13-0 win in the second game as Warne went the distance to improve to 5-0.

1982 Dawson-Boyd High School graduate
1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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