Park Rapids American Legion baseball team misses out on opportunities

New York Mills sweeps a doubleheader by following a 13-0 victory with a 2-1 win.

Harley Wellman delivered a pitch during the second game of an American Legion baseball doubleheader against New York Mills on Monday, June 28. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

After being held to only one hit in a 13-0 loss in five innings in the first game, the Park Rapids American Legion baseball team produced seven hits in the second game against New York Mills at the Area High School field on Monday, June 28.

However, Post 212 couldn’t produce a hit in the clutch as New York Mills completed the sweep with a 2-1 win in six innings.

New York Mills coasted to the win in the opener. NYM scored single runs in the first and second innings before two errors led to two runs in the third, two errors led to three runs in the fourth, and three errors led to six runs in the fifth as this game ended early via the 10-run rule.

Park Rapids had only six baserunners in the game. Noah Morris and Nick Michaelson walked in the first, Ethan Eischens walked and Hunter Harrison was hit by a pitch in the fourth, and Reed Sharp broke up a no-hitter with a single in the fifth and Jaxson Lund followed with a walk before a double play ended the game.

Noah Larson started and took the loss. Sawyer Torkelson finished up.


Missed opportunities cost Park Rapids in the second game.

After two errors gave NYM a 1-0 lead in the first, the Legion responded to tie the game when Eischens reached on a two-base error with two outs, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when Michaelson reached on an error.

Park Rapids had chances to score in four other innings, but couldn’t take advantage.

In the second, Harrison walked, Sharp was hit by a pitch and Lund singled, but Harrison was forced out at third on a bunt attempt by Aidan Yliniemi-Hensel and Sharp was thrown out at the plate trying to score on Lund’s hit.

Reed led off the fourth with a walk, but was thrown out at third after stealing second and trying to advance on an overthrow. Yliniemi-Hensel followed with a walk and advanced to third on a double by Harley Wellman, but both runners were stranded on base.

The Legion had a chance to win it in the fifth when Eischens walked, Michaelson singled and Matt Johanning reached on an error to load the bases with one out. Back-to-back strikeouts ended that threat.

A pair of two-out singles gave NYM a 2-1 lead in the sixth before the Legion mounted another threat in the bottom of the inning. Two-out singles by Lund and Torkelson and an intentional walk to Eischens loaded the bases, but Post 212 again left the bases loaded as NYM completed the sweep.

Torkelson’s single in the third was the other hit for the Legion, which fell to 0-6 on the season. Wellman went the distance, allowing five hits and five walks while striking out six in the loss.


Wadena sweeps

The Legion was held to five hits in a pair of losses at Wadena on June 21.

Wadena followed a 4-0 win in the first game with a 5-1 victory in the second game.

In the opener, Wadena capitalized on errors to score single runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings. A single by Yliniemi-Hensel in the third, a double by Wellman in the fifth, and singles by Larson and James Hartig in the seventh accounted for Park Rapids’ four hits. Yliniemi-Hensel walked in the sixth for Post 212’s other baserunner.

Isaiah Olson started and took the loss. Park Rapids struck out 11 times while leaving five runners on base.

In the second game, Wadena used two errors to score twice in the first, three walks to score once in the third, and two walks and a single with two outs to score two times in the fourth to complete the sweep.

Olson walked and scored on an error and Michaelson’s single to account for Park Rapids’ lone run in the third. Yliniemi-Hensel walked in the second for Park Rapids’ other baserunner.

Eischens started and took the loss.


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