Amateur Baseball: Midway hands Park Rapids first Lake & Pine League loss of season

The win lifts the Snurdbirds' record to 3-3 while the Esox fall to 4-1 in league play.

Midway's Ty Karger slides into second base with a double as Park Rapids' Kevin Murphy reaches for the throw during a Lake & Pine League game on Sunday, June 12, 2022.
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PARK RAPIDS – Midway jumped out to a 9-0 lead and held on to defeat Park Rapids 10-5 in a Lake & Pine League amateur baseball game on Sunday, June 12.

The loss was the first for the Esox in league play. Park Rapids edged Midway 3-1 earlier this season.

Sam Beck’s double and Stetson Burkman’s single gave Midway a 2-0 lead in the third inning before an error, a single by Preston Riewer and a triple by Ike Kyllonen made it 4-0 in the fourth.

Park Rapids pitcher Derek Lindow tags out Midway's Ike Kyllonen at home plate during a Lake & Pine League amateur baseball game on Sunday, June 12 2022.
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Three walks, an error, a single by Brett Dormanen, and doubles by Beck and Ty Karger pushed the Snurdbirds’ advantage to 8-0 in the fifth before two walks and an error led to another run in the seventh.

Park Rapids scored four times in the bottom of the seventh on Jason Haas’ two-run single and Riley Massie’s two-run double.


After Midway made it 10-4 in the eighth on two walks and a single by Levi Schwartz, the Esox concluded the scoring in the ninth on singles by DJ Reichling and Haas.

Burkman went 2 for 4 at the plate and was the winning pitcher while Riewer, Beck (3 for 5) and Karger scored two runs each.

Midway first baseman Ray Mueller blocks a low throw as Park Rapids' Riley Massie (14) reaches on an error during a Lake & Pine League game on Sunday, June 12, 2022.
Vance Carlson / Park Rapids Enterprise

Massie (2 for 5) and Haas (2 for 4) led Park Rapids’ six-hit attack. Derek Lindow started and took the loss. Cain Mitchell and Kevin Murphy also pitched as the Esox fell to 4-1 in the league and 4-4 overall. Midway improved to 3-3.

The Esox will host Wolf Lake in another league game on Sunday, June 19, starting at 1:30 p.m.

Esox sweep Staples

STAPLES – The Esox took advantage of eight errors in the first game and 12 hits in the second game to sweep a Lake & Pine League doubleheader at Staples on Saturday, June 11.

In the first game, a four-run third inning sparked a 10-3 win. Three walks, a hit batter, and singles by Zach Hocking, Sawyer Torkelson and John Massie in the third gave Park Rapids an early 4-1 lead.

Singles by Murphy and Torkelson and a sacrifice fly by Lindow made it 6-1 in the fourth before two walks, a single by John Massie, and a double by Nick Jasmer pushed the advantage to 8-2 in the fifth.

Reichling earned the win as Park Rapids finished with five hits in this scheduled seven-inning game.


A five-run sixth inning sealed Park Rapids’ 10-3 win in the second seven-inning game.

Staples led 3-0 before two errors led to the Esox’s first run in the second and singles by Hocking and Lindow cut the gap to 3-2 in the third. Two more Staples errors gave the Esox a 4-3 lead in the fourth while a double by Hocking and a single by Lindow made it 5-3 in the fifth. Four errors along with singles by Reichling, Haas, Murphy and Hocking concluded the scoring in the sixth.

Hocking (3 for 4), Reichling (3 for 3), Haas (2 for 4) and Lindow (2 for 4) led the Esox offense while Murphy earned the win in relief of Torkelson.

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1987 Moorhead State University graduate
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