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Softball: Park Rapids 18U sweeps pair from Hawley

Ali Roberts and Mack Raddatz throw shutouts to close out the regular season.

Ali Roberts delivers a pitch during Park Rapids' 2-0 win over Hawley in the first game of an 18U fastpitch softball doubleheader on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. Roberts threw a three-hitter and struck out 10 for the win.
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PARK RAPIDS – Ali Roberts and Mack Raddatz pitched the Park Rapids 18U fastpitch softball team to a doubleheader sweep over Hawley on Tuesday, July 5.

Vivian Shepersky connects for a hit during the first game of Park Rapids' 18U fastpitch softball doubleheader against Hawley on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.
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Roberts threw a three-hitter and struck out 10 as Park Rapids won the opener 2-0 while Raddatz followed with a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts as Park Rapids completed the sweep with a 1-0 victory in the second game. Each pitcher allowed one walk in the pair of seven-inning complete games.

The only scoring in the first game was in the third inning when Raddatz walked with two outs and advanced to third on a single by Nora Cederstrom. After Cederstrom stole second, Kilea Persons followed with a two-run single.

Vivian Shepersky’s single was the only other hit for Park Rapids.

In the second game, Katryn Smith tripled and scored on a grounder by Rachel Ulvin in the second inning to account for the only run.


Park Rapids shortstop Nora Cederstrom prepares to tag out a Hawley runner attempting to steal second base during an 18U game on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.
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Park Rapids had a threat in the first when Raddatz and Cederstrom led off with singles. They were stranded on third and second. Allie Rowland’s single in the seventh was the other hit for Park Rapids, which ended the regular season with a 7-3 record.

Aili Anderson slides in with a stolen base during Park Rapids' 18U doubleheader sweep over Hawley on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.
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18U splits at Lake Park

LAKE PARK – Park Rapids split games at Lake Park on June 28, defeating Lake Park-Audubon 10-0 in the first game and falling to Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal 5-3 in the second game.

Against LP-A, four walks and an error produced two runs in the first inning while two walks and singles by Cederstrom and Persons led to three runs in the second. A single by Persons, two walks and two errors sparked a five-run third inning.

Persons (2-2, one run, two stolen bases), Rowland (1-2, one run, one stolen base), Cederstrom (1-2, three runs, one RBI) and Roberts (1-2) led Park Rapids’ seven-hit attack. Lexi Graff and Raddatz scored two runs apiece with Raddatz picking up the win by allowing one hit and one walk with eight strikeouts in four innings.

In the loss to NCE/UH, Roberts tripled and scored in the fourth while singles by Avery Cederstrom, Persons and Rachel Weiss led to two runs in the fifth.

Raddatz (1-1), Avery Cederstrom (1-1, one run), Persons (1-1, one run), Roberts (1-2, one run), Aili Anderson (1-1, one stolen base) and Weiss (1-2, two stolen bases) led the way as Park Rapids had six hits. Roberts took the loss, allowing five runs on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts in five innings.


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1987 Moorhead State University graduate
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