After being held to only seven runs in four losses to open the season, the Park Rapids 18U fastpitch softball team scored 18 runs in a doubleheader against Perham at the Park Rapids High School field on Tuesday, June 25.
Perham also had success at the plate in posting a sweep by scores of 14-6 and 15-12.
In the first game, Perham jumped out to a 6-0 lead by following a four-run first inning with a two-run second.
Park Rapids responded by scoring four times in the bottom of the second. Allison Offerdahl led off with a double before an infield single by Tarynn Arola and a walk to Chloe Tretbar loaded the bases with no outs. Walks to Shailyn Pachel and Mickey Clark led to two runs before a wild pitch and an error made it 6-4.
Single runs in the third and fourth innings gave Perham an 8-4 lead before Park Rapids used a two-out single by Clark, two wild pitches, and Amber Berndt's RBI single to cut the gap to 8-5 in the bottom of the fourth.
Perham sealed the win by stringing together six hits to score six times in the fifth. Tretbar's lead-off single, an error and Pachel's RBI single produced the game's final run in the bottom of the fifth.
Offerdahl went the distance, allowing 14 hits and eight walks while striking out five. Walks to Clark and Ellie Ulvin in the first, Berndt in the second, and Ulvin in the fourth provided Park Rapids' other baserunners.
In the second game, Park Rapids held leads of 4-0 and 10-7 before Perham rallied to complete the sweep.
Lead-off walks to Ulvin and Avery Cederstrom, Offerdahl's RBI single, a wild pitch, Clark's run-scoring grounder, and two errors gave Park Rapids a 4-0 lead in the first inning.
After Perham scored five times in the bottom of the first, Park Rapids took a 7-5 lead on Ulvin's lead-off single, two wild pitches, Offerdahl's RBI double, Clark's RBI single, Harvey's single and a wild pitch.
Perham tied the game at 7-7 in the bottom of the second before Park Rapids regained a 10-7 advantage in the third. Tretbar led off with a single and Berndt reached on an error to set up RBI singles by Cederstrom, Pachel and Clark.
In the bottom of the third, Perham used two walks and two hits with two outs to tie the game at 10-10 before using five hits and four Park Rapids errors to take a 15-10 lead in the fourth.
Park Rapids ended the scoring in the fifth when Offerdahl led off with a walk, Clark and Arola reached on errors, and Tretbar lined an RBI single.
Tretbar's infield single in the first, Harvey's single in the second, and Arola's single and Ulvin's walk in the fourth were the other baserunners in Park Rapids' 12-hit attack. Tretbar took the loss, allowing nine hits and nine walks while striking out two in four innings as Park Rapids fell to 0-6 on the season.