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Lakers rely on two late rallies to sweep Panthers

Ty Karger delivered a pitch during the first game of a Mid-State Conference doubleheader against Detroit Lakes Thursday. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Detroit Lakes used two late rallies to sweep a Mid-State Conference baseball doubleheader at Park Rapids Thursday.

The Lakers overcame a 3-0 deficit in the first game by scoring twice in the sixth inning, twice in the seventh inning and seven times in the eighth inning in an 11-4 victory.

In the second game, Park Rapids jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the Lakers followed a three-run fourth inning with a walk-off run in the bottom of the fifth to complete the sweep with a 6-5 victory in a game that was called after five innings because of darkness.

Tristin Persons walked and scored on Jason Haas' RBI single in the first before Ty Karger and Zach Hocking walked and scored on Will Pickar's two-run single in the third as Park Rapids claimed a 3-0 lead in the opener.

Detroit Lakes stranded seven runners on base in the first five innings before mounting a comeback.

Reed Mace's two-run single made it 3-2 in the sixth before a two-out RBI single by Mason Blank and a bases-loaded walk gave Detroit Lakes a 4-3 lead in the seventh.

Park Rapids forced extra innings when Austin Jerger singled and scored on a passed ball with two outs in the bottom of the seventh for a 4-4 tie.

Detroit Lakes then sent 11 batters to the plate in the top of the eighth inning as four walks, an error, an RBI single by Lane Moe, a two-run single by Blank and an RBI double by Mace sparked the game-winning runs.

Karger went 2 for 5 while Jerger and Pickar both went 2 for 4 to pace the Panthers' nine-hit attack. Park Rapids stranded 12 runners on base. Pickar started and allowed no runs on five hits over the first 5 ⅓ innings. Karger gave up four runs on five hits in 1 ⅓ innings before Haas took over with two outs and left the bases loaded in the seventh. Haas opened the eighth by issuing three walks and all three runners scored off Severtson, who finished up by giving up four runs on three hits in the eighth. Those four pitchers combined to give up 13 hits and eight walks while hitting two batters and striking out eight.

In the second game, the Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the first when Haas singled and scored on Jerger's RBI single. In the second, Severtson reached on an error, stole second and scored on Nathan David's RBI single before one-out RBI singles by Persons and Haas made it 4-0.

Jackson Fields doubled and scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the second, Blank doubled and scored on Blake Itzen's RBI single in the third, and two errors and singles by Sully Wood and Cooper Hermanson led to three unearned runs in the fourth as Detroit Lakes rallied for a 5-4 edge.

After Karger walked and scored on an error to tie the game at 5-5 in the top of the fifth, an error set up Wood's game-winning RBI single with no outs in the bottom of that inning as the Lakers walked off with the win.

Jerger went the distance for the Panthers, allowing two earned runs on nine hits, four walks and three hit batters while striking out three. Haas led Park Rapids' five-hit attack by going 2 for 3.

The Lakers improved to 4-2 in the conference and overall with their fourth straight win. The Panthers fell to 1-2 in the conference and 2-3 overall. Pequot Lakes leads the conference standings with a 4-0 record.

GAME 1

Detroit Lakes 000 002 27--11 13 0

Park Rapids 102 000 10--4 9 1

Park Rapids batting: Persons (0-3, 1r, 1sb), Haas (1-5, 1rbi), Karger (2-5, 1r), Hocking (1-3, 1r), Bagstad (0-3), Jerger (2-4, 1r), Pickar (2-4, 2rbi), Severtson (1-3), Hoyt (0-3). Park Rapids pitching: Pickar (5.1ip, 0r, 5h, 3k, 1bb, 1hbp), Karger (1.1ip, 4r, 5h, 2k, 3bb, 1hbp), Haas (0.1ip, 3r, 0h ,0k, 3bb), Severtson (1ip, 4r, 3h, 3k 1bb).

GAME 2

Park Rapids 130 01--5 5 3

Detroit Lakes 011 31--6 9 2

Park Rapids batting: Persons (1 for 3, 1r, 1rbi, 1sb), Haas (2-3, 1r, 1rbi), Karger (0-1, 1r), Jerger (1-3, 1rbi), Bagstad (0-3), Kruchowski (0-3, 1rbi), Severtson (0-2, 1r, 1sb), David (1-2, 1r, 1rbi), DeWinter (0-2). Park Rapids pitching: Jerger (4ip, 5r, 2er, 9h, 3k, 4bb, 3hbp).

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