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Rallying for a win

Wadena-Deer Creek's Bryce Cooper (8) lunged back to first base as Park Rapids' Brendan Kruchowski waited for the throw on a pick-off play during a Legion baseball game on June 20. W-DC, which won both of those games on June 20, scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally for a 6-5 win Wednesday night. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Wadena-Deer Creek used a dramatic two-out rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull off a 6-5 win in the first game and spark a doubleheader sweep over the Park Rapids American Legion baseball team Wednesday night at Wadena.

W-DC followed as Justin Dykhoff's two-hitter led to a 6-1 five-inning victory in the second game.

In the opener, W-DC led 3-2 entering the seventh inning when Park Rapids scored three runs to claim a 5-3 lead. Ty Karger led off with a single and moved to second on Hunter Carnell's sacrifice bunt. After Noah Stevens reached on an error, an RBI single by Zach Hocking, a passed ball and an RBI single by Joey Stachowski gave Park Rapids the lead.

In the bottom of that inning, Preston Warren reached on an error with one out before Jake Dykhoff's two-run homer with two outs tied the game at 5-5. A single by Justin Dykhoff, a walk to Wyatt Hamann, an error and a bases-loaded walk to Dylan Ness brought in the winning run.

W-DC took a 2-0 lead in the third on a single by Max Phillips, an error, a double by Warren and a single by Jake Dykhoff.

Park Rapids tied it by scoring single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, Stevens reached on a wild pitch on a third strike with two outs. After Hocking walked, Stachowski lined an RBI double. In the fifth, Zach Severtson led off with a double, stole second and scored the tying run on Gabe Bagstad's sacrifice fly.

W-DC took a 3-2 lead in the sixth on singles by Jake Dykhoff, Hamann and Ness.

Park Rapids had other chances to score, but left seven runners in scoring position. Bagstad doubled with one out in the first, but was left on third. Stevens doubled with one out in the second, but was stranded on third. Hocking and Stachowski were left on base in the fourth while Austin Jerger (who walked) and Karger (who singled) were left on base in the fifth. In the sixth, Hocking led off with a single, Luke Dickinson followed with a one-out single and Severtson was hit by a pitch, but all three were left on base. Bagstad also singled with two outs in the third as Park Rapids left 11 runners on base in the game.

Bagstad (2 for 4), Karger (2 for 4), Hocking (2 for 3) and Stachowski (2 for 4) led Park Rapids' 11-hit attack.

W-DC combined seven hits with four walks and four Park Rapids errors for the win as Bagstad took the loss with a complete-game effort.

In the second game, Park Rapids took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Severtson was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on Karger's RBI single.

Jake Dykhoff's solo homer with two outs in the bottom of the first tied the game before W-DC claimed a 4-1 lead in the third on Bryce Cooper's single, Jake Dykhoff's RBI double and two errors.

W-DC concluded the scoring with two outs in the fourth on a walk, hit batter, Noah Ross' RBI single and an error.

Jerger's single in the fourth was the only other hit for Park Rapids, which sent only 18 batters to the plate. Hocking started and took the loss as W-DC finished with five hits.

"The boys played well. They came up with big plays defensively and at the plate when needed," said Legion coach Lance Bagstad. "We had a chance (in the first game) until the bottom of the seventh. The second game, an inning got away from us and that is all it took."

Park Rapids, which fell to 3-6 after being swept by W-DC for the second time this season, is scheduled to play a doubleheader at Nevis/Walker Monday starting at 5 p.m.

Legion goes 1-2 at Perham

After opening with a win over Hayfield, Park Rapids dropped games to Perham and Minneota to finish in fourth place at last weekend's KLN Classic at Perham.

Park Rapids scored two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to defeat Hayfield 4-3 in the tournament opener on June 23 before Perham used a 10-hit attack to spark a 12-2 win in six innings in the semifinals on June 23. Minneota scored the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 4-3 win over Park Rapids in the third-place game on June 24.

In the opener against Hayfield, Park Rapids used a walk to Severtson, a single by Bagstad, a walk to Keeton Koskela, a passed ball and a single by Isaiah Olson to take a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning.

After three hits helped Hayfield tie the game at 2-2 in the sixth, a walk to Carnell and Bagstad's two-run homer made it 4-2 in the bottom of that inning.

Three more hits produced another Hayfield run in the seventh before Bagstad struck out the final two batters to leave runners on second and third.

Bagstad went the distance, allowing three runs on seven hits, two walks and one hit batter while striking out 11. Bagstad had a one-hitter through five innings. Post 212 finished with six hits with Karger's two-out double in the first and leadoff single in the fourth and Olson's two-out single in the sixth accounting for the other hits.

Perham scored four times in the first, twice in the second, once in the fourth, twice in the fifth and three times in the sixth to win the second game via the 10-run rule.

Park Rapids scored twice in the top of the sixth on a double by Cameron Hoyt, a single by Severtson, a fielder's choice by Karger, and RBI singles by Bagstad and Stachowski.

Hoyt's single in the first, Bagstad's single in the second, and singles by Stevens and Olson in the sixth rounded out Park Rapids' eight-hit attack. Post 212 left the bases loaded in the sixth. Severtson started and took the loss. Brendan Kruchowski finished up as those two pitchers gave up 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with three strikeouts.

A two-out walk, stolen base and RBI single gave Minneota a walk-off win in the final tournament game.

A single by Kruchowski, an error and a sacrifice fly by Tristin Persons gave Park Rapids a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Minnesota rallied to claim a 3-1 lead as two walks, two hit batters and a single produced two runs in the second before two errors led to another run in the third.

Park Rapids tied the game at 3-3 in thee sixth when Karger reached on a two-out error, Persons lined a double and Dickinson belted a two-run single.

Kruchowski, Karger and Persons combined on a two-hitter while striking out eight. However, five walks, three hit batters and three errors proved costly.

Dickinson singled in the first and Persons singled in the fourth to complete Park Rapids' five-hit attack.

Perham opened with a 3-1 win over Osakis and defeated Breckenridge 4-3 in 10 innings in the championship game.

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