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Seven Park Rapids players earn Mid-State Conference honors

Dominating the competition helped the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team win the Mid-State Conference title for the third year in a row.

The Panthers outscored their conference opponents by a 114-9 margin with six shutouts in going 9-1 in league play. Park Rapids won the Mid-State title with an 8-0 record in 2017 and went 7-1 in 2016 to top the league standings.

Park Rapids headlined the all-conference team by having seven players earn Mid-State honors.

Senior Tara Johanning, juniors Kylee Pachel, Natalie Kinkel and Kaisa Coborn, and sophomore Rilee Michaelson earned all-conference honors while junior Kendra Coborn and sophomore Katelyn Weaver received all-conference honorable mention honors.

Johanning started all 10 conference games at third base, batting .485 (16 for 33, including five doubles) with 14 runs scored 12 RBI and two stolen bases.

Pachel started all 10 games at catcher, hitting .379 (11 for 29, including three doubles) with nine runs, six RBI and four stolen bases.

Kinkel was the Panthers' starting shortstop in all 10 games, batting .583 (21 for 36, including two doubles, one triple and one home run) with 18 runs, 10 RBI and five stolen bases.

Kaisa Coborn started 10 games in right field and hit .321 (9 for 28, including one triple and two homers) with 16 runs, eight RBI and six stolen bases. Coborn also made four pitching appearances, going 1-0 with a 1.40 ERA. In 10 innings, Coborn allowed two earned runs on two hits with 17 walks and 15 strikeouts.

Michaelson started nine games on the mound, going 8-1 with a 0.85 ERA. In 41 innings, Michaelson gave up seven runs (five earned) on 30 hits and seven walks with 40 strikeouts. Michaelson started all 10 games, batting .457 (16 for 35, including three doubles and three homers) with 15 runs and 16 RBI.

Kendra Coborn was the Panthers' starter in center field in all 10 conference games, hitting .457 (16 for 35, including two doubles) with 18 runs, seven RBI and seven stolen bases.

Weaver also played in all 10 conference games and hit .320 (8 for 25, including one triple and two homers) with nine runs, nine RBI and three stolen bases.

The Panthers swept Crosby-Ironton (7-0 and 20-0 in four innings), Aitkin (12-1 in five innings and 16-0 in four innings), Staples-Motley (18-2 in four innings and 24-0 in four innings) and Pequot Lakes (7-2 and 4-0) while splitting games with Detroit Lakes (losing 4-2 and winning 4-0).

Detroit Lakes finished second in the conference standings at 8-2 while Pequot Lakes went 6-4. Crosby-Ironton (4-6), Aitkin (3-7) and Staples-Motley (0-10) rounded out the Mid-State standings.

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