Down four, Wolverines rally and win
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines fought back from a 4-0 deficit Friday to topple Parkers Prairie 10-7 in a non-conference matchup in Wadena.
"The players came out ready to play, determined, and with something to prove," WDC Head Coach Kyle Dykhoff said.
The Wolverines were down 6-2 in the bottom of the fourth when they exploded for five runs.
Matt Hagen led the way for the Wolverines with a 3-for-4 day at the plate, a pair of runs and four RBIs. Ryan Nelson backed up the WDC star by going 3-for-3 at the plate with a double, a triple and three ribbies.
"Ryan has given us a big lift both defensively and offensively," Dykhoff said.
Also swinging some heavy lumber for the Wolverines were Colter Pettit and Kevin Tumberg. Pettit set the table with two hits and two stolen bases and brought in two runs. Tumberg, like Hagen, came up with a pair of doubles. Gannon George and Josh Sweere combined for two hits and two RBIs.
The Panthers were led by Jason Arvidson who went 3-for-5, scored twice and drove in a run. Matt Bernu and Trey Thompson combined for four hits, three runs and two RBIs.
Tumberg went the distance for the mound win. The WDC right-hander was touched for 11 hits but walked only one batter while fanning five. Jason Arvidson was hung with the loss.
PP 400 210 0 - 7 11 2
WDC 200 512 x - 10 13 5
Jason Arvidson and Ryan Silbernick; Kevin Tumberg and Tyler Wohlwend
Park Rapids 13, WDC 5
Park Rapids 6, WDC 4
Three five runs innings carried Park Rapids to a twinbill sweep of Wadena-Deer Creek last Tuesday.
The Panthers slugged three home runs and staged two five-run innings in Game 1. Hitting round-trippers for the Park Rapids crew were Cody Shirmers, Paul Dirks and Kevin McMorrow. Shirmers went 3-for-5 with three runs, McMorrow drove in five runs with three hits and Tucker Coborn supported his own pitching cause by going 3-for-3 with two ribbies and three runs.
Seven Wolverines, Matt Hagen, Cody Redfield, Josh Sweere, Cole Lugert, Kevin Tumberg, Gannon George and Tyler Wohlwend, collected two safeties apiece in Game 1. Wohlwend drove in two runs. The Wolverines out-hit the Panthers 14-12.
A five-run fifth inning propelled the Panthers to victory in Game 2. Shirmers came up with a pair of hits for Park Rapids. Tumberg, Hagen and Ryan Nelson all had two hits in the loss.
"We just got hurt by the big innings in both games," WDC head coach Kyle Dykhoff said.
Park Rapids 005 500 3 - 13 12 3
Wadena-Deer Creek 111 010 1 - 5 14 3
HR-Shirmers, Dirks, McMorrow (PR)
Park Rapids 000 051 0 - 6 7 2
Wadena-Deer Creek 002 110 0 - 4 8 2