Softball: Park Rapids Faces Tough Challenges – Park Rapids Enterprise

PARK RAPIDS – A spring that allowed only one outdoor practice before Game 1 has impacted the success of Park Rapids’ fast softball team this season.

The Panthers entered this season needing to find new players to start in multiple positions.

Seniors Abby Morris (shortstop), Allison Offerdahl (first base/pitcher) and Natalie Harvey (outfield) as well as juniors Chloe Tretbar (pitcher/first base) and Tori Weaver (third base) returned to their points of departure. Junior Mickey Clark made the transition from second base to center field.

Tori Weaver received Division 8AA and Mid-State Conference honors after batting .485 with 29 RBI and 25 runs scored as the Panthers’ starter at third base during the 2022 season.

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That left junior Avery Cederstrom (outfield); sophomores Kasen Girtz (outfield) and Kilea Persons (outfield); and freshmen Nora Cederstrom (second base), Allie Rowland (catcher) and Anna Yliniemi (outfield) were counted on to fill the other starting positions.

A lack of outside preparation played a key role as 68 errors (including 12 games with at least three errors) led to 52 unearned runs. This resulted in a 10-11 overall record for the Panthers.

Allison Offerdahl capped off her senior season with Mid-State Conference honors after hitting .236 and going 3-2 with a 3.57 ERA while starting at first base and pitching during the 2022 season. .

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“I know training for six straight weeks in the gym was very difficult. Due to the worst spring I’ve seen in all my years of training, we had training outside before our first match. We haven’t had a chance to practice the key elements of the game, like flying balls and baserunning in game situations. There are parts of this game that you just can’t replicate in the gym,” Park Rapids head coach Marion Goeden said “Rescheduling half of our season was difficult. We played the full season schedule in half a season. There were several weeks where we didn’t we were able to have only one training session. I was a bit disappointed with the results of our season. There were areas of the game that we really focused on in pre-season that we didn’t see happen. impact on the pitch. Our coaching staff felt that we had the tools to organize a better season than what resulted.

The Panthers opened the season in May with a Mid-State Conference doubles sweep of Staples-Motley by scores of 17-3 and 12-0, with both games ending after five innings. A three-game losing streak followed as Park Rapids were swept by Pequot Lakes (9-8, 11-0) in a conference doubleheader and lost to Moorhead (10-0).

Mickey Clark earned Mid-State Conference honors after batting .342 and scoring 16 points as the Panthers’ starting center fielder during the 2022 season.

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A three-game winning streak followed as the Panthers swept Crosby-Ironton (13-0 in five innings and 13-6) in a Mid-State double and beat Roseau 9-8 in Game 1 of a double. Roseau won Game 2 12-10 and Barnesville followed by posting a 13-3 victory in six sets.

After a 7-3 win over Sebeka, Park Rapids lost to Browerville-Eagle Valley 5-1. The Panthers then swept a conference doubleheader against Detroit Lakes by scores of 14-4 in five innings and 11-5.

Pequot Lakes won the conference title with a 10-0 record while the Panthers finished second at 6-2. Aitkin (3-3), Detroit Lakes (4-6), Crosby-Ironton (3-7) and Staples-Motley (0-8) round out the Mid-State standings.

Chloe Tretbar earned Mid-State Conference honors after going .328 with 24 RBI and going 7-9 on the mound during the 2022 season.

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After losing games to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (13-3 in six innings), Perham (2-0) and Frazee (7-4), the Panthers closed out the regular season with a 15-3 win in six innings against Wadena. – Deer stream.

Park Rapids, which went 3-7 in sectional play, was seeded No. 4 in the North for the 8AA sectional tournament. After starting with a 9-2 win over No. 5 Warroad, the Panthers were knocked out of the playoffs with losses to No. 1 DGF (13-0 in five innings) and No. 3 Roseau (8 -7). DGF defeated Hawley (9-4, 4-3 in eight innings) for the Section Championship and finished fourth in the Class AA State Tournament.

For the season, the Panthers hit .309 as a team while posting a 4.80 team ERA. Weaver (mean 0.485), Morris (mean 0.419), Rowland (mean 0.343), Clark (mean 0.342), and Tretbar (mean 0.328).

Weaver led the team with 32 hits (including 14 extra hits) on 66 at bat and 29 RBI while scoring 25 runs and stealing 12 bases. Morris had 31 hits (including two homers) on 74 at bat and led the team with 30 runs scored and 22 stolen bases while adding 12 RBIs. Rowland had 12 hits for 35 at bat, scored seven runs and six RBIs. Clark had 13 hits for 38 at bat with 16 runs, seven RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Tretbar had 20 hits (including two home runs) for 61 at bat with 24 RBI, 15 runs and nine steals.

Natalie Harvey capped off her senior season by playing right field and hitting .189 during the 2022 season.

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Girtz hit .286 (12-42) with 16 runs, seven RBIs and six steals. People were averaging .264 (14-53) with six runs, six RBIs and six steals. Nora Cederstrom hit .258 (16-62) with 19 runs, seven RBIs and 10 steals. Offerdahl hit .236 (13-55) and had 11 runs, 11 RBIs and five steals. Harvey was .189 (7-37) with five runs and three RBIs while Avery Cederstrom went .167 (5-30) with three runs and four RBIs. Yliniemi hit .083 (1-12) with a home run, two runs and three RBIs.

Tretbar (7-9 record, 5.55 ERA in 77 innings and 21 games) and Offerdahl (3-2 record, one stoppage, 3.57 ERA in 47 innings and 15 games) handled the pitching chores as Park Rapids allowed 6.5 points per game. These two combined allowed 137 runs (85 earned) on 174 hits and 77 walks with 80 strikeouts.

Morris and Weaver earned Section 8AA honors and joined Offerdahl, Clark and Tretbar as all-conference players. Morris (Panther Ambassador), Weaver (Silver Slugger), Rowland (Gold Glove and Hardest Worker), Nora Cederstrom (Rookie of the Year and Most Improved) and Clark (Panther Spirit Award) won team awards. Morris, Harvey, and Offerdahl received all-state academic honors. The Panthers also received an All-State Academic Gold Award.

The Panthers will have three key players to replace next season. However, Goeden wants his team to finish above the .500 mark and fight for conference and division titles next spring.

“We will have to reflect on what has prevented us from being more successful. This team was a group of serious players. We’ve had several games this season where we’ve been down and we’ve rallied. We’ll have to take what was positive and build on that,” Goeden said. “I see our program still in a reconstruction phase. However, I’ve been watching the upcoming players and I really like what I see. The JV had a great season. There is a group of athletes who love playing this game and are committed to our program. Having players who love the game and believe in the process will result in a successful season.


BATING AVERAGE: Weaver .485 (32-66), Morris .419 (31-74), Rowland .343 (12-35), Clark .342 (13-38), Tretbar .328 (20-61), Girtz . 286 (12-42), People .264 (14-53), N. Cederstrom .258 (16-62), Offerdahl .236 (13-55), Harvey .189 (7-37), A. Cederstrom .167 (5-30), Yliniemi .083 (1-12), Felts .000 (0-4), Roberts .000 (0-1).

DOUBLES: Weaver 11, Tretbar 8, Morris 7, Girtz 4, Persons 1, N. Cederstrom 1, Offerdahl 1, A. Cederstrom 1.

TRIPLE: Weaver 3, Morris 1, Girtz 1, N. Cederstrom 1.

HOME RACES: Morris 2, Tretbar 2, Yliniemi 1.

RUNS REACHED: Weaver 29, Tretbar 24, Morris 12, Offerdahl 11, Clark 7, Girtz 7, N. Cederstrom 7, Rowland 6, Persons 6, A. Cederstrom 4, Harvey 3, Yliniemi 3.

RUNS SCORED: Morris 30, Weaver 25, N. Cederstrom 19, Clark 16, Girtz 16, Tretbar 15, Offerdal 11, Rowland 7, Persons 6, Harvey 5, A. Cederstrom 3, Yliniemi 2.

STOLEN BASES: Morris 22, Weaver 12, Clark 12, N. Cederstrom 10, Tretbar 9, Girtz 6, Persons 6, Harvey 6, Offerdahl 5, Rowland 3, A. Cederstrom 1.

WALKS: Tretbar 15, Weaver 14, Girtz 7, N. Cederstrom 7, Morris 6, Clark 6, Offerdahl 6, Rowland 5, Persons 5, Harvey 5, A. Cederstrom 4, Yliniemi 2.

HITDOWNS: Harvey 4, Morris 1, Rowland 1, Clark 1, Offerdahl 1.

PITCHING: Tretbar (7-8 record, 77 innings pitched, 111 hits, 97 runs, 61 earned runs, 44 strikeouts, 61 walks, 10 hits, 5.55 ERA); Offerdahl (3-2, one save, 47 innings pitched, 63 hits, 40 runs, 24 earned runs, 36 strikeouts, 16 walks, 4 hits, 3.57 ERA).