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Woodbury Area's Alex Busch dives back to first base Friday against St. Paul Park. Woodbury Area rallied for a 5-4 eight-inning victory over St. Paul Park in Cottage Grove. (Photo by Nick Gerhardt)

Parkers struggle to break losing streak

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Parkers struggle to break losing streak
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St. Paul Park's losing streak stretched to nine games following six consecutive losses last week.

The Parkers (6-34, 3-15) had a chance to end that streak Friday against Woodbury Area (3-10) but errors and other miscues cost them.

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St. Paul Park led 4-1 in the fifth inning, but committed two errors in the fifth inning that allowed three runs to score to allow Woodbury Area to tie the game.

Woodbury Area got the leadoff hitter on base in the bottom of the eighth inning and Matt Palkovich drove in the game-winning run with a bases-loaded single through the right side of the infield.

St. Paul Park loaded the bases intentionally with one out, but couldn't find a way to hold back Woodbury Area.

The Parkers had a chance to score the go-ahead run in the eighth when Matt Chermack, who went 1-for-3, drew a leadoff walk, but St. Paul Park hit into a double play to erase the threat.

Tavier Simmons hit a solo home run for St. Paul Park in the second inning and finished 2-for-4.

"We certainly hung in there," Woodbury Area head coach Brian Palkovich said.

John McDonald went 2-for-4 for Woodbury Area while Alex Busch went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run. Busch pitched the first six innings and allowed four runs on 10 hits, struck out four and did not walk a hitter.

JT Bickel started for St. Paul Park and went five innings, allowing four runs, none earned, on six hits. Bickel struck out three and walked two.

The Parkers fell to Woodbury Blue Monday in Woodbury and followed that with losses to South St. Paul, Burnsville, East Ridge and Northfield Sunday in Dundas.

Woodbury Area begins the postseason Thursday against New Ulm in New Ulm.

-Nick Gerhardt

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