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Park softball moves to third in SEC standings

The Park softball team moved into third place in the Suburban East Conference standings -- leapfrogging rival Woodbury -- with a 6-1 win over White Bear Lake on Thursday, May 6 at Park High School's Charlie Whitbred Field.

Park senior pitcher Mackenzie Zavoral earned the win, going all seven innings and allowing only one run.

In the bottom of the third inning, down 1-0, Park (6-4; 6-4 SEC) scored three runs on one hit to take a 3-1 lead -- one it wouldn't relinquish -- and added three additional runs in the bottom of the fifth to cruise to the win.

In the third inning, Park junior Courtney Mills provided the big hit -- a two-run single that plated Tara Cournoyer and Jessica Kullmann. Kullmann got on base with a walk and Cournoyer was pinch running for senior catcher Kasi Baker, who led off the inning with a walk. To cap the inning, Park freshman Mary Turitto, who got on base with a walk, reached home on an error while Courtney Mills was caught in a run-down between first and second base.

In the fifth inning, Kullmann led off with a triple and scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-1 Park. A double by Mills then scored Sam Flack, who reached base with a walk, to make it 5-1, and a double by senior Sam Armstrong then knocked home Mills to give Park a 6-1 lead.

It was the second conference win in a row for Park, which beat Roseville 5-1 on Wednesday, allowing the Wolfpack to move into third in the conference standings, ahead of Woodbury (6-4; 6-4 SEC) which lost to Forest Lake 5-1 on Thursday. White Bear Lake (4-10; 2-8 SEC) is in last place in the 10-team SEC.

Next, Park takes part in the Eastview Invitational on Saturday, May 8, before hosting No. 3 Hastings on Monday, May 10, at Park.

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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