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Park softball: Wolfpack score 52 runs in three games, head into playoffs hot

Park senior Mary Turitto hit a pair of home runs, including a grand slam, as the Wolfpack swept a double header against Cretin-Derham Hall.

The Park softball team has been crushing the ball lately.

The Wolfpack has scored 52 runs in their past three games and are riding a three-game win streak as they head into the playoffs.

Most recently, Park beat Suburban East Conference foe Roseville 10-2 on Tuesday in Roseville. The win came on the heels of 15-11 and 27-13 wins over Cretin-Derham Hall on Monday. (Yes, 27-13).

In the win over Roseville (4-11; 4-11 SEC), Park scored all 10 of its runs in the final three innings, overcoming a 1-0 deficit. The Wolfpack (6-6; 6-6 SEC) plated five runs in the top of the fifth inning to break the game open. Park junior pitcher Amber Galloway improved her record to 7-1, going the distance while scattering seven hits. Park sophomore Rachel Suter led the way at the plate, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and three steals. Also, junior Sam Flack went 3-for-5 with four RBI.

On Monday, to say Park's bats came alive would be an understatement.

The Wolfpack scored 42 runs and racked up an incredible 40 hits in a pair of wins over Cretin-Derham Hall (3-15; 3-15 SEC).

Pretty much everyone hit the ball for the Wolfpack, but Park senior Mary Turitto led the way in the victories. Turitto hit two homeruns in the two games, giving her four on the year, including a grand slam in the 27-13 win. Also, in that game, Suter went 4-for-6 with five RBI. In the 15-11 win, Park junior Michaela Thiefoldt went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI, junior Paige Hill went 4-for-4 and freshman Gwen Warling was 3-for-4. Galloway won both games on the mound for Park.

The three wins closed out the regular season for Park and came off a 9-5 loss to Woodbury (8-7; 8-7 SEC) last Saturday and a 12-2 loss to East Ridge (7-8; 7-8 SEC) on Friday.

Park starts the Section 3AA playoffs today, Wednesday, May 15, on the road against Simley. Park earned the ninth seed. Simley (11-4) is the eighth seed. The winner of the game faces No. 1 seed Lakeville North (18-3) on the road Friday.