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Park softball: Wolfpack go 2-4 in long week

Park senior Molly Swanson had the winning hit in Park’s 8-6 marathon win over Roseville, a highlight in an otherwise tough week for the Wolfpack. (Bulletin photo by Scott Wente)

The Park softball team may have needed a breather last weekend, after going 2-4 in a week that included a record-breaking game and a pair of doubleheaders.

The Wolfpack ended the six-game stretch at 6-9 overall on the season. The Wolfpack started the week by dropping a pair of games to Woodbury. Park turned around and split a May 6 doubleheader with Mounds View. Park’s longest game came Wednesday, May 7, when the team went 19 innings with Roseville before earning an 8-6 victory in what’s believed to be the new record for the longest time of game played, at 4 hours, 20 minutes.

A tired Park squad ended with the week with a disappointing loss to East Ridge on Friday.

The Wolfpack started the week at home against third-ranked Woodbury (10-4). The Royals topped Park 8-1 in the first game and held on for an 8-4 win in the second half of the May 5 doubleheader.

Park hosted Mounds View, thumping the visitors 12-2 in the first game. Mounds View edged the Wolfpack 4-3 in the second game of the doubleheader.

Intra-district rival East Ridge came to Cottage Grove on Friday, May 9, and beat up on the Wolfpack 14-2 on Park’s Senior Night.

The Raptors got the best of Park pitcher Amber Galloway, who had thrown all 19 innings of the Roseville game two days earlier and tossed two of the four games earlier in the week.

The Raptors scored four runs in the top of the first and another three in the second inning to climb to a 7-0 lead. Park got on the board with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third to make it 7-2. The Raptors responded with another three runs in the fourth inning. A five-run sixth inning gave East Ridge the 14-2 advantage.

Park was scheduled to take on White Bear Lake on the road Monday before hosting Forest Lake for a Tuesday doubleheader.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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