Wolfpack wraps up five wins
Park wrapped up a huge 5-0 week Saturday with a relatively easy 7-0 win over visiting White Bear Lake in Suburban East Conference softball Saturday.
The fourth-ranked Wolfpack improved to 16-1 overall and 12-1 in the conference, setting up a final regular-season showdown week with games against Roseville (5-8, 5-8) Monday and then third-ranked Forest Lake (16-0, 13-0) Tuesday.
During the week, Park had wins over White Bear Lake (5-0), East Ridge (8-1), Roseville (7-5), Stillwater (10-3) and then White Bear Lake again Saturday (7-0).
The Roseville win Thursday was the most dramatic.
After being walked four times, senior slugger Delaney Young delivered the win in the 15th inning for Park. Young ripped a two-run home run in the inning to lead Park to the clutch 7-5 win over Roseville at Fairview Softball Complex.
"Thankfully they pitched to Delaney in the 15th for a two-run bomb," said Park coach Bob Loshek. "Intentionally walked her four times prior."
Park jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first half inning only to see Roseville score four runs in the bottom of the first.
"We came out strong," said Loshek. "We batted the ball all over the field scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. But you have to be able to stop them as well."
The Wolfpack tied it at 4-all with a run in the sixth. And that's where it stood until the 13th when both teams scored another run each.
Finally in the top of the 15th inning, Fohrman led off with a single that was followed by Young's two-run blast that put the Wolfpack up for good.
Park rapped out 16 hits in the win, Roseville finished with 15.
Young was 3-for-4 with a double and a home run and three RBIs to pace the Park hitters. Saren Croker had two RBIs, while Shelby Schabacker, Heather Degler and Madi Medina had one each. Degler hit two doubles and Paige Heitkamp one.
Bryanna Olson started on the mound for the Wolfpack and went five innings before yielding to sophomore Sam Fohrman. Fohrman pitched the last 12 innings, allowing just one run and four walks while striking out 11.
Park wraps up the regular season with two games next week, including a showdown with third-ranked Forest Lake at Cottage Grove Tuesday. Win that one, and the two rivals will likely tie for this year's SEC title.