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Softball: Park opens season with a romp

Park junior pitcher Paige Heitkamp throws in the fourth inning for the Wolfpack. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 4
Park's Delaney Young grins as she trots home after ripping a grand-slam home run for the Wolfpack in the third inning against Providence Academy Wednesday. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 4
Park second baseman Nayeli Pallais makes a play for the Wolfpack in the third inning. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 4
Park's Ashley Berg slides safely into home plate with another run in the fourth inning for the Wolfpack Wednesday against Providence Academy. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

PLYMOUTH — Park's Wolfpack opened the 2018 softball season looking exactly like what they are — one of the best high school softball teams in the state.

Playing under the dome at Providence Academy in Plymouth Wednesday evening, the Wolfpack romped to a dominating 23-0 win in four innings over the host Lions.

Park senior shortstop Delaney Young ripped a grand slam home run in the third inning and had an amazing first-game total of eight RBIs, adding a double and a triple to go along with her four-bagger. That's a career for some players.

"I thought in the first inning we were just knocking off the rust and getting the jitters out," Young said. "And then Baker had got us going with a hit and it just started adding on and hitting was contagious and we all just got in and had fun."

Senior second baseman Shelby Schabacker got the Wolfpack started with a one-out double in the second, That set the stage for Young's two-out triple that scored two runs, followed by a run-scoring single by Madi Meduna and the Wolfpack were off to the races.

Batting third, Park senior first baseman Heather Degler had back-to-back doubles and scored twice in the fourth inning.

"I think we did really well attacking the ball and no matter what the score was we didn't let up and we just kept whacking away," Degler said.

Park was actually set down in order in the first inning, but then teed off for five runs in the second, five more in the third and 13 in the fourth to end the game.

"I was happy that we made adjustments," said Park coach Bob Loshek. "The first inning, just keeping it down. We were probably pretty jacked up, first game of the year, seniors at the top of the lineup, kids that have been with us forever. ... We made adjustments as the game went on and started hitting the ball really hard.

"So I was really proud about that," Loshek added. "As well as the pitchers threw well, pitchers hit spots, the defense went and got the ball and that's what we're going to need this year if we're going to return to the state tournament."

The Wolfpack used three pitchers and all were in command, starting with junior ace Bryanna Olson, then moving to sophomore Sam Fohrman and junior Paige Heitkamp.