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Eagles after conference championship

Strong pitching and defense have propelled the Eagles to the top of the Park Region Conference standings as they look to wrap up the title versus Ottertail Central.

The formula for victory continued for the New York Mills Eagles baseball team ending in a doubleheader sweep of conference foe Parkers Prairie, 5-4 and 10-0.

But the Osakis Silverstreaks snapped the Eagles win streak at seven games with a 13-7 victory at home in Osakis, Friday, May 13.

The Silverstreaks are ranked 14th in the most current Minnesota Class A baseball rankings. The victory upped their record to 9-5 and ended a three-game losing skid.

The Eagles' remain unranked with a record of 11-3.

Complete games have been the norm for the Eagles and stayed that way in the sweep over Parkers Prairie.

The Panthers scored three in the second inning and one in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead, but the Eagles scored the final three runs in the last two frames for the game one victory.

Brandon Kupfer pitched all seven innings giving up four runs, three earned on six hits. He walked seven and struck out five holding on for a tight 5-4 victory.

Tyler Patron scored twice going two for four in the game with two singles.

Adam Snelgrove scored twice reaching base on a walk and a single.

Mason Roberts scored the game winner in the top of the seventh reaching on a base hit and moving around the bags on wild pitches.

Kupfer allowed a base hit to open the bottom half of the seventh, but Austin Samuelson was picked off first base by Eagle catcher Tristan Huwe. After retiring the second batter of the inning, Wyatt Samuelson doubled and advanced to third on a wild pitch.

Kupfer fanned Kevin Hahn stranding the tying run, Samuelson, at third to end the game.

The Eagles blew up in game two enacting the 10-run mercy rule blanking the Panthers 10-0.

Seven Eagles, Roberts, Tanner Wegscheid, Kupfer, Patron, Spencer Imsande, Sam Slieter and Shane Novak, all scored in the third inning.

Roberts and Patron added a pair of runs in the fourth and Roberts scored his third run of the game to end the contest early in the fifth inning.

He doubled and scored on a Kyle Vordebruggen base hit.

Patron pitched the full five innings allowing only three hits. He struck out five and did not walk a Panther batter.

Roberts was 2-4 scoring three times with a RBI to lead the way. Slieter was 2-3 with a run scored. Seven Eagles hit safely in the game two victory.

The Eagles sit atop the Park Region Conference standings at 8-1. Ottertail Central is second at 6-3 and come calling to Smith Field late Tuesday.

Scores from Tuesday's doubleheaders were unavailable at time of press.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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