Park drops high-scoring game to Laurel

Enterprise photo by Neil Patrick Healy

Park High’s Danielle Babcox, left, connects with a pitch during Park’s season opener against Stillwater, March 29, at Park High School.

Park High softball was in a shootout with the Laurel Locomotives Tuesday, with Laurel pulling away late to take a 15-13 victory.

Danielle Babcox led things off for the Rangers in the first inning with a 3-run homer, highlighting a 6-run inning. With Park up 9-0 in the bottom of the third, Laurel began to chip away at the lead with a 5-run inning thanks to a series of Ranger errors.

Park was clinging to an 11-9 lead in the bottom of the sixth and decided to pull starter Paige Gavne and go to the bullpen. Laurel took advantage and reeled off six runs after a string of hits from the Locomotives to take a 15-11 lead. Park managed to bring two more runs across to cut the deficit to two in the top of the seventh, but Laurel retired two of the next three batters to hold on for the 15-13 win.

Park’s offense went on a tear, tallying 13 runs on 17 hits, including eight extra base hits. Jyll Becker and Skye Ingram had four hits and scored three runs in five at bats apiece, while Paige Gavne and Reagan Frantz each recorded two hits and scored runs — Gavne with two and Frantz with one.

After starting slow, Laurel’s offense finished with a big game, scoring 13 runs on 11 hits, including four extra base hits.

Park’s fielding struggled against Laurel, committing seven errors and giving Laurel extra chances to score. Of Gavne’s nine runs scored on her, only one was an earned run.

The Rangers fall to 2-1 and hit the road again Saturday when they travel to take on the Fergus Golden Eagles. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.