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Raider baseball pull back to .500

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The Lake Park-Audubon baseball team bobbed back up to .500 behind sophomore pitcher Mason Swegarden's 13 strikeouts in the Raiders' 9-1 win over visiting Nevis Tuesday.

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The Raiders' (7-7) bats were also prevalent in the victory, as they had seven timely hits, scoring in every inning but one.

"We have hit the ball very well the past couple of games," said LP-A head coach Taylor Fuhs. "Our defense and situational hitting needs to get better, but I am extremely happy with the team's improvement over the year."

The Nevis batters didn't have quite as good luck, as Swegarden pitched 13 strikeouts, allowing one hit and one earned run.

Jackson Nelson cleaned up in the final inning by not allowing a run.

Swegarden helped himself at the plate, as well, by going 2-3 with two RBIs, while Bryce Bartunek was 2-2 with an RBI and three runs scored.

Wes Jaster added two RBIs on one hit.

The Raiders lost to No. 4 Class 1A state rated New York Mills (17-0) 8-1 Friday.

Swegarden was 3-4 offensively, while Dylan Omvig contributed a pair of hits.

Mike Hamre took the loss after giving up seven hits and six earned runs.

The Raiders will travel to Fertile-Beltrami (8-7) Thursday to wrap up the regular season. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Raider results

Nevis at Lake Park-Audubon, Tuesday, May 22.

Nevis 000 100 0 - 1 2 4

LP-A 110 421 x - 9 7 1

Lake Park-Audubon

AB R H Bi

M. Swegarden 3 2 2 2

W. Wixo 2 1 0 1

D. Omvig 2 0 0 1

W. Jaster 4 0 1 2

D. Larson 4 1 1 0

J. Nelson 3 0 1 0

M. Hamre 3 1 1 0

B. Barutnek 2 3 2 1

K. Mickelson 3 0 0 0

T. Vohnoutka 1 1 0 1

D. Hansen 1 0 0 0

H. Erickson 1 0 0 0

Totals 29 9 8 8

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): LPA - M. Swegarden (WP, 6-0) 6-1-1-1-2-13; J. Nelson 1-1-0-0-0-2.

(Follow Brian Wierima on Twitter at @DLSportsGuy.)

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Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN. 
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