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Fourth-ranked Park homers past East Ridge

Teammates wait to greet Park's Riley Perryman after she hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning to give the Wolfpack an 8-1 lead. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 4
Park first baseman Heather Degler tags out East Ridge baserunner Kaylee Peterson as they collide on the basepaths in the fourth inning Wednesday in Park's 8-1 win. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 4
East Ridge pitcher Abbey Cook fields the ball and throws to first to get the out in front of Park baserunner Shelby Schabacker. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 4
Park's Saren Croker beats the ball to the plate as she scores for the Wolfpack in the second inning. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

COTTAGE GROVE — Seniors Delaney Young and Riley Perryman used the long ball to lead the fourth-ranked Park Wolfpack to an 8-1 home softball win against visiting East Ridge Wednesday.

Young ripped a three-run home run in the second inning to give Park a 4-1 lead. Perryman followed with a three-run homer of her own two innings later to put the Wolfpack firmly in command.

Sophomore Sam Fohrman went five innings and recorded another pitching win for Park, holding the Raptors to just a second-inning run. Fohrman and the Park defense got off to a bit of a shaky start, but both settled down to play good softball the rest of the way.

East Ridge got on the scoreboard first on a run-scoring double by Molly Seif.

But Park started wailing away in the bottom of the second. Saren Crocker led off with a double, Corinna Loshek singled and Nayelli Pallais drove in one run with a single. That brought up Delaney who powered a three-run shot over the fences.

Park added another run in the third as Crocker doubled again to score Perryman.

In the fourth it was Perryman's turn to sock the long ball as she scored three runs to make it an 8-1 game.

The Wolfpack ran its record to 13-1 on the season and 9-1 in Suburban East Conference play. It was Park's fifth straight win and completed a season sweep of East Ridge. Park won the first game this season by a 4-3 count.

East Ridge slipped to 5-5 on the season and 8-5 overall.

Young went 3-for-3 with two singles and a home run.