Baseball team remains positive, confident after loss

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Senior captain Riley Dvorak slides into second base during Park's first regular season game against Edina. Park scored the first run of the game, but lost 3-1.

Despite today’s loss to the Edina Hornets, head baseball coach Brian Kelly said he is pleased with the team’s performance and believes the Orioles outplayed Edina.

Kelly said the team began mentally preparing on the bus, bringing a focused mindset onto the field.

“I thought we hit the ball better, I thought we pitched better,” Kelly said. “I love the way we were prepared and focused coming off of the bus, I loved everything about what took place on the field.”

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Senior Zach Listiak celebrates after getting a double in the early innings of the game against Edina on Apr. 12.

Senior captain Riley Dvorak said the game presented a good opportunity to play before two weeks without scheduled games.

“We are not playing for two more weeks so it was good to get out, and I thought we played really well,” Dvorak said. “We outplayed them, but they just got some lucky bounces.”

Dvorak said throughout the game the team held a strong defense.

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Senior captain Shea Pekarek follows through on a swing late in the game against Edina. Park fell to Edina 3-1 after Edina scored three unanswered runs in the fourth inning.

“I thought I hit very well and pitched well. And, our team, we played good defense,” Dvorak said.

According to Kelly, the team is satisfied with their performance and is focusing on improving throughout the season.

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Junior Luke Boyum throws a pitch in the sixth inning after replacing senior Riley Dvorak. Parked played their first game against Edina on the turf field at Edina Community Center.

“We’re pleased with how we played,” Kelly said. “I think weak teams overreact with a result, but we’re not result-based, we’re process-based and I loved the process today.”


The Orioles take on Richfield at 6 p.m April 17 at Dakota Park.