Amateur Baseball: League playoffs begin this week
By John George
The Perham Pirates received a solid pitching performance last week as they beat New York Mills, 9-1. Eric Weller struck out 17 Miller batters while scattering seven hits and walking five over nine innings. Mills' only score came on a solo homer in the fifth.
The Pirate offense manufactured the games first run in the third. Shane Miller singled, stole second and third, then scored on a single by Justin Berns. In the fourth, Perham went up 2-0 on a solo homer by Andy Kratzke.
The Pirates broke the game open with six runs in the fifth on three hits. The rally started after a wild pitch on ball four to Justin Berns scored Sam Meyer and Miller. Consecutive RBI doubles by Ryan Enger and Tyler Doll made it 6-0. Doll scored on a ground out and Kratzke capped the inning by scoring on a wild pitch.
After the Millers broke up the shutout in the bottom of the fifth, Perham scored one more in the seventh when Weller scored on a pinch hit RBI single by A.J. Masinas.
Perham ended their regular season Friday at Krueger Field with a 6-2 loss to Detroit Lakes in 10 innings.
Doll went the distance on the mound for Perham, but took the loss as the Angels scored four times in top of the 10th. He allowed 10 hits and two earned runs while striking out four.
The Pirates first two batters, Berns and Enger, scored in the first inning, but they failed to get any across the rest of the game. Detroit Lakes scored single runs in the fourth and seventh before breaking the tie in the 10th.
Perham earned the No. 3 spot in the playoffs by winning the tie-breaker over Bluffton and Detroit Lakes. All three teams finished with a 10-8 league record. The Pirates won the first tie-break by having a better record against HI-10 opponents only. Perham was 8-4 against other HI-10 teams. Bluffton was 7-5 and D.L. was 6-6.
The Pirates finished the regular season with a 11-9 record overall. They open the playoffs Wednesday at Krueger Field with a rematch against New York Mills.
Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Famer Al Krueger sent in a note regarding perfect games. According to Krueger, Mark Bunche (sp?), a player from Battle Lake who was drafted to play for Perham in the league playoffs, pitched a perfect game for the Pirates against New York Mills in July, 1984. Perham won the game, 11-0.
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Dent 2nd in Countryside
The Dent Wildcats finished their regular season with a split with Countryside League rival Pelican Rapids July 18 at Jake Wolford Field.
Dent took game one, 14-0, in six innings. Brandon Fritz struck out 11 Laker batters and allowed just one hit and one walk in the complete game victory. He was also 2-for-4 at the plate with a homer and four RBI.
The 'Cats were up 1-0 when they scored five runs in the third. After a three-run fifth, Dent put the game away with five runs in the sixth. Matt Richter was 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored. Ryan Hendrickson was 3-for-3 and Isaac and Mac Stoll both had two hits a piece.
Fritz started game two, but left with two outs in the third after giving up two runs. Pelican Rapids scored three more in the fourth off Richter, then held off a Wildcat rally in the seventh to win, 5-4.
Steve Branby was 1-for-3 with a home run and Hendrickson was 1-for-3 with an RBI double. Richter, Isaac Stoll and Nick Torgerson all added singles for the 'Cats.
On Sunday, Pelican Rapids capped a busy end to their season with a 6-5 loss at Vergas.
The Lakers went up 3-0 in the first and led 5-2 after five innings. But Vergas fought back, scoring a single run in the eighth before a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings.
The Loons capped the win with a run in the 12th inning.
Marcus Zitzow picked up the win with one inning of relief work on the mound. He was also 1-for-5 with a RBI. Jake Bachman was 2-for-6 with a pair of runs driven in for the Loons.
Dent finished the regular season 12-5, good for second place in the Countryside. They were 6-4 against the five teams in the division and 14-8 overall. They will get a first round bye in the Countryside playoffs.
The Loons finished in fourth place in the Countryside with a 9-8 record. Vergas was just 4-6 against teams in the division and were 13-9 overall.
Vergas will have a rematch with No. 5 Pelican Rapids in the first round of the playoffs on Wednesday in Dent. The winner of that game will take on No. 1 Fergus Falls on Friday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Fergus Falls.
Dent will face the winner between No. 6 Frazee and No. 3 Hawley.
Wednesday, July 15
Perham 9, New York Mills 1
Bertha 10, Detroit Lakes 5
Bertha 9, Detroit Lakes 6
Thursday, July 16
Fergus Falls 12, Dent Bulldogs 2
Friday, July 17
NY Mills 13, Dent Bulldogs 12 (11 inn)
Detroit Lakes 6, Perham 2 (10 inn)
Wadena-Deer Creek 12, Frazee 2
Fergus Falls 6, Bertha 0
Saturday, July 18
Dent Wildcats 14, Pelican Rapids 0 (6 inn)
Pelican Rapids 5, Dent Wildcats 4
Sunday, July 19
Bluffton 6, Detroit Lakes 5 (10 inn)
Wadena-DC 6, Dent Bulldogs 4
HI-10 All League
W-DC Shockers 11-7 9-3
Bertha Blazers 11-7 8-4
Perham Pirates 10-8 8-4
Bluffton Braves 10-8 7-5
Detroit Lakes 10-8 6-6
Dent Bulldogs 2-16 2-10
NY Mills Millers 2-16 1-10
Countryside All League
Fergus Falls Hurricanes 15-2 8-2
Dent Wildcats 12-5 6-4
Hawley Hawks 11-6 8-2
Vergas Loons 9-8 4-6
Pelican Rapids 7-10 3-7
Frazee Flames 4-13 1-9