Baseball: Jackets continue to roll Mid-State opponents
PERHAM — After a third doubleheader conference sweep in four series, the Perham baseball team has a firm grasp of first place in the Mid-State Conference at 7-1.
Perham had little problem with visiting Detroit Lakes in a pair of games that were moved to Perham Thursday due to poor field conditions at Washington Park.
The Yellowjackets defeated the Lakers 9-1 and 14-4.
Perham is averaging a conference high 11.1 runs per game while allowing a conference low 2.8 rpg to their opponents.
Josh Still was nearly unhittable allowing one Laker hit and no runs in five innings of work in the opener. It was the first pitching victory for Still who holds an ERA of 1.75 through 12 innings on the mound. Still also scored twice and had a RBI double in the game.
The Jackets blew open of 1-0 game with a seven-run third inning to take control.
Mason Malikowski cleaned up the final two innings on the mound.
Dylan Kruzel, Tanner Carlson and Jaden Meyer had multi-hit games.
Meyer was 3-4 with a RBI.
Carlson was 2-3 with a run scored.
Kruzel was 2-4 with a double, RBI and one run scored.
CJ Mulcahy and Jake Lueders also had hits for the Yellowjackets.
Eight separate Perham batters scored in the game.
Perham 14, DL 4
Perham put one more man across the plate in the nightcap as nine Yellowjackets crossed home plate in the 14-4 rout.
Kruzel continued to swing a hot bat going 2-4 with three runs scored, a home run, and a pair of RBI.
Kruzel leads Perham this season batting .538 with 14 hits in 26 appearances, 22 at-bats. He holds team-high marks of 12 runs, 14 hits, 18 RBI, batting average, and five home runs.
Nathan Currier had three RBI and a run scored as Perham built a 12--run lead.
Detroit Lakes made the Yellowjackets go the distance scoring twice in the third and fourth innings to cut the lead to 12-4.
Perham added two runs late.
Kruzel was also the winning pitcher throwing four innings, allowing four runs, three earned; he fanned five and walked two and allowed four hits.
Carlson and Malikowski each pitched in relief. Neither allowed a nit or a run.
DL falls to 3-7 overall and 2-6 in the Mid-State.
Perham has won five straight games - the last four by eight or more runs. The Jackets enter a three-game set of non-conference games facing Fergus Falls Monday and Pelican Rapids Tuesday, both on the road. Perham will play D-G-F at home next Thursday, May 10, before wrapping up conference play the following week.