Baseball: Perham wins three of four to end regular season play
WADENA — Hopes for a third straight conference title were ironically dashed by rainfall as the Perham Yellowjacets lost 2-0 to Wadena-Deer Creek in a weather-shortened five-inning game Tuesday. Perham won the opening game of the double-dip 2-1 in Mid-State Conference baseball action.
Perham needed to win their final four games in the conference to challenge for the top spot, which will now be decided between No. 20-A Detroit Lakes, Park Rapids and Staples-Motley.
Staples-Motley is 9-3. Both DL and Park Rapids are 8-2 and square off in two games Thursday, May 23 in Detroit Lakes. Sole possession of the Mid-State crown will go to either team that can sweep the doubleheader. A split will present a three-way tie with the Cardinals.
Eric Brauch pitched a complete game in Perham’s 2-1 victory for his second straight win on the hill. Brauch allowed one unearned run on only two hits while striking out 10 Wolverines.
Jack Stigman, Jaden Meyer, Austin Erickson and CJ Mulcahy all had one hit for Perham. Erickson and Meyer scored Perham’s two runs in the fourth inning. Meyer crossed the plate with the game-winner.
Stigman took the loss in the rain-shortened 2-0 Wolverines’ victory. Both runs were unearned. Stigman struck out three and walked two in four innings of work.
Perham was held to three hits coming off the bats of Mulcahy, Meyer and and JT Laughlin.
Jackets sweep Patriots
PEQUOT LAKES — Perham ended conference play Wednesday with a sweep of Pequot Lakes. Perham finished Mid-State play with a record of 8-4 and 11-5 overall.
Perham outscored Pequot Lakes 15-1 in a 5-0 shutout and a 10-1 victory.
Sophomore Joe Solberg led Perham in the opener going 2-3 with a double and two runs scored. Brauch had a home run and a team-leading two RBIs in the shutout win.
Mulcahy pitched six solid innings allowing four hits, walking three and fanning a pair of Patriots. Josh Still cleaned up the seventh inning in relief.
The top three in the batting order Still, Mulcahy and Brauch all had three hits each in the 10-1 regular season finale. Still jacked a home run and Brauch had a double, each with three RBIs. The trio scored half of Perham’s runs.
Stigman had two base hits for Perham’s other batter with a multi-hit performance. He scored twice.
Erickson pitched six innings for the win striking out eight batters and allowing one earned run. Still cleaned up the seventh again.
Playoff brackets have yet to be announced for Section 8AA, as team's await the conclusion of the Mid-State Conference race Thursday in Detroit Lakes.