Jackets Split with Little Falls
The Yellowjacket baseball team traveled to Little Falls Monday for a non-conference double header picking up a split. With 13 days of practice, rain and snowouts, the Jackets used the time to work on fundamentals and it showed.
In game one, Perham was trailing 1-0 in the top of the fourth, when three singles by Jordan Hein, Jesse Hein, David Alstadt and a ground ball RBI by Eric Brauch scored two runs.
Jesse Hein was on the mound and pitched four strong innings allowing just one run and getting ahead of hitters. In the fifth, however the Flyer bats started timing Hein and and capitalized on the opportunity, scoring three runs to take the lead 4-2.
David Stoll finished the game at pitcher after relieving Hein with one out in the top of the fifth.
Game two started with a bang. Jordan Hein and David Alstadt each reached base in the top of the first inning and Jesse Hein blasted a three-run homerun to get the Jackets on the board early.
In the bottom of the inning, Little Falls centerfielder Josh Wenzel led off with a solo homerun. The Flyers then rallied for another run off starting pitcher TJ Studer with Mitch Dorn's RBI single scoring Joey Hanowski.
In the third, Perham scored two more runs. Eric Brauch scored Alstadt with a single and a sac fly by David Stoll brought in Jesse Hein. In the sixth inning, Little Falls scored two runs off of relief pitcher Garret Biegler, taking a 7-6 lead.
In the top of the seventh, Jesse Hein got the rally started with a walk, followed by a double by Brauch. Hein tied the game with a ground ball RBI by David Stoll. With the score tied, one out, Brauch on third base and Richard Hoffman at the plate, Coach Hanson put on the suicide squeeze. As Brauch broke for home plate, Hoffman squared around and executed a perfect bunt to allow the run to score. Mark Schumacher got his first save of the season.
Schumacher pulled off a rare feat of striking out four batters in the inning. After getting two batters to strike out, he struck out the 3rd, but an error by the catcher allowed the runner to reach base, Schumacher then went on to officially strike out his fourth batter of the inning to retire the Flyers.
W- Aaron Hllberg L- Jesse Hein
2B LF-Josh Wenzel
W- Garrett Bielgler L- Josh Wenzel
2B- LF -Joey Hanowski, P- Eric Brauch,
HR- LF- Josh Wenzel, Joey Hanowski P- Jesse Hein