Jackets take two from Flyers
Perham bats sat cold next to the dugout in a light drizzle Saturday for six innings before warming up after noon, leading to a come from behind seventh inning win 4-3 over Little Falls.
The Yellowjackets completed the sweep in the second half of the doubleheader by the same score.
"We're maturing as a team," Head Coach Hans Hanson said. "It's great to have a comeback like that. We got a couple wins against a young, but very good team."
Flyers starting pitcher Aaron Hallberg went the distance holding Perham batters to just two hits through six innings of play. Closing out the game would be another matter.
Speedster Desmine Duffy led off the last frame with a base hit, followed by a single from Jon Langlie.
Hallberg got out of his only prior jam in the third inning when Langlie reached third on a double by shortstop David Stoll.
The pressure mounted on the mound and Hallberg lost control, seeing Duffy score on a past ball, before walking three straight hitters to load the bases. Langlie would score on a walk to centerfielder Mac Link.
Brad Ellingson stepped to the plate with nobody out and the bases still juiced. Ellingson ripped an 0-1 pitch to the power alley scoring T.J. Studer and Mike Warne with the winning tally completing the comeback.
Studer was credited with the win in relief.
Game 2: Perham 4 Little Falls 3
The momentum from the comeback got the Yellowjackets on the board early taking a 2-0 lead in the first.
Little Falls would score all their runs in the fourth inning tying the game at three.
Duffy reached base in the fifth, quickly stole second base and came around with the eventual game winner off the bat of Taylor Doll, who stroked a double off the right field fence.
Shawn Stafki pitched four innings of ball before being relieved by Andrew Muer, who got the win pitching three trouble-free innings.
"I'm pleased with our pitching," Hanson said. "Our hitting and fielding give us something to work on."
Game Notes: Hanson noted after the game the need to shore up his defense. The Yellowjackets committed seven errors in the two games.
Game two saw three pick-offs: one by the Flyers and two from the Yellowjackets. Perham catcher David Stoll also gunned down Little Falls lead off hitter Josh Wenzel trying to nab second base in the third to end the inning.
A rematch from last year's playoffs with Fergus Falls on Friday did not go Perham's way. The Otters won 5-4.
"It was a well-played game," Hanson said.
The coach highlighted the efforts of Doll, who threw a complete game, striking out seven and walking only two.