Perham Babe Ruth Sweeps Dent, Splits With Moorhead
Perham wrapped up their Timberline League regular season schedule on Tuesday with a double-header sweep of Dent.
Perham scored their only two runs of the first game in the top of the first inning when Mason Malikowski walked, stole second, and scored on a Chase Curtis single. Curtis would score later in the inning when Patrick Murphy reached on an error.
Two runs were more than Perham starter Chandler Rach needed as he was one fourth-inning walk away from being perfect on the hill. Rach pitched the complete game no-hitter, striking out eight Dent batters in the process.
Perham's offense woke up in the second game of the double header putting nine runs across in a 9-4 victory. The majority of the offensive production came from the four through eight hitters in Perham's order as the combination of Jesse Bucholz, Dylan Kruzel, Chandler Rach, Lane Stenson, and Patrick Murphy combined to collect seven of the team's eight hits, score eight of the nine runs, and tally all 5 RBIs. Stenson led the way going 2-3 with a double, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
Dylan Perrine got the start on the mound and picked up the win for Perham. Perrine gave up two runs in four innings of work before being relieved by Nathan Currier.
On Wednesday Perham hosted the Moorhead 15 year old All Star team for a pair of exhibition games. Moorhead put a scare into the home team early in game one, batting around the order in the first inning en route to putting up four runs. Moorhead scored two more in the fourth inning to open up a 6-0 lead.
The Perham offense, which had been held hitless through the first three innings, came to life with back-to-back-to-back singles by Malikowski, Perrine, and Bucholz to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning. Dylan Kruzel then cut Moorhead's lead in half by blasting a bases clearing double. Another trio of singles from Stenson, Murphy, and Alex Tostenson plated two more runs, putting the score at 5-6 after four innings.
Perham picked up where they left off in the bottom of the fifth, as Perrine led things off with a single in front of back-to-back doubles by Bucholz and Kruzel. All three runners would score to account for Perham's final runs in the 8-6 victory.
Kruzel took the hill and pitched a seven inning complete game, limiting the Moorhead All Stars to four earned runs. The win was Perham's eighth in a row.
Perham had held a 5-3 lead in the second game of the night before Moorhead took advantage of some untimely errors that led to a seven run fourth inning for the All Stars. Moorhead won the game 14-5, with eight of the runs being unearned because of Perham errors. Alex Tostenson was the only Perham player with multiple hits, going 2-2 in the game.
Perham will now gear up for their Timberline League playoffs, which will be hosted by Park Rapids and Menahga. Perham opened up tournament play against New York Mills on Tuesday at in Park Rapids.
Both the 13 Year Old and 13-15 Year Old Timberline Babe Ruth League playoffs will begin Tuesday.
The older league was very competitive throughout the season, with the top five teams being separated by only one game in the final standings. Bertha, Park Rapids, and Menahga all finished with identical 12-4 records. Since all three teams split their regular season double-headers, the tie-breaker came down to the team that scored the most runs amongst the tied teams. Bertha won this tie breaker, with Park Rapids coming in second and Menahga third.
New York Mills and Perham had identical records of 11-5 and also happened to split their regular season double-header by identical scores. The tie-breaker for the fourth seed came down to a coin flip which was won by New York Mills.
The bottom half of the bracket was rounded out by Wadena with a 6-10 record, Staples at 5-11, Dent at 2-14, and Frazee at 1-15. Dent and Frazee will face off in a play-in game this weekend to see who earns the right to the 8 seed and an opening round playoff game against Bertha.
The top four teams in the 13-15 Year Old League will advance to the District Tournament which will be hosted by Perham July 26-28.
In the younger division, Park Rapids won the regular season with a record of 16-4. Perham and New York Mills had identical records of 15-5, with Perham winning the tie-breaker by outscoring Mills during their regular season games. Bertha came in fourth with a 10-10 record, while Wadena ended the season 3-17 and Staples came in at 1-19.
The top two teams in the 13 Year Old Division will advance to the State Tournament being played in Avon and Cold Spring July 26-29.