Perham baseball sweeps Staples-Motley
A dozen seniors from last year's 23-4 Section finalist Staples-Motley Cardinals baseball team departed via graduation. The Cardinals are not the same team and the Perham Yellowjackets gave them a stiff reminder sweeping a doubleheader at Krueger field 13-0 and 4-1.
The same match-up occurred last May with the Cardinals sweeping Perham 6-3 and 13-9 in far sunnier conditions at Krueger.
Adding a little mustard to this series' Yellowjacet sting was David Altstadt's no-hitter in game one.
Altstadt fanned seven and walked six in the minimum five innings of play. The 10-run mercy rule was in effect.
Five errors in the field kept the Staples-Motley side of the scoreboard from reflecting goose eggs all the way across.
Jesse Hein led the Yellowjackets at the plate Jesse Hein going 2-2 with a walk, a double and a monster two-run home run to right field.
Altstadt helped himself out with also going 2-2 at the dish. He was hit by a pitch, scored two runs and knocked in two runs.
Jordan Hein crossed the plate three times to lead all Jackets in runs scored.
Up 8-0 after two innings, Perham salted game one away with five runs in the fourth to enact the mercy rule after five.
Head Coach Hans Hanson sat a few starters and played the bench in the nightcap.
A three-man attack on the mound recorded the sweep.
Eric Brauch got the win pitching four innings, allowing three hits, an earned run. He struck out four and walked only one.
Chris Ruther set up Mark Schumacher for the save pitching the fifth and sixth innings, allowing two hits and no runs, while striking out three and walking a pair.
Schumacher recorded the save pitching the seventh, allowing a hit and walking a batter.
Brauch was a one-man Cardinal wrecking crew going 2-3 at the plate with a triple, a run scored and two RBI to compliment his work on the mound.
After starting the season 0-2, the Yellowjackets have reeled off three consecutive wins to up their mark to 3-2.