Perham defeats TRF-G 2-1, moves on in 8AA playoffs
T.J. Studer won his second consecutive start in a week by the slimmest of margins in Perham's 2-1 victory over eighth-seeded Thief River Falls-Goodridge at Krueger Field Thursday, June 2.
Last Thursday, Studer took to the hill to defeat Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 2-1 in the season finale.
The Prowlers got up early in the first inning on back-to-back two-out doubles to score their only run of the game and they made it hold up until the fifth inning.
The Yellowjackets threatened in the third with a two-out rally. Jordan Hein singled and David Altstadt hit a seeing-eye grounder between first and second base. Gabe Pankonin was induced into flying to center to end the threat.
Perham put two runners on in the fourth inning when Richard Hoffman ripped a long single to the gap in right center. Chris Ruther drew a base on balls, but the next batter, Eric Brauch hit into an inning-ending double play.
Studer retired the Prowlers in order in the top of the fifth and the Perham bats notched a victory for him in the bottom half.
Mac Link singled. Ty Haverland struck out trying to sacrifice Link to second, who remained on the first base bag. The top of the order came up with Jordan Hein, who promptly smoked a double to move Link to third and put the go-ahead run in scoring position.
Altstadt knocked in Link with a base hit moving Hein to third. Pankonin scored Hein on a sacrifice fly to left field. Jesse Hein singled moving Altstadt to second base but Hoffman bounced back to the pitcher to end the inning and the scoring for the game.
Kael Fontaine hit a two-out double in the top of the sixth to put the tying run on second but Studer struck out Jacob Wightman to end the Prowler threat.
The Prowlers made another move at tying the game in their final at-bats. Studer beaned Wyatt Wheeler on a 3-0 count to lead off. Nick Hoffard sacrificed him to second base. Studer nailed the coffin shut fanning the final two Prowler batters to end their season and move Perham into a grudge match with Detroit Lakes Saturday, at 1 p.m., at Krueger Field.
Studer pitched a complete game for the victory. He struck out six, walked one, and allowed one run, earned.
Jordan Hein, Altstadt and Jesse Hein had two hits for the Yellowjackets. Hoffman and Link each had a hit.
The Lakers defeated Roseau 2-1 to advance. Detroit Lakes is 12-8 on the season. Perham is 16-5. Head to head the teams are 1-1 against each other.