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Chris Ruther no-hit Pelican Rapids in Dent, while the offense gave him an early cushion scoring 10 times in the first three innings. Photo courtesy Jeff Meyer/Pelican Rapids Press
Chris Ruther no-hit Pelican Rapids in Dent, while the offense gave him an early cushion scoring 10 times in the first three innings. Photo courtesy Jeff Meyer/Pelican Rapids Press
Perham kicks off baseball playoffs Thursday with plenty of arms
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DENT -- The Perham Yellowjackets will face Breckenridge in the first round of baseball playoffs Thursday, in Perham, at 5 p.m. One thing Perham has going in its favor is solid starting pitching.

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Jesse Hein, Eric Brauch and Chris Ruther all present viable options for wins on the mound.

Ruther showcased his viability in the second to last regular season game pitching a mercy-rule shortened five-inning no-hitter against Pelican Rapids in Dent.

Ruther fanned six and walked none in the victory.

Two late Perham errors spoiled a perfect game.

Perham scored all ten runs in the first three innings, including a six-run second that put the game out of reach quickly.

Brauch led the way at the plate going 2-3, with a double and three RBI. Ivan Nodsle had a double and knocked in two runs. Jack Stigman was 2 for 2, scoring twice with one RBI.

Pelican 000 00 0 0 2

Perham 163 0x 10 8 2

Batteries:

Perham Chris Ruther (W) and Gabe Pankonin , Joey Lindberg 5th

Pelican Ian Johnson (L), Luke Halbakkan 2nd and Tanner Grahn

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