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Kristina Januszewski led the Yellowjackets to two wins during weekend play. Also pictured is secondbaseman Tiana Lynne.

Perham softball takes 3rd place at Frazee Invite

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The Perham softball team "got busy" in their first game of the season on way to taking two games out of three at the Frazee Softball Invitational.

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Holding on to a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning, the team came into the dugout with threats for Fargo Shanley of "big inning" and "let's get busy."

They did, plating four runs on back-to-back singles from Natalie Wierbos and Etta Scheidecker. Brita Sundberg and Steph Miller scored on the two hits after reaching base on errors by the Deacons' defense.

Kristina Januszewski dominant pitching performance was matched at the plate. Her first inning base hit scored Scheidecker and Kaila Formanek.

The Yellowjackets were strong both offensively and defensively.

"Our pitching should be strong this spring with Januszewski and Ashley Silbernagel," Head Coach Jill Walter said. "It was good to see our bats come alive to start off our season."

After a 9-3 loss to eventual tournament runners-up Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, the Jackets faced host Frazee for third place after over an hour delay between games.

Januszewski and Silbernagel arms were not affected by the break, as the pair combined to silence the Frazee bats allowing only one run. Januszewski held the Hornets hitless for five innings before Silbernagel was brought in to close out the game.

Miller led off the game with a walk and came around to score. Scheidecker and Formanek also rounded the bags. By the end of the first inning the Jackets had all the runs they needed to wrap up third place. Scheidecker would score in the fourth and Tiana Lynne would add the final run in the fourth.

The left side of the infield was strong on defense. Scheidecker at third base and Miller at shortstop made difficult plays look routine bailing both pitchers out of potential jams.

"Our infielders are experienced in their positions and play well together," Walter said. "We do have some kinks that we need to work out, but these girls know we are here to compete each game and to improve each practice. With a busy week ahead, we plan to do just that."

Game notes: Catcher Formanek was able to play through a tweaked knee. She singled in her first at-bat of the season and collapsed after mis-stepping on the first base bag.

"Kaila does amazingly well behind the plate and is very agile for having had ACL surgery, but her worry is more with the running of bases," Walter said.

The Yellowjackets are dealing with a number of other injuries, Januszewski's hip, Scheidecker has a quadriceps issue and Jessica Speicher is dealing with her hand and elbow. Despite these nagging ailments, the Yellowjackets didn't show it.

Three Yellowjacket hitters will enter their next game at Pelican Rapids with three-game hitting streaks. Miller, Formanek and Januszewski reached base safely in all three contests.

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Robert Williams
Robert has been the Sports Editor for the Focus since 2010 covering multiple state and national championship teams and is a mainstay at state tournaments each season covering the successful, athletic programs of Perham and New York Mills High Schools.
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