Perham splits conference opener double dip with Staples-Motley
PERHAM — After a lackluster performance in the season opener dropping the first game of a doubleheader 10-3 to the Staples-Motley Cardinals, the Perham Yellowjackets’ offense caught fire earning a split with a 15-5 ten-rule shortened game in six innings in Mid-State baseball action here Tuesday.
“Game one we came in with not a lot of intensity,” Centerfielder Josh Still said. “No one was cheering; we expected to blow them out and that bit us in the butt really bad.”
Still started the game two scoring barrage with a leadoff home run, his second homer of the day, cutting an early Cardinals lead to 2-1. CJ Mulcahy scored on an Austin Erickson single and Eric Brauch gave Perham their first lead of the day 3-2 scoring on a sacrifice fly to centerfield by catcher Jaden Meyer.
The Cardinals grabbed the lead again in the top of the third inning on consecutive singles from Jordan Wick and Seth Auger. Wick scored Devon White from third base and Auger knocked in Jalen Busker.
Busker pitched consistently in game one to lead the Cardinals to the 10-3 victory.
“I’m disappointed how we approached that first game,” Head Coach Hans Hanson said. “I think we were excited to play being outside for the second time all year. We certainly didn’t adjust. Give that pitcher (Busker) credit; their lefty is a nice pitcher and for us to see him right away, he did what he had to do to keep us off balance.”
“It was our first game and we played against one of the best pitchers in the conference,” said Still.
Perham answered in the bottom of the third in the nightcap on a three-run home run by Joey Lindberg. Jon Laughlin and Erickson rounded the bases on Lindberg’s trot giving Perham the lead for good 6-4.
Eric Brauch and Jon Laughlin scored in the fourth inning and Brauch put the game out of reach with a grand slam in the a five-run fifth inning to put Perham within reach of the ten-run rule 13-5. Brauch led all hitters with 5 RBIs. Lindberg had three. Auger led the Cardinals with three batted in.
The Yellowjackets added two runs in the sixth to end the game an inning early in the sixth as temperatures dropped into the 40s by the 8:10 p.m. finishing time and a 15-5 final score.
Perham avoided being mercy-ruled in game one trailing 10-0 in the fifth. Jack Stigman hit a two-out infield single to deep shortstop to score Griffin Helmeke. Perham added two in the seventh for the 10-3 loss. Stigman started the game on the mound versus Busker and took the loss.
“I give the kids credit bouncing back from that first loss and come back and get a win,” Hanson said. “We’ll take that. We’ve got things to work on, as does everybody but we don’t have much time.”
The match-up was a rematch of last year’s conference championship, where Perham swept Staples-Motley in Staples for the Mid-State crown.
The game time temperature was 57 degrees to start the day and a stiff wind was blowing consistently out to left field.
Perham showcased their hitting power by launching four home runs.
“This team should hit well,” said Hanson. “Our hitting, I’m very pleased with. Overall, I thought we did a really good job with our hitting. Our pitching, you have to plan for six games this week, so that’s what we did.”
Laughlin was 3-4 with three runs scored.
Perham will continue conference doubleheader play hosting Detroit Lakes Thursday at 4 p.m. and traveling to Pequot Lakes Saturday for an 11 a.m. double dip.
In other Mid-State action, Detroit Lakes swept Wadena-Deer Creek 8-3 and 10-3. Winning pitchers were Tyler Gebhart and Connor Johnson. Losing pitchers for the Wolverines were Matt Laughlin and Isaac Laughlin. Park Rapids swept Crosby-Ironton Tuesday by scores of 6-1 and 13-0 (5 innings). Winning Panther pitchers were Dee Dirks and Jay McCollum. Jacob Leonhardt and Ben Jordan took the losses for the Rangers.
Mid-State Conference baseball
Staples-Motley at Perham, Al Krueger Field, Perham, Minn. Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
S-M 202 010 – 5 9 3
PER 303 252 – 15 14 2
AB R H Bi
M. Kossan 4 0 0 0
White 3 2 2 0
Busker 2 3 2 0
Wick 2 0 1 1
Auger 2 0 2 3
Denning 3 0 1 0
Holub 3 0 0 0
Friedel 3 0 1 0
E. Kossan 3 0 0 0
x-Fischer 1 0 0 0
Totals 26 5 9 4
AB R H Bi
Still 3 2 1 1
Stigman 5 2 1 0
Mulcahy 4 2 2 1
Brauch 3 3 2 5
Laughlin 4 2 3 0
x-Carlson 0 1 0 0
Erickson 4 1 2 1
Meyer 3 0 0 0
Lindberg 2 1 1 3
Graham 3 1 1 0
Totals 32 15 14 11
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): S-M – M. Kossan (LP 0-1) 2.1-7-6-5-2-1; White 2-3-6-5-1-0; Auger 1.2-3-2-2-4-1…PER: Mulcahy (WP 1-0) 4-6-4-2-1-3; Still 2-2-1-1-0-1.
DP—Staples-Motley 1. LOB—S-M 5, Perham 11. 2B—S-M Wick, PER Mulcahy. HR—PER- Still (2), Lindberg, Brauch. SB—S-M - Busker (1), White (1); PER - Brauch (2), Erickson (2), Laughlin (1). SF—S_M - Wick, Auger; PER Meyer, Brauch, HBP—PER - Brauch, Mulcahy.