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The Perham Babe Ruth team celebrates a big 2-1 win over New York Mills.

Perham takes Babe Ruth 13 Prep title in NY Mills

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As expected, New York Mills and Perham met in the third round of the Babe Ruth 13 Prep tournament. Perham bested NY Mills 2-1 in a pitcher's duel.

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Perham coasted into the championship game to await the battle between NY Mills and Bertha-Hewitt.

Mason Malikowski got Perham on the board early. The leadoff hitter singled and stole second and would eventually score on a Jesse Bucholz fielder's choice.

Collin Nietzke would score the game winner in the second inning reaching on a walk and moving around the bags on two errors and a past ball.

NY Mills would answer in the third. Leadoff hitter AJ Wegscheid reached on a dropped fly in right field and took second on a pitcher's error. He would score on a past ball to cut the lead to 2-1.

That was all the scoring. Both hurlers, Dustin Gaudette for NY Mills and Perham's Dylan Kruzel, would keep each opposing team off the board.

Kruzel fanned the side in the last inning while stranding Damon Tumberg and Evan Perala on second and third base to seal the nailbiter.

Perham overcame six errors in the field, but Kruzel held NY Mills to only three hits and took care of four innings by himself striking out a dozen NY Mills batters.

NY Mills was upset 7-5 by Bertha-Hewitt who would eventually lose the title game to Perham in a game that looked more like football than baseball on the scoreboard.

Bertha took a 6-1 lead before Perham stormed back with 11 runs in one inning on way to a 19-10-championship victory.

The game was suspended twice due to rain.

NY Mills and Bertha-Hewitt were tied at five in the semifinals before Dylan Card and Riley Boghland scored runs six and seven to seal the upset victory for Bertha-Hewitt.

All three teams advance, along with Dent, to the 12-team double elimination state tournament in Perham beginning Thursday, July 29 at 10 a.m. in Perham.

Dent plays Tonka at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 29, at Al Krueger field. NY Mills plays Melrose at Matt's field at 12:15 p.m. Perham battles Fergus Falls at 12:15 p.m. on Krueger, and Bertha-Hewitt follows on Krueger at 2:30 p.m.

Perham-NY Mills 13's babe Ruth results

New York Mills at Perham, Russ Jacobson Field Friday, July 23.

NYM 001 000 0 - 1 3 2

PER 110 000 x - 2 5 6

NY Mills

AB R H Bi

Wegscheid 4 1 0 4

Gaudette 4 0 2 0

Tumberg 2 0 0 0

Skoblik 4 0 0 2

Bauck 2 0 0 4

x-Fischer 0 0 0 0

Haman 2 0 0 0

Hendrickx 3 0 0 0

Weber 2 0 0 0

x-Esala 1 0 0 0

Stafki 2 1 1 0

Perala 1 0 0 0

Totals 27 1 3 0

Perham

AB R H Bi

Malikowski 3 1 1 0

Winkels 2 0 1 0

Bucholz 3 0 0 1

Solberg 3 0 1 0

Nietzke 3 1 1 0

Kruzel 2 0 0 0

DeConcini 2 0 1 0

Bickell 2 0 0 0

Schmitz 2 0 0 0

Totals 22 2 5 1

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): NYM: Gaudette 6-5-2-1-1-4... PER - Kruzel 7-3-1-0-2-12.

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