Yellowjackets winners of seven straight
After losing the first two games of the season, the Perham Yellowjackets baseball team has reeled off seven consecutive victories to a typical Perham record of 7-2.
Tuesday afternoon, the Yellowjackets took it to visiting Crosby-Ironton 13-2 and 6-1.
The Rangers, who had only played a pair of games this season drop to 1-3 on the season.
David Altstadt, Eric Brauch and closer Mark Schumacher combined on a one-hit one-run allowed performance in the nightcap.
Perham got started early on a Jordan Hein double and back-to-back singles from Altstadt and Brauch. Hein scored on Altstadt's base hit.
With Altstadt and Brauch aboard, Jesse Hein launched a bases clearing home run. Perham led 4-0 after sending eight men to the plate.
Reed Olander's single was the only Ranger hit of the game.
The opening game of the twin bill was all Yellowjackets highlighted by a seven-run second inning.
Perham added four in the third and a pair of runs in the fourth to give starter Chris Ruther plenty to work with on the mound in the 13-2 blowout.
Altstadt scored three times. Brauch led the way with three runs batted in.
Jackets sweep Staples
A dozen seniors from last year's 23-4 Section finalist Staples-Motley Cardinals baseball team departed via graduation. The Cardinals are not the same team and the Perham Yellowjackets gave them a stiff reminder sweeping a doubleheader at Krueger field 13-0 and 4-1.
The same match-up occurred last May with the Cardinals sweeping Perham 6-3 and 13-9 in far sunnier conditions at Krueger.
Adding a little mustard to this series' Yellowjacket sting was David Altstadt's no-hitter in game one.
Altstadt fanned seven and walked six in the minimum five innings of play. The 10-run mercy rule was in effect.
Five errors in the field kept the Staples-Motley side of the scoreboard from reflecting goose eggs all the way across.
Jesse Hein led the Yellowjackets at the plate going 2-2 with a walk, a double and a monster two-run home run to right field.
Altstadt helped himself out going 2-2 at the dish. He was hit by a pitch, scored two runs and knocked in two runs.
Jordan Hein crossed the plate three times to lead all Jackets in runs scored.
Up 8-0 after two innings, Perham salted game one away with five runs in the fourth to enact the mercy rule after five.
Head Coach Hans Hanson sat a few starters and played the bench in the nightcap.
A three-man attack on the mound recorded the sweep.
Eric Brauch got the win pitching four innings, allowing three hits, an earned run. He struck out four and walked only one.
Chris Ruther set up Mark Schumacher for the save pitching the fifth and sixth innings, allowing two hits and no runs, while striking out three and walking a pair.
Schumacher recorded the save pitching the seventh, allowing a hit and walking a batter.
Brauch was a one-man Cardinal wrecking crew-going 2-3 at the plate with a triple, a run scored and two RBI to compliment his work on the mound.
Jackets sweep Patriots
The Perham baseball team traveled to Pequot Lakes last Friday evening and returned with a doubleheader sweep by scores of 9-1 and 12-1.
The Jackets got on the board early as lead off hitter Jordan Hein (3 for 5, 3 Runs, 2 RBI) started the game with a single and was brought in on a sacrifice fly by Eric Brauch.
Junior catcher Gabe Pankonin and Mark Schumacher each had three hits on the day, along with Hein.
Pitcher TJ Studer pitched six strong innings allowing only five hits and striking out three.
In the second game, pitcher Jesse Hein dominated the strike zone with a complete game six-hitter while striking out eight Pequot Lakes batters.
The offense for the Yellowjackets put up 12 runs on 13 hits. Five of the Perham starting nine players, Pankonin, Jesse Hein, David Alstadt, Schumacher and David Stoll had two hits each.