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PHS Softball: Perham crushes C-I

By John George

The Perham girls softball team couldn't have asked for a better start to their season. The Yellowjackets opened their season at Crosby-Ironton Tuesday and destroyed the Rangers, taking the first game 23-0, and completing the sweep with a 19-2 win in game two.

It turns out that Mallory Malikowski wouldn't have needed 23 runs to pick up the win in game one. One would have done the trick. The senior pitcher looked in mid-season form, tossing a no-hitter while striking out three and allowing no walks. An error in the fourth inning prevented Malikowski from getting a perfect game.

Offensively, every starter in the Perham line-up had at least one hit and one run scored, and six players had at least two RBI. Steph Miller had the hottest bat, going 4-for-5. Tara Sailer was 3-for-5 with five RBI.

Miller stayed hot in game two, going 5-for-5 with a double and triple.

Malikowski also stayed hot. She picked up another win on the mound, allowing six hits and a pair of third inning runs. At the plate, she was 3-for-4 with four RBI.

The Jackets led 7-2 when they exploded for 12 runs in the fifth inning.

Non-conference foes

The Lady Jackets will have a couple of weeks before they return to Mid-State Conference action. They begin their non-conference schedule today (April 16) against D-G-F. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. in Glyndon.

This Saturday, Perham will head to Frazee for the Hornets Invitational Tournament. The Jackets first game is scheduled for 10 a.m.

Perham will remain on the road for their next game on April 20 at Pelican Rapids.

Tuesday, April 14

Perham 23, Crosby-Ironton 0 (G-1)

R- H- E

Perham 2-4-8-7-2--23-20-0

C-I 0-0-0-0-0-- 0- 1- 4

Jackets--Steph Miller 4-5, 2B, SB, 3 R, 3 RBI; Natalie Wierbos 1-5, HBP, 2 BB, 4 R; Tara Sailer 3-5, 2 2B, 2 SB, 3 R, 5 RBI; Mallory Malikowski 2-5 ,2 SB, 2 R, 2 RBI; Jessica Speicher 1-5, 2 BB, 4 SB, 2 R; Tiana Lynne 1-3, BB, 2 SB, R, 2 RBI; Brittnee Hersch 3-5, 3 SB, 3 R, 2 RBI; Lauren Guck 2-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI; Kristina Januszewski 3-4, 2B, 3 SB, HBP, 3 R, RBI.

Pitching IP R H SO BB

Malikowski (1-0) 5 0 0 3 0

Perham 19, C-I 2 (G-2)

R- H- E

Perham 2-3-0-2-12--19-22-0

C-I 0-0-2-0-0-- 2- 6- 3

Jackets--Miller 5-5, 2B, 3B, SB, 4 R, 3 RBI; Wierbos 1-3, 2 BB, 2 R, RBI; Malikowski 3-4, Sac, SB, 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI; Sailer 4-5, 3 2B, 3 SB, R, 3 RBI; Speicher 1-4, 2B, R, RBI; Etta Scheidecker 2-4, 2 2B, 2 SB, 3 R, 2 RBI; Guck 3-4, 2 SB, 3 R, 2 RBI; Januszewski 3-4, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI.

Pitching IP R H SO BB

Malikowski (2-0) 5 1 6 5 4