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PHS Baseball: Hanson going for 200th win

By John George

Perham traveled to Little Falls Saturday and took on a talented Flyers team. Both games of the doubleheader were close, but the Jackets dropped both, 5-4 and 9-7.

In game one, Perham got on the board with a pair of first inning runs. Shane Miller and Brad Ellingson had back-to-back singles to start the game. Miller scored on a sac fly by Nate Schmitz and Ben Bucholz brought in Ellingson with a RBI single. The Flyers answered with a pair of runs in the home half of the first.

Perham regained the lead in the fifth when Schmitz scored on a RBI single by Anthony Ruther.

After Little Falls scored two in the sixth for a 4-3 lead, the Jackets tied the game in the top of the seventh. Shawn Stafki led off with a double and eventually scored on a bases loaded walk.

Tied 4-4 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, the Flyers' Riley Hirsch would get a base hit to send teammate Peter Suska to third base. In the next at-bat, Logan Kalis nailed a base hit to right field, bringing in Suska for the game-winning run.

Kalis would strike again for the Flyers in game two. His two-run double in the sixth inning broke open a 7-7 game to give the Flyers the sweep.

Little Falls was up 2-0 when Perham scored three times in the top of the fourth thanks to a pair of walks and a two-run single by Ellingson.

The Jackets added two in the fifth and two more in the sixth to tie the game.

"We played better than we did against Crosby-Ironton," head coach Hans Hanson said. "They (Little Falls) are a tough team. We pitched ok, but our walks gave us issues. We did hit better though. I saw some good things from this group. I like playing tougher teams, even though we took a couple losses."

Monday at Upsala

The Jackets broke out their bats Monday in a 14-7 win at Upsala/Swanville.

Eleven players had at least one hit as he Jackets knocked out 15 safeties in the game.

Shane Miller led the way going 3-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored. Tyler Lynne went 2-for-3.

Miller was one of five Jackets with multiple RBI. Nate Schmitz drove in four runs while going 1-for-3.

Upsala/Swanville beat Perham in last year's season opener, 8-3.

Hanson goes for 200

The Jackets will continue their non-conference schedule this week when they host Section 8AA rival Fergus Falls on April 24. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Krueger Field. Perham knocked the Otters out of last year's playoffs with a 5-2 win in the second round.

Yellowjacket head coach Hans Hanson will be going for career win 200. His career record at PHS is 199-60, a win percentage of .768

Perham will get back to Mid-State Conference competition on April 28 when they host Park Rapids. The Jackets have won six of their last seven games against Park Rapids. The two teams did not play last year because of two rainouts.

Saturday, April 18

Little Falls 5, Perham 4 (G-1)

R- H- E

Perham 2-0-0-0-1-0-1-- 4-10-1

LF 2-0-0-0-0-2-1-- 5- 9- 1

Jackets-- Shane Miller 2-4, R; Brad Ellingson 1-2, R; Shawn Stafki 1-2, 2B, R; Nate Schmitz 0-3, BB, R, RBI; Ben Bucholz 2-4, RBI; Anthony Ruther 1-2, 2 BB, RBI; Gavin Biegler 0-2, 2 BB; Tyler Lynne 2-3, BB, RBI; Jeremy Lahr 1-3.

Pitching IP R ER H SO BB

Ellingson 2 2 2 3 2 4

Stafki 3 0 0 1 3 2

Ruther 1 2 2 3 0 2

Lynne (0-1) 1 1 1 3 0 0

Little Falls 9, Perham 7 (G-2)

R- H- E

Perham 0-0-0-3-2-2-0-- 7-12-2

LF 0-2-0-2-3-2-x-- 9-15-1

Jackets-- Miller 0-3, BB, RBI; Ellingson 2-4, SB, 2B, R, RBI; Ruther 2-4, BB, HR, 2 RBI; Biegler 3-4, 2B, 2 R; Sam Meyer 2-3, BB, 2B, R; Ben Brill 1-3, BB, 2B, RBI; Andrew Muer 1-3, BB, 2 R; Ben Omberg 1-3, BB, 2B.

Pitching IP R ER H SO BB

Doll 4 4 2 6 5 2

Lahr 1 3 3 3 0 1

Omber (0-1) 1 2 2 2 0 0

Monday, April 20

Perham 14, Upsala 7

R- H- E

Perham 2-0-3-0-0-6-3--14-15-1

Upsala 3-0-0-4-0-0-0-- 7-13- 1

Jackets-- Miller 3-3, BB, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI; Ellingson 1-4, R, RBI; Brill 0-0, BB, R; Ruther 0-2, 2 BB, 2 R; S. Warne 1-1, R; Schmitz 1-3, BB, 2B, 4 RBI; Bucholz 1-2, R; Stafki 1-3, R; Biegler 0-2, Sac, 2 RBI; Lahr 1-1, BB; Lynne 2-3, 2B, R, RBI; Omberg 1-2, R; Meyer 1-1, BB, 2 RBI; M. Warne 2-2, BB, R, 2 RBI; Langlie 0-2, R; Muer 0-2, BB, R.

Pitching IP R ER H SO BB

Schmitz 3 3 3 6 4 1

Bucholz 2/3 4 4 4 0 0

Miller (1-0) 3 1/3 0 0 3 3 2

Mid-State Conf. All

Perham 2-0 3-2

Staples-Motley 3-1 4-3

Wadena-Deer Creek 1-1 1-2

Pequot Lakes 0-0 1-0

Detroit Lakes 0-0 1-1

Park Rapids 0-0 0-0

Crosby-Ironton 0-4 0-5