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Hi-10: Controversial call stuns Shockers in extra-inning loss to Pirates

Taylor Doll pitched a complete game of 11 innings to gain the victory in Perham's wacky, come-from-behind, controversial win over Wadena-Deer Creek. Robert Williams/FOCUS

PERHAM — An ugly baseball game came to an almost fitting ending with a controversial call leading to a last gasp opportunity for the Perham Pirates, who defeated the Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers 8-7 in 11 innings in a Hi-10 East-West battle Saturday night.

After tying at six on the back of a combined nine errors in nine innings between the teams, the game lasted past the worst of the mosquito onslaught at sundown and ended in a wild 11th frame.

With two-out in the top half, Jake Krause skied a two-out solo shot down the left field line off Taylor Doll to give the Shockers a 7-6 lead.

Doll pitched all 11 innings for the Pirates.

Shocker reliever Jayme George retired Doll and Marty Charest on outs made in the infield sending Collin Teich to the plate as Perham’s last gasp.

Teich laced a sinking line drive to left field on a 1-2 delivery that appeared to be caught by J.J. Truax for the final out.

From behind home plate, umpire Terry Weller ruled the catch a trap and awarded first base to Teich.

TJ Studer, who had replaced Jason Herron in the eighth inning, lined a base hit to right field that was booted, then eluded, Shocker right fielder Wyatt Weber allowing Teich to score from first base and Studer coasted into third base as Weber’s throw to the plate sailed into the Pirates’ bench. The entire Pirate team was leaping up and down in celebration as Studer scored on a three-base error for the game-winner.

The reaction from the Shockers was of a less than pleasant nature.

"Everybody in both dugouts saw it," Travis George said. "It was a terrible call."

The comeback was thematic throughout the game for both teams in a seesaw affair. Perham trailed 1-0 after the first and led 2-1 after four. Wadena-Deer Creek tied the game at two in the fifth.

The Shockers took advantage of three Pirate errors in the seventh to score four times and jumped out to what looked like a safe 6-2 lead. Christian Berg had the big hit: a two-out two-RBI triple that scored Truax and Krause.

Perham answered with one run in the home half of the seventh when Gavin Biegler scored on a single by Doll.

Perham tied the game in the eighth on three consecutive hits, all singles, by Studer, Tyler Doll and Gabe Pankonin. Teich had reached batting before Studer on an high throw to the first base bag and scored the first run of the inning. Studer cut the lead to 6-5 on a Pankonin single and Pankonin tied the game at six on a RBI base hit by Beau Bruhn.

Taylor Doll gets the complete game, 11-innings pitched, victory. He allowed seven runs, two earned, while striking out a dozen Shockers, walking four.

Off the bench, Studer was the offensive star for Perham going 2-3 with two singles, the second hit turning into the unearned inside-the-park run for the game-winning score.

Jayme George takes the loss striking out three in 2 ⅔ innings pitched, allowing two unearned runs.

Perham improves to 3-2 and retains sole possession of first place in the Hi-10 West standings. The loss evens the record of the Hi-10 East Shockers at 4-4.

A decent attendance of fans saw a stormy 15 runs on 26 hits and a whopping 13 gaffes on a balmy evening. Both teams put the amateur in amateur baseball Saturday night.

WDC  100 010 400 01 -  7 10 7

PER    001 100 130 02 -  8  16 6

T. George, J. George (9) and Casey Johnson. Taylor Doll and Gabe Pankonin. WP: Doll. LP J. George. HR: Krause. 3B: J. George,  Berg. 2B: Biegler.

 This story was edited from its original version to calm the nerves of a few angered readers.
Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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