Base: Yellowjackets take game one of doubleheader
Pequot Lakes-In a matchup of previous unbeaten baseball teams against Mid-State Conference competition, the Perham Yellowjackets edge the Pequot Lakes Patriots 9-7 in the first game of a doubleheader on Thursday, April 23, in Pequot Lakes.
The second game ended in a 4-4 tie after six innings because of darkness.
“I thought that both teams could have played better the first game,” said Perham coach Hans Hanson. “There were too many walks, and plays that should have been made. The second game was a good game with both teams pitching and hitting well.”
The Yellowjackets improve to 5-0-1 while the Patriots are 4-1-1 in conference play.
“We had two errors that really hurt us in the first game,” said Pequot Lakes coach Jon Kotaska. “We had a passed ball where a (Perham) runner scored from third on a close play at home. It the runner was out, maybe would have allowed few runs in the inning.”
In the opener, the Patriots assumed an 2-0 lead in the first on an RBI double by Austin Mesenbrink and Kody Kettleson’s sacrifice fly. The Yellowjackets came back with four runs on six hits in the bottom of the second sparked by Alec Meyer two-run single.
Pequot Lakes added a run in the bottom of the inning on Justin Olson’s RBI single. The Yellowjackets took advantage of six walks to score five times in the top of the fifth. The big hit that inning was a two-run single by Andy Hanson. The Patriots cut the deficit to 9-5 with an unearned run in the bottom of the inning.
Pequot Lakes added a pair of runs in the seventh, and had bases loaded with two outs when reliever Pat Murphy ended the game with a strikeout.
Dylan Perrine, Pat Murphy and Chase Curtis each had two hits for Perham while Olson and Mesenbrink had three hits each for the Patriots.
The second game was a pitching duel between Mesenbrink and the Yellowjackets’ Dylan Krusel. Perham assumed a 1-0 lead in the first Nate Currier led off with a double and later scored on a sacrifice fly. Pequot Lakes responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning on Jared Sewall’s two-run double.
The Yellowjackets regained a 3-2 lead with a pair of runs in the third that came home on Krusel’s double and Alex Tostenson’ infield single. The Patriots tied it in the bottom of the inning as Davich doubled and scored on a ground out.
The Yellowjackets took a 4-3 lead in the fourth when Curtis walked and later scored on a single by Perrine. Pequot Lakes tied it in the sixth on Josh Buell’s two-out RBI single. The umpires ruled earlier that the game would end after six innings because of darkness, and will count as a tie.
Davich finished with three hits while Buell had two. Currier, Perrine and Krusel each had a pair of hits for Perham.
“We had some mistakes that I hope we can learn from,” Kotaska said, “but I think we proved to ourselves that we can play with a team as good as Perham.”
Perham 9 10 2
Pequot Lakes 7 12 2
WP: Alec Meyer. LP: Chad Christianson. 2B: PL-Christianson, Austin Mesenbrink; Per-Dylan Perrine. 3B: PL-Mesenbrink.
Pequot Lakes 4 7 0
Perham 4 10 1
2B: PL-Connor Davich; Per-Nathan Currier, Dylan Kruzel.