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Base: Sweep of Staples-Motley sets up a battle of Mid-State unbeatens

Perham's Nathan Currier steals second base as the throw is wide of the bag. The Yellowjackets cruised to a Mid-State Conference doubleheader sweep over Staples-Motley. Jason Groth/FOCUS

Perham-The Perham Yellowjackets did their job, as did the Detroit Lakes Laker baseball team.

The two teams swept Mid-State doubleheaders on Tuesday, April 28, setting up a battle of the top-two unbeaten teams in the Mid-State Conference on Thursday, April 30 at Al Krueger Field at Tuffy’s Stadium.

The Lakers swept Wadena-Deer Creek, 10-3 and 11-1, improving to 8-1 overall, and 8-1 in the Mid-State Conference.

The Yellowjackets breezed to a doubleheader sweep of Staples-Motley, 8-0 and 25-1, improving to 7-0-1, and 5-0-1 in the Mid-State Conference.

Last season, the Yellowjackets swept Detroit Lakes, 9-1 and 14-4, en route to an 11-1 conference record.

First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 4 p.m.

Game 1

The Perham Yellowjackets used a strong performance at the plate from Dylan Kruzel, and dominant pitching performance from Chandler Rach on their way to an 8-0 victory over Staples-Motley.

Kruzel and Rach each drove in two runs for the Yellowjackets. Kruzel delivered a two-run home run, while Rach brought in a pair with a triple.

Rach pitched five scoreless innings to get the win. He allowed one hit, while walking two. He struck out three, and escaped the only trouble he faced in the third when the Cardinals put two runners on base.

Chase Curtis finished the game on the mound. He pitched two scoreless, allowing two hits and two walks.

The Yellowjackets jumped ahead with an RBI double from Dylan Perrine in the first.

Rach's two-run triple in the second made it 3-0, and an RBI single from Nate Currier, stretched it to 4-0.

Joe Solberg and Patrick Murphy each drove in runs in the third. Solberg hit a run scoring double, while Murphy hit a sacrifice fly.

That was more than enough for Rach, who cruised through the lineup. The lone hit came from Shawn Trantina in the third.

Kruzel put the finishing touches on the game for the offense, launching a two-run home run over the fence in left.

Currier, Perrine, Solberg and Hanson each drove in a run as well for the Yellowjackets.

Game 2

The Yellowjackets completed the sweep with a convincing 25-1 win in game two.

The Yellowjackets took advantage of Cardinal pitching, breaking out for a 13-run second inning, en route to the 24-run win.

Mason Malikowski drove in six runs for the Yellowjackets. He finished the game with a double and two singles.

Patrick Murphy, Chase Curtis and Alec Meyer drove in two runs each.

Murphy and Curtis finished with two hits each in the win.

Nathan Currier earned the win relief. He pitched two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit, while striking out two and walking one.

Dylan Perrine started on the mound. He allowed one run in two innings of work. He walked two and hit one batter.

Alex Tostenson pitched the final inning for the Yellowjackets. He allowed one hit, while striking out one batter.

The Yellowjackets quickly erased a 1-0 deficit with three runs in the first inning. The Yellowjackets put the game away with a 13-run second inning.

Malikowski and Curtis drove home two runs each in the inning, while Perrine, Murphy, Tostenson, Rach and Kruzel had RBIs in the frame.

Perham tacked on three more runs in the third inning, and added six more in the fourth for the lop-sided win.

Brady Smith suffered the loss for Staples-Motley. Smith went an inning and 1/3. He allowed 11 runs on two hits, he walked six and hit two batters.

The Yellowjackets capitalized on 11 walks, four hit batters and five Cardinal errors.


Game 1

S/M  0 0 0 0 0 0 0-- 0 3 0

Per   1 3 2 2 0 0 x-- 8 8 2

WP: Chandler Rach

LP: Tanner Fischer

HR: Dylan Kruzel


Game 2

S/M  1 0 0 0 0—1 3 5

Per  3 13 3 6 x—25 11 1

WP: Nathan Currier

LP: Brady Smith

HR: None


Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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