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Warriors build up early lead, hold off Perham

Perham's Josh Jeziorski rips an RBI single for the Yellowjackets during the seventh inning against Warroad on June 6 in Perham. Submitted photo

The Warroad Warriors used their high potent offense to advance to the Section 8AA Championship game with a 9-5 victory over the Perham Yellowjackets at Krueger Field in Perham on June 6.

The Warriors built up a 9-0 lead and held onto it as Perham scored five runs and loaded the bases in the seventh inning. But, Nicholas Streiff recorded the final out via the strikeout, closing out the game for the Warriors.

The Warriors averaged 11 runs per game during the season and scored 34 runs in their first two playoff wins. Their offense was advertised, belting out 11 hits and scoring nine runs. Phillip Ness hit two home runs and drove in three runs, while Jaron Moyer, Brennan Foster, Streiff and Max Marvin had two hits each.

The offense was more than enough for Beau Wilmer, who allowed two runs on three hits. He struck out nine and walked four in six and a third of work. Wilmer was pulled after giving up a walk and a single, before striking out the final batter he faced.

The Warroad bullpen struggled and Moyer walked four batters before giving way to Streiff. Streiff eventually stopped the Perham rally with a strikeout and the bases full.

Ness gave Warroad the lead with a two run home run in the second inning. Warroad tacked on two more runs in the third and extended the lead with three runs in the fifth. Streiff drove in two in the fifth with a two run single. Foster drove in a run in the sixth and Ness went deep again in the seventh, staking the Warriors to a 9-0 lead.

Bases loaded walks to Jace Kovash and Nick Lindberg brought in two runs for the Yellowjackets in the seventh. Josh Jeziorski brought in a run and Dawson Stevens plated a run when he reached on an error. Another run came around to score on a wild pitch, yet Streiff shut the door. Streiff struck out two of the four batters he faced in relief.

Nick Lindberg took the loss for Perham. He went five innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits. He struck out five, while walking one and hitting one batter.

Kovash, Lindberg, Jeziorski and Gavin Meyer had hits in the game for Perham.

The Warriors are now in the driver’s seat of the Section 8AA playoffs. They sit at 18-5 overall and will need to be defeated twice in the championship. The Yellowjackets fall to 17-7 overall and will have to play an elimination game against Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on June 8 at Krueger Field at noon.

DGF 10

Frazee 0

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton staved off elimination for the second time, dismantling the Frazee Hornets, 10-0, in six innings at Matt’s Field in Perham.

The Rebels scored a pair of runs in the first and never looked back. They added a run in the second and the fourth, before breaking it open in the fifth and sixth innings. They tacked on four in the fifth and closed it with two in the sixth.

Taylor Irwin earned the win on the mound. He allowed five hits in the shutout effort. He struck out five batters as well. Irwin set the table at the top of the order as well, collecting four hits and three runs scored.

Nathan Leitner added a pair of hits as did Adam Weatherly for the Rebels.

Frazee 5

Park Rapids 4

The Hornets used a fifth inning rally, pulling themselves past Park Rapids Area, 5-4, in an elimination game at Kreuger Field.

Logan Wacker and Rory Drewes delivered a pair of key hits in the fifth inning. Wacker drove in a run with an RBI double and Drewes followed with a two-run triple, giving Frazee a 4-3 lead at the time. The Hornets added another on an RBI single by Tanner Tappe, making it 5-3.

Tappe’s RBI single proved to be the difference as Park Rapids Area’s Austin Jerger hit a solo home run, cutting it to one. However, Wacker closed the door in relief after that. He struck out six and walk just two batters, recording the save. Jonathan Hoffmann got the win, pitching two innings of relief. He allowed three hits.

Drewes had two hits and two runs batted in for Frazee, while Wacker, Tappe and Dalton Smith had hits for the Hornets.

Park Rapids was cruising along until the fifth inning. They scored a run in the second and two in the third. Gabe Bagstad took the loss. He gave up four runs on four hits. He struck out two and walked two.

DGF 7

EGF 5

The Rebels held off a late rally, eliminating the defending Section 8AA champion, East Grand Forks, 7-5, in a rematch of last year’s championship game.

The Rebels built up a 7-2 lead after six innings, but the Green Wave rallied for three runs. The Rebels were able to escape, leaving a runner at third base, ending the game.

Carter Kohler finished with three hits and a pair of runs scored. The Rebels had eight hits total in the win. Andrew Oberg earned the victory on the mound for the Rebels.

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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