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PHS Softball: Perham no-hit by defending 8AA champs

Perham shortstop Steph Miller puts the tag down on an Otter Tail Central baserunner trying to steal second. The Bulldogs beat Perham, 13-0.

By John George

Things went badly from the beginning of the Yellowjacket's Section 8AA softball playoff game against Otter Tail Central Tuesday. Two Perham starters were knocked from the game in the first two innings and the Jackets were held without a hit as they were eliminated by OTC, 13-0.

Junior outfielder Natalie Wierbos left the game in the bottom of the first after getting hit on her hand during a bunt attempt. Then in the top of the second, senior starting pitcher Mallory Malikowski was hit by a line drive on her pitching arm and was forced to leave the game.

Freshman Ashley Silbernagel finished the game in the pitching circle, allowing nine runs and nine hits in her first varsity game. Malikowski had pitched in 18 of Perham's 19 regular season games this spring.

Meanwhile, OTC's lefthanded pitcher Calley Nelson struckout 13 Perham batters and walked just three while throwing her no-hitter.

OTC is the defending 8AA champ. They are now 18-3, 11-3 in the Park Region Conference and tied for the PRC Championship with Verndale.

They knocked Perham out of last year's playoffs in the first round, 2-0.

Double elimination begins in the next round of the 8AA playoffs. South sub-section semifinal games played today (May 21) in Frazee at 4 p.m. The sub-section championship and loser bracket semifinal games will be at 6 p.m.

Finale loss

The Lady Jackets lost their final regular season home game on May 14 at Moorhead, 7-3.

Perham had a brief 1-0 lead after three innings, but the Spuds scored all seven of their runs in the next three.

Steph Miller was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Mallory Malikowski and Brooke Mickelson were both 1-for-3 with a double and RBI and Natalie Wierbos was 1-for-2 with a run scored.

Thursday, May 14

Moorhead 7, Perham 3

R- H- E

Perham 0-0-1-0-0-2-0-- 3- 9- 5

Moorhead 0-0-0-2-2-3-x-- 7- 5- 2

Jackets-- Steph Miller 2-4, R; Etta Scheidecker 1-3; Mallory Malikowski 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI; Tara Sailer 1-4, 2B; Jessica Speicher 1-1; Natalie Wierbos 1-2, R; Brooke Mickelson 1-3, 2B, RBI; Suzanne Coleman 1-2, BB.

Pitching IP R H SO BB

Malikowski (10-8) 7 7 5 4 9

Tuesday, May 19

8AA South Sub-Section Playoffs

#5 Otter Tail Central 13, #4 Perham 0

R- H- E

OTC 1-3-3-6-0-0-0--13-13-1

Perham 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-- 0- 0- 4

Jackets-- Miller 0-2, BB; Speicher 0-1, BB.

Pitching IP R H SO BB

Malikowski (10-9) 1+ 4 4 0 5

Silbernagel 5 9 9 1 4

Mid-State (Final) Conf. All

Wadena-Deer Creek 12-0 16-1

Park Rapids 7-3 9-7

Perham 7-5 10-10

Staples-Motley 7-5 8-10

Detroit Lakes 4-8 6-11

Pequot Lakes 3-9 7-13

Crosby-Ironton 0-10 0-16

8AA North

#1 Thief River Falls 9, #8 East Grand Forks 1

#2 Park Rapids 8, #7 Crookston 4

#6 Detroit Lakes 6, #3 Roseau 2

#4 Warroad 0, #5 D-G-F 0


May 21 in Thief River Falls

G1--#1 TRF vs. #4 Warroad, 4 pm

G2--#2 Park Rapids vs. #6 D.L., 4 pm

G5--Winner G1 vs. Winner G2, 6 pm

G7--Loser G1 vs. Loser G2, 6 pm

8AA South

#1 Wadena-Deer Creek 8, #8 Breckenridge 0

#2 Fergus Falls 5, #7 Pelican Rapids 0

#3 Frazee 9, #6 Staples Motley 0


May 21 in Frazee

G3--#1 W-DC vs. #5 OTC, 4 pm

G4--#2 FF vs. #3 Frazee, 4 pm

G6--Winner G3 vs. Winner G4, 6 pm

G8--Loser G3 vs. Loser G4, 6 pm

Saturday, May 23 in Frazee

G10--Loser G5 vs. Loser G6, 1:30 pm

G11--Winner G7 vs. Winner G8, 1:30 pm

G9--Winner G5 vs. Winner G6, 3:30 pm

G12--Winner G10 vs. Winner G11, 3:30 pm

G13--Winner G12 vs. Loser G9, 5:30 pm

Thursday, May 28 (Site TBD)

Section 8AA Championship, 3 pm

(2nd Championship at 5 pm, if necessary)