Pirates comeback in Bluffton
The Pirates ship listed in the water taking damage from the Bluffton Braves for four innings before returning fire and sinking the Braves 7-6 with a late-game rally.
Starting pitcher Tyler Doll was rocked early for four runs in the first inning and tagged in the third on a solo home run by Marc Sweere.
Sweere would pull a hamstring during his home run trot and limp to the plate.
The Braves would manufacture their final run in the bottom half of the fourth and looked in command up 6-0.
The Pirate bats were silent, garnering only a Sam Meyer double in four innings of play.
For all intents and purposes, the boys from Perham seemed dead in the water and their captain on the mound was on the plank.
"I was proud of the team Sunday battling back from the early deficit. We never gave up and knew we were still in the game the whole way through. There was a lot of fight in the guys and they battled through to a great victory," Manager Evan Meece said.
Top of five, three straight singles to start the inning, like cannon fodder, brought Josh Hendrickx and Beau Bruhn home on an RBI single by Johnnie Schmitz and an errant throw by Braves pitcher Cody Geiser.
Geiser had fanned Tay Zieman, but the ball got away from catcher Dustin Geiser, who relayed the past ball to home plate expecting Bruhn to try and score from third. Bruhn held at third and the pitcher's throw to first to try and nab the fleeing Zieman sailed over first base allowing Bruhn to trot home easily.
Bruhn came to the plate again in the sixth with Gavin Biegler on second.
A friendly wind was blowing out to left causing lazy fly balls to soar near the fence all game. Bruhn smacked a fat pitch that soared over the fence and took the wind right out of the Braves sails.
Meanwhile, on the mound, Tyler Doll was a different pitcher. Going to his breaking ball to set up the fastball, he held the Braves hitless from the fifth inning on.
Rumblings went up from the Bluffton faithful and sighs and moans were heard from the crowd, but the Braves held onto a 6-4 lead going into the seventh.
Those moans would turn to quiet in the stretch, as Shane Miller, Doll and the eventual game-winner, Brad Ellingson, would round the bags to take the lead for good.
Ellingson knocked in Miller with a single and a Biegler double brought Ellingson and Doll around for the win.
Doll pitched a complete game, striking out nine, walking five and scattering seven hits.
The Braves threw three men on the mound giving up 11 hits, striking out 13 Pirate batters and walking only three.
Perham at Bluffton Braves, Sunday, July 11.
PER 000 022 300 - 7 11 1
BLU 401 100 000 - 6 7 1
AB R H Bi
Miller 4 1 0 0
Doll 5 1 2 0
Ellingson 5 1 1 1
Biegler 4 1 1 2
Hendrickx 4 1 1 0
Bruhn 4 2 3 2
Schmitz 4 0 2 1
Meyer 4 0 1 0
Zieman 4 0 0 0
Totals 38 7 11 6
AB R H Bi
Vaughan 2 2 0 0
Geiser, C. 4 1 1 1
Dykhoff 4 1 1 1
Sweere, M. 2 2 2 1
x-Marsu 2 0 0 0
Tumberg 4 0 0 1
Geiser, D. 3 0 0 0
Sweere, J. 3 0 1 2
Geiser, M. 1 0 0 0
Seelhammer 4 0 0 0
Geiser, K. 3 0 2 0
Totals 32 6 7 5
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): PER - Doll 9-7-6-5-5-9...BLU - Geiser, C. 6-5-4-3-1-5; Marsu .33-3-3-3-1-1; Dykhoff 2.67-3-0-0-1-7.