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Yellowjacket bats come alive

Shortstop Steph Miller guns an assist to Brita Sundberg covering first base in Perham's victory over Bagley to open the Frazee tournament.

The Perham Yellowjackets softball team got the bats out hammering 31 runs in the two games played at the Frazee tournament.

The tournament was reformatted and moved to Monday, May 16, after cancellations in April and over the past weekend due to inclement weather.

Perham defeated Bagley 16-5 in the opener and pounded Pelican Rapids 15-4 in the second game.

The Yellowjackets took advantage of timely hits in the first inning against Bagley and were aided by the ball eluding Flyer gloves on a few close plays that could have ended the inning putting up five runs early.

Sophie Byer laced a double scoring Natalie Wierbos and Etta Scheidecker. Brita Sundberg, Abby Kalina and McKenzie Leslie all knocked in runs in the first frame.

Bagley answered with a two-out rally to score three in the bottom half of the first and added another run in the second to cut the lead to one, 5-4.

But Perham would score in each of the remaining three innings, six in the third, three in the fourth and two for good measure in the fifth, to enact the 10-run mercy rule.

Bagley's lone run in the top of the fifth cut the score to 14-5, demanding the Jackets score at least one in their half of the fifth to keep from going the distance.

Ashley Silbernagel was the winning pitcher of record.

With the 16-4 thumping of Pelican Rapids, the Yellowjackets ended a six-game skid to start up a two-game win streak.

Perham improves to 4-11 on the year. Pelican Rapids also has four wins on the season and Bagley dropped to 8-5.

In other scores from the tournament, Frazee handed Detroit Lakes only its third loss of the season in a 9-8 thriller.

Detroit Lakes opened the tournament with a convincing 16-1 victory over Pelican Rapids. The Lakers are 10-3 on the year.

Results from the Frazee versus Bagley game were unavailable at press time.

In play from last week, Perham was swept by Staples-Motley, 13-3 and 15-7.

The Cardinals pounded out 11 hits in both games and pitcher Megan Vetsch got the victory pitching in both games. The doubleheader was another in the many make-up games from earlier in the season.

Staples-Motley sits in fourth place in the Mid-State Conference standings at 5-5. Perham is sixth at 2-8. Detroit Lakes and Pequot Lakes are tied at the top with matching records of 8-2.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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