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Pirates defeat Wildcats 8-2 on Tuffy Stadium opening night

Eric Weller tags out Eric Brach in the second inning of Perham;s 8-2 victory over Dent. Bob Williams/FOCUS1 / 6
Darin Stoll makes a play outside the first base bag in foul territory. Stoll and Pirates' first baseman Jesse Hein combined for three nice defensive plays in that area during the game. Bob Williams/FOCUS2 / 6
Darwin Bachmann rings a batter up during the opening night of Tuffy Stadium on the Fourth of July. Bob Williams/FOCUS3 / 6
Tyler Doll turns two getting Eric Weller at the second base bag and relaying to first for the double play. Bob Willams/FOCUS4 / 6
Jesse Hein led all hitters with a 4-5 night. Hein had two singles, two doubles and two RBI. Bob Williams/FOCUS5 / 6
The new brick facade of Tuffy Stadium changed play in the first game by sending stray balls back toward the plate much faster than the old wood backstop. Bob Williams/FOCUS6 / 6

PERHAM -- The Perham Pirates defeated the Dent Wildcats 8-2 on the opening night of the new Tuffy Stadium at Krueger Field on a sticky and sweaty Independence Day evening.

Perham took a 2-0 lead into the sixth inning of a five-inning pitchers duel between Taylor Doll and Dent's David Stoll.

Gavin Biegler scored in the first inning on a single by Jesse Hein to give Perham an early 1-0 lead.

Hein had a big night at the plate going 4-5 with two singles, two doubles and two runs batted in.

Beau Bruhn scored in the fourth to bump the lead to 2-0 trotting in from third base on a single to right field by Taylor Doll.

Isaac Stoll scored the only two runs of the game for Dent. He cut the lead in half in the top of the fifth scoring on a base hit by Andy Kratzke.

By the time Stoll scored in the seventh inning the deficit had been made larger.

Eric Brauch and Jack Stigman scored on a two-out clutch double by Gabe Pankonin in the bottom of the sixth. Pankonin scored on Tyler Doll's single.

The two-out rally for three runs upped the Pirate lead to 5-1.

Hein scored on a Stigman single in the seventh.

Tyler Doll and Biegler put the final two runs on the board in the eighth.

Biegler tripled home Doll. Hein doubled home Biegler.

Taylor Doll got the win on the mound going seven strong innings.

He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth and was helped out defensively by two inning-ending double plays.

Doll helped himself to end the second. He started a 1-6-3 double play to get Eric Weller at second and David Stoll at first base.

Tyler Doll ended the sixth inning with an unassisted out at second base on a grounder by Tyler Soderstrom. Doll tagged the bag to retire Dylan Anderson and relayed to Hein at first base to get Soderstrom by a couple steps.

Taylor Doll allowed nine hits and both runs, which were earned. He walked and struck out three batters.

Jonnie Schmitz pitched the eighth and ninth innings, allowing one single to David Stoll.

He struck out Darin Stoll, Anderson and Jesse Biddle to end the eighth.

In the ninth, all three Wildcat batters were retired by pop-ups, none of which left the infield.

David Stoll pitched four innings, allowing five hits, two earned runs. He walked four and fanned three in a no-decision.

Weller took the loss pitching 3.1 innings of middle relief. He allowed six earned runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out one.

Isaac Stoll cleaned up the final two outs fanning one and allowing a hit.

Despite one error, Tyler Doll made a number of excellent defensive plays at shortstop for Perham.

Brauch started the game by robbing Isaac Stoll of a hit with a sliding catch in centerfield for the first out.

Hein ended the first inning and the game with a pair of nice catches in foul territory outside first base.

A major change in play at Krueger Field due to the construction choice of brick for the façade is the bounce of balls fouled back, or scooting by catchers.

The brick façade will make it more difficult to score from third on catcher miscues and wild pitches.

Tuffy Stadium Opening Night; Dent Wildcats at Perham Pirates; Krueger Field, Perham, Minn. Wednesday, July 4.

DEN 000 010 100 - 2 9 1

PER 100 103 12X - 8 11 1



I. Stoll 4 2 1 0

Schornack 4 0 0 0

Ronning 5 0 3 1

Kratzke 4 0 1 1

Weller 4 0 0 0

Dar. Stoll 4 0 1 0

Dav. Stoll 4 0 2 0

Guehna 2 0 0 0

x-Anderson 2 0 1 0

Soderstrom 3 0 0 0

x-Biddle 1 0 0 0

Totals 37 2 9 2



Pankonin 4 1 2 2

x-DEllingson 1 0 0 0

Ty Doll 4 1 1 1

Biegler 3 2 1 1

Hein 5 1 4 2

B.Ellingson 5 0 0 0

Bruhn 4 1 1 0

Brauch 2 1 0 0

Stigman 3 1 1 1

Tay. Doll 4 0 1 1

Totals 35 8 11 8

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DEN: D. Stoll 4-5-2-2-4-3; Weller (LP) 3.1-5-6-6-3-1; I. Stoll 0.2-1-0-0-0-1. PER - Tay. Doll (WP) 7-9-2-2-3-3; Schmitz 2-1-0-0-0-3.

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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