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Perham 14U softball team league champs, headed to state tournament

Front row: Annie Ingebrand, Morgan Byer and Alex Lubitz; Middle row: Amy Scheidecker, Haley Hunter, Allie Doll and Mattie Scheidecker; Top row: Coach Missy Lubitz, Erin Winter,Ella VonRuden, Chelsey Honrud and Coach Joe Doll. Missing from Photo: Coach Courtney Van Den Busche and Kaitlin Stigman.1 / 5
Mattie Scheidecker makes a put-out from second base in Perham's 7-1 victory over Pequot Lakes. Robert Williams/FOCUS2 / 5
Chelsey Honrud scored twice in Perham's semifinal win over Pequot Lakes. Robert Williams/FOCUS3 / 5
Allie Doll struck out 25 batters in three games pitched during the tournament. Robert Williams/FOCUS4 / 5
Ella Von Ruden takes a cut at an offering from Pequot Lakes' pitcher Haley Wiebolt on a sweltering Saturday at Arvig Park. Robert Williams/FOCUS5 / 5

The Perham 14U Lady Jackets softball team won the Northern Lights League championship Saturday with a 5-1 win over Bemidji.

With that win, they advance to the Minnesota State Tournament in Buffalo, Minn.

The Lady Jackets were led by the strong pitching of Allie Doll, striking out 25 batters in three games and strong defense by a number of Lady Jackets. The Jackets used some timely hitting, nearly every Lady Jacket player recorded a hit over the weekend.

In the first game, Perham defeated Baxter 5-0 in the first round. Alex Lubitz was 2-2 with a triple and Haley Hunter was 2-2.

In the second game Perham defeated Pequot Lakes Blue 7-1. Annie Ingebrand scored all three times she appeared at the plate. She had two walks, two stolen bases and one RBI on a single in the fourth inning.

Chelsey Honrud scored twice, reaching in both her plate appearances via base-on-balls.

Perham needed only two hits to score the seven runs. Mattie Scheidecker had a double to go with Ingebrand's single as the only base hits in the game.

Pequot Lakes pitcher Haley Wiebolt issued six walks to go with two critical errors early by shortstop Laura Squires to open the floodgates for Perham.

In the championship game several Lady Jacket players had one hit in the 5-1 victory over Bemidji.

FOCUS Sports Editor Robert Williams contributed to this story.