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Pirates defeat Millers 7-1, advance in Hi-10 playoffs

Pirate catcher Brad Ellingson made a fashion statement busting out the stirrups for the first time this season and made a statement late in the game with a two-RBI double. Robert Williams/FOCUS1 / 5
Millers third baseman Mike Baune had a particularly busy night at the hot corner tallying 11 assists in a night that saw 13 five-to-three put-outs. Robert Williams/FOCUS2 / 5
Perham second baseman Justin Berns and Millers first baseman Drew Schultz saw each other at the bag twice early as Berns got off to a hot start with singles in his first two appearances. Robert Williams/FOCUS3 / 5
Jake Brockpahler makes solid contact but like 13 other swings, the ball ended up in the glove of a third baseman for one of 13 put-outs from third base. Robert Williams/FOCUS4 / 5
Chris Ruther beats a throw to Adam Patron for Perham's second run and the eventual game-winner. Ruther had a big night going 3-4 with three singles and scoring twice. Robert Williams/FOCUS5 / 5

PERHAM -- A complete game from starter Tyler Doll and a team collection of 11 hits helped the Perham Pirates advance to the final three in the Hi-10 playoffs.

Perham defeated New York Mills 7-1 Friday evening at Krueger Field.

J.T. Laughlin and Chris Ruther each scored in the second and fourth innings to give Perham a 4-0 lead midway through the game.

Ruther had a big night with three singles in four appearances and a stolen base.

Drew Schultz knocked in Dan Koch - pinch running for Josh Hendrickx - in the sixth inning to pull the Millers within three runs down 4-1.

The Pirates answered back in the bottom half of the sixth with three runs to put the game away.

Catcher Brad Ellingson hit a two-RBI double to score Doll and Gavin Biegler.

Jake Kalina walked, moved to second on a past ball and scored on a Taylor Doll single.

Doll purposely over-ran the first base bag and created a hotbox that allowed Kalina to score from third base.

Doll was out on the play.

Tyler Doll cruised on the mound pitching all nine innings, allowing one run on six hits. He walked two and sent eight Millers back to the dugout by way of strikeouts.

Third base was a hotspot for put-outs. 13 plays ended on the score sheet 5-3 with Miller third baseman Mike Baune making 11 assists in the game. An error in the first inning kept Baune from tallying a dozen.

Josh Hendrickx just missed the game's only home run with a 350-foot double that bounced midway up the fence in centerfield to start the sixth inning.

He gave way to pinch runner Dan Koch, who eventually scored the only Millers' run.

Hendrickx took the loss pitching 5.2 innings. He fanned one Pirate, walked nobody, allowed seven runs, four earned on eight hits.

The Pirates' second and sixth innings were identical with three singles and two runs scored.

The Pirates will face Detroit Lakes in Audubon today, Saturday, July 28, at 3:45 p.m. for the right to face the Bertha Blazers, in Bertha, in Sunday's Hi-10 championship.

Both the Millers and Pirates have qualified for the Region 14C tournament.

The Millers are the four-seed. The loser of Perham and Detroit Lakes will be the third seed from the league.

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Hi-10 baseball Playoffs

New York Mills Millers at Perham Pirates, Krueger Field, Perham, Minn. Friday, July 27.

NYM 000 001 000 - 1 6 4

PER 020 203 000- 7 11 0

New York Mills


Huwe 4 0 1 0

Brockpahler 4 0 0 0

Hendrickx 4 0 2 0

x-Koch 0 1 0 0

Hamann 3 0 1 0

x-Salo 1 0 0 0

Schultz 2 0 1 1

x-Rohr 1 0 0 0

Kupfer 4 0 0 0

Burg 3 0 0 0

Patron 3 0 0 0

Baune 3 0 1 0

Totals 32 1 6 1



Biegler 5 1 1 0

Ty. Doll 4 1 1 0

Ellingson 4 0 1 2

Bruhn 5 0 0 0

Laughlin 4 2 1 0

Ruther 4 2 3 0

Schmitz 1 0 1 0

x-Kalina 1 1 0 0

Tay. Doll 4 0 1 1

Berns 4 0 2 1

Totals 36 7 11 4

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): PER - Doll (WP) 9-6-1-1-2-9...NYM: Hendrickx (LP) 5.2-8-7-4-0-1; Brockpahler 1.1-2-0-0-1-2; Hamann 1-1-0-0-1-0.

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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