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Undefeated Eagles shutout Yellowjackets

Tyler Patron pitched a complete game shutout allowing only four hits in the Eagles' victory over Perham Thursday. Robert Williams/FOCUS

PERHAM — The red hot No. 5A New York Mills Eagles won their 17th consecutive game shutting out No. 7AA Perham 7-0 on the road in front of the season's largest crowd at Krueger Field in non-conference baseball action Thursday.

New York Mills remains undefeated on the season thanks to a complete game, four-hit, shutout thrown by senior Tyler Patron. Patron and fellow senior Brandon Kupfer have not been scored upon this season sporting ERAs of 0.00.

“They were hitting it hard but it was right at us,” Patron said. “You can tell they’re a good ballclub.”

The Eagle offense gave Patron some comfort loading the bases in the first two innings and pushing a pair of runs across both times for an early 4-0 lead.

Nick Kupfer and Adam Patron scored in both innings, and each added a third run as insurance late accounting for six of Mills’ seven runs.

Tucker Skoblik scored with Nick Kupfer on a two-out, two RBI single by Brandon Kupfer in the top of the seventh.

Nick Kupfer also robbed Jaden Meyer of a hit on a hard liner up the middle that Kupfer snagged while sprinting toward second base. Kupfer had a big game doing his job at leadoff going 4-5, with three singles, a triple, two stolen bases and three runs scored.

Kupfer’s triple was the only extra base hit of the game.

Adam Patron was 3-5 with one RBI and three runs.

“We were raking the ball,” Tyler Patron said. “We have it clicking right now.”

The top four in the order: Nick Kupfer, Adam Patron, Brandon Kupfer and Tyler Patron combined for 11 of the Eagles 14 hits. NY Mills outhit Perham 14-4.

Tyler Patron retired Perham in order four of seven innings and was threatened with runs only in the third inning when Perham had runners on first and second with nobody out.

“My splitter was working pretty good,” Patron said.

A nice play by Brandon Kupfer on a Nate Currier sacrifice bunt down the first baseline to get the lead runner Mason Malikowski at third base stifled the third inning rally.

Tyler Patron sealed the game starting a 1-6-3 double play in the bottom of the seventh and clinched the game catching a pop near the third baseline.

Josh Still took the loss for Perham. Still allowed four runs on nine hits, walked two and struck out six. CJ Mulcahy pitched the final three innings allowing three runs on five hits and he struck out the side in his first inning on the mound - the fifth.

Patron went the distance allowing four hits, striking out three with no walks.

The rematch ignited a rivalry that had been stale since 1998. Perham defeated New York Mills 12-2 the last time the two clubs met.

“It’s huge,” said Patron. “We all know there’s a rivalry there. We’ve all seen each other in Babe Ruth; we know who they are.”

New York Mills plays Lake Park-Audubon Friday. Perham finishes the season with a record of 16-2 and both clubs will prepare for the playoffs next week.

“I’ve got goosebumps,” said Patron. “It’s crunch time and we’ve got to take it a game at a time. Anything can happen at state.”

NYM 220 001 2 — 7 14 1

PER 000 000 0 — 0 4 2

WP: T. Patron; LP: J. Still; 3B-Nick Kupfer

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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