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Yellowjackets earn home sweep of Frazee

Perham's Patrick Johnson charges in and flips the ball from the glove to his throwing hand before tossing it across the diamond for the out. Jason Groth/FOCUS1 / 2
Perham second baseman Elias Hoffman gets in front and fields the ground ball against Frazee. Jason Groth/FOCUS2 / 2

The Perham baseball team stretched its winning streak to nine straight with a pair of key Heart O’Lakes Conference victories over the Frazee Hornets, 11-1 and 8-5, at Kreuger Field in Perham.

The Yellowjackets have a stranglehold on second with the victory and now have the Barnesville Trojans in their sights for the No. 1 spot in South Subsection and the HOL conference.

Perham 8

Frazee 5

The Yellowjackets dug out of a 5-2 whole and rallied back for an 8-5 doubleheader sweep of the Hornets.

Conor Breitenfeldt earned the win in relief of Matt Benke. Benke was making his second consecutive start on the mound. He ran out of gas in the third, allowing four runs on three hits. He struck out one and walked one, coming off a strong start game one.  Breitenfeldt allowed one run on one hit, he struck out one and walked three batters.

Jace Kovash lead the charge at the plate. He drove in five runs and had two hits. His two-out double in the seventh gave the Yellowjackets some insurance, scoring Breitenfeldt and Ty Moser.

Zach Peterson slides in with a stolen base.

Moser set the table at the top of the order. He finished with three hits, two runs scored and drove home a run. Roo Schmitz finished with two hits and reached base four times, while Zach Peterson ended with two hits and reached base four times.

Schmitz and Moser plated runs in the first and second innings, before the Hornets stormed back with five runs in the third.

Perham answered, evening the game back in the fourth. Kovash drove in two with a double and Schmitz plated a run when he reached on an error.

Ty Moser swipes second base against Frazee.

Perham grabbed the lead for good in the sixth inning. Moser led off with a single, swiped second and moved to third on a passed ball. Kovash lofted a fly ball to centerfield, which allowed Moser to score the go-ahead run.

Nick Endersby was tagged with the loss for Frazee. He gave up six runs on nine hits. He struck out three, walked three and hit one batter.

Perham 11

Frazee 1

The Yellowjackets did not have to rally from an early deficit as they turned on the offense in the first inning, cruising to an 11-1 victory.

Matt Benke was staked to a 4-0 lead and that was more than enough for the senior. He settled into a groove early, allowing just one run on two hits in the mercy rule shortened game.

Matt Benke delivers to the plate.

Ty Moser had two hits and three runs batted in. His big knock was a towering home run to right field, which extended the Perham lead to seven at the time. He scored two runs as well. Nick Lindberg added three hits and two runs scored. Elias Hoffman, Zach Peterson and Pat Johnson had two hits each in the win.

Benke allowed two hits in five innings of work. He struck out six and walked one batter. Thomas Stenger took the loss for Frazee. He worked four plus, allowing 11 runs on 14 hits. He struck out one and walked one batter.

Nick Lindberg doubled in a run in the first, while Roo Schmitz and Zach Peterson brought in runs as well with singles.

Perham added another run in the third on a perfectly executed squeeze play. Ryan Kalina dropped down the bunt which scored Lindberg, making it 5-0.

Moser extended the lead with his blast in the fourth and Perham closed it out with a four run fifth.

The Yellowjackets improve to 13-4 overall and 8-2 in the Heart O’Lakes Conference. They head on the road on May 22, traveling to New York Mills to take on the Eagles at 6 p.m. They close out the regular season with a pair of games against Barnesville on May 25 at 4 p.m.

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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