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It must be a rather daunting task to line up next to Yellowjackets at conference meets. Both the girls and boys teams won the Heart O' Lakes Conference Meet at Pelican Rapids. "We had a outstanding team effort from both our boys and girls teams," Head Coach Mike Peterson said.
Conference games are never easy and the New York Mills baseball team found that out in Parkers Prairie dropping a doubleheader to the 1-10 Panthers 19-18 in extra innings and game two 17-7. "It wasn't that we played a couple of bad games last--Parkers just came out and hit the ball all over the field," Head Coach Chris Bushinger said.
Summer is nearing and that means it is playoff time. The New York Mills softball team enters 6A south sub-section play as the number five seed where they will face a familiar foe: the number four Pillager Huskies. The teams have squared off three times this season with the Eagles coming out on top twice by scores of 10-7 and 5-2.
Coming off an upset loss to Frazee on Monday, the Yellowjacket baseball team did not have it any easier Tuesday. The number five AA state-ranked Staples-Motley Cardinals came calling to Al Krueger Field and proved they deserve their position sweeping Perham 6-3 and 13-9 upping their record to 11-1. Perham dropped to .500 at 6-6. Cardinals starting pitcher Gunner Johnson, a crafty southpaw with a dirty curveball, kept the Jacket bats at bay for five innings.
The Perham softball team capped a busy week by throttling an inexperienced Crosby-Ironton team 16-1, a forfeit in three innings and blanking the Rangers 10-0 in game two. The Yellowjackets poured the runs on quickly, eight, three and five runs in the three innings of play in game one. Letdowns can happen when playing an inferior opponent, but Assistant Coach Howie Kangas was on his team to stay in the game. "Don't let your hair down just because you have a big lead," he said. The team kept the pressure on forcing the Crosby-Ironton head coach to concede the game two innings shy of the typi
Somehow, the Mid-State conference tennis tournament was played in moist conditions Friday.
520_SPT_PerBgolf.doc: The Hawley Nuggets boys golf team stretched their conference lead over Perham, in Heart O' Lakes action, winning as hosts of last Monday's HOL meet. The Yellowjackets finished fourth. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton took second and Barnesville finished third. Jacket scores were: Kyle Dykhoff--42; Evan Arvig--43; Nic Smith and Cory Dykhoff both had 45; Alex Phelps shot 47; and Dan Cavanagh shot a 50.
The New York Mills Eagles girls softball team took advantage of some nice weather and strong pitching from Kendra McCall to down Pillager 5-2 Saturday at Frazee. The Yellowjackets also defeated the host Hornets 5-2 in the second half of the three-team tournament. A two-out rally in the third inning erased a 1-0 deficit, as the Eagles scored three runs on five straight hits, including doubles from EmaLeigh Roberts and Micaela Lausten and back-to-back-to back singles off the bats of Jenna Esala, Autumn Roberts and Brittany Lee. NY Mills would add runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a
Vexation was evident in the clubhouse after a seventh-inning rally down from four runs to the 4-4 Frazee Hornets fell three runs short culminating in a disappointing 10-7 out of conference loss for the Perham baseball team. "I'm frustrated with the way we approached the game," Head Coach Hans Hanson said.
The Yellowjacket softball team won its fourth game of the past five with an 8-6 win at Frazee Monday after rain-delayed weeks of non-play. "With nearly a two-week break from game play, our energy level and mental preparedness were not exactly game ready," Head Coach Jill Walter said.