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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The umpire received news at the end of the seventh inning that a thunderstorm that dumped over three inches of rain between Detroit Lakes and Perham was eight miles away. He called the game with the Millers down 5-1. There was just enough time for a fireworks show and that is more than can be said for the Millers' bats. Midway Snurdbirds starting pitcher Jake Lund held the Millers to two hits, one run, fanning six and walking four. Chad Keskitalo and Jarrod Norton got the only hits for the Millers.
Many holidays make one nostalgic for times gone by. As a kid growing up in Detroit Lakes, July 4 was always a holiday amongst holidays.
Head Coach Tim Kupfer had to juggle a few pitchers but the formula remained the same for the NY Mills Babe Ruth 14-15's, who outscored Menahga 16-4 in two games to remain undefeated. VFW baseball rules only allow pitchers to throw seven innings per week and having already played games, other players had to take over mound duties. Adam Patron and Daniel Kraft combined to shut down the Braves in a 3-0 game one shutout. The duo allowed only one hit, walked none and struck out two. The typically high-powered NY Mills offense was held in check by Menahga starter Shawn Roth, who threw four innin
The fireworks started early on July 3, the New York Mills day of baseball. The 13-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team enacted the ten-run mercy rule twice winning 14-1 and 11-1 over visiting Frazee. A 12-run first inning was enough runs for both games and then some. All but one NY Mills starter scored in game one. Zach Bauck had a big day at the plate with two base hits and four RBI. Tucker Skoblik followed suit with two singles, three runs scored, two RBI and a walk.
The New York Mills Babe Ruth 14-15's baseball team stared a first defeat in the eyes and did not even blink scoring four runs in their last at-bats to defeat Vergas 5-4. They remain undefeated at 12-0. "Sometimes good teams get lucky," the field umpire said exiting the field. Luck was certainly in NY Mills' favor. Nick Kupfer started off the rally with a lazy fly ball to left that somehow eluded the left fielder's glove. A pop to the pitcher and strikeout left Kupfer standing on second base with two out.
Whether you are in New York Mills, Perham or both there will be plenty of baseball and fireworks to go around. On July 3, New York Mills is hosting a day of baseball. The 13-year-olds, originally scheduled to begin play at 10 a.m., will now start at noon. Babe Ruth follows, and the nightcap features the Millers versus the Midway Snurdbirds at 8 p.m. All games will be played at Russ Jacobson field in Smith Park.
The Lund Mania fishing tournament will take place Friday, July 2 on Ottertail Lake. Teams will compete for over $30,000 in prizes, including a 1625 Rebel XL SS Lund boat, Mercury 50 4-stroke ELPT EFI motor and Shoreland trailer to the winner. The top 10 entrants, by the combined weight of fish caught, will be featured in a parade in New York Mills at 6:30 p.m.
The weather cooperated, along with the fish at the first annual Battle of the Pines fishing tournament held last weekend. "A lot of fish were caught and everyone had a good time," Organizer Craig Swanson said.
Having worked in numerous Minnesota and North Dakota towns as a journalist gives one a unique perspective on the expectations of local readers. On any given day, your local journalist can suffer the lament and fury of disappointed readers and out of nowhere be bombarded by the kind praise or thanks from someone you were able to assist with press or find the time to cover an event. There are X number of events and Y number of reporters and our main goal is to avoid the Zzzzz's of putting our readers to sleep. More than that, we strive to be at as many events as we can.
The state meet was not enough for four leaders from the Perham girls track team. Elisa Moenkedick, Holly Sheets, Maddie McClellan and Abby Anderson competed in the New Balance Nationals, an elite track meet held at North Carolina A&T State University, in Greensboro, N.C., June 17-19. The weather was an issue as the foursome competed in 98-degree humidity. Throw Coach, Eryn Moser accompanied the girls on the trip. "It was an opportunity to spend a week with some exceptional kids," she said. "They're respectful and polite and it wasn't really work. It was enjoyable.