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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A rather less than stellar pregame infield warm-up foreshadowed woes in the field that contributed to a season ending 5-3 defeat in 6A playoff baseball action for New York Mills. Seven costly errors led to all five unearned runs for the Frazee Hornets. The Hornets proved they learned how to win games this season. After a slow 1-4 start, the Heart O' Lakes Conference champs had won 11 of 13 games coming into Tuesday's game. "Errors certainly hurt us, Head Coach Chris Bushinger said.
The Perham girls golf team put the finishing touches on an excellent year in the Heart O' Lakes conference doing what they have been doing all season: winning. "You never know what can happen at sections," Head Coach Cory Solberg said. "We have a tough section but a good chance if things click." The Yellowjackets outdistanced second-place Pelican Rapids by 10 points in conference standings and headed into south subsection play Thursday. Both tournaments were held at Wildflower Golf Course.
Nine errors in the field were the undoing of the Perham Yellowjackets softball team as they fell in second round play of the 8AA subsection, losing 9-3 to upset-minded Pequot Lakes. "Nerves played a part," Head Coach Jill Walter said. "We had nerves early against Breckenridge on Tuesday, but were able to overcome that." The Patriots, coming off an upset of the two-seed, Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines, took advantage of the uncharacteristic gaffs in the field scoring seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings to steal the game.
The Perham baseball team improved its record to 10-8 heading into the final double-header of the season against Crosby-Ironton. The Jackets split a doubleheader with Wadena-Deer Creek dropping the first game 5-2 before winning 9-2. Perham defeated Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 6-1 last Thursday. Wadena-Deer Creek scored twice in the first inning of the nightcap looking for the sweep, but were answered by the Jackets deuce in the first. The game was sealed in the second inning as the Jacket offense exploded for six runs. Jesse Hein continued to be productive at the plate.
The Perham boys golf team followed suit of their partners from the opposite gender in placing second at subsections and advancing to the 8AA section finals at Long Bow, in Walker. Perham finished four strokes behind Detroit Lakles. The Lakers shot 317, as a team. Perham ended at 321 and Hawley took third with a 322. All three teams advance. "We need to improve considerably, probably about 15 shots," Head Coach Jeff Tweeton said. "They're capable of doing it, but they need to get their heads in the game.
The Eagles nine dropped a pair of games to Bertha-Hewitt, 11-7 and 6-1, to end regular season play. The Bears were able to get to pitcher Ted Rohr, a task many teams have found difficult this season. Rohr gave up six runs, five earned, on six hits in only two innings of work. Spencer Imsande did not fair much better giving up five runs in five innings of relief. The Eagles scored all but one of their seven runs in the fourth. Tristan Huwe knocked in three runs with a bases-clearing triple.
Golf is not an easy game.
No one was hurt in a house fire in New York Mills Wednesday morning, according to Fire Chief Reed Jacobson. Two brothers, Logyn and Jesse Saewert were home at the time. "I woke up and my room was black," Logyn said. His brother Jesse had escaped the house and called 911. Both brothers were running on lack of sleep, as a earlier family crisis had them at the emergency room overnight, not returning home until after 4 a.m. "I don't think it could get much worse," he said. Jacobson said two people were in the home, but one had left before the fire broke out.
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.