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Despite shaky start, Perham advances in 8AA playoffs

Despite getting off to a shaky start, the Perham Yellowjackets responded by earning a 5-3 win over Pelican Rapids in their Section 8AA baseball opener at Tuffy’s Stadium on May 30 in Perham.

The Vikings built up a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning, but the Yellowjackets rallied back, scoring the game’s final five runs in earning the opening round win.

“Pelican Rapids came out ready to play. They were patient at the plate and when they got a pitch to hit, they really pounced on it,” Perham head coach Kyle Van Dyke said. “The guys responded well though and the competitor in them came out today. They fought back, had good at-bats and made plays in the field behind a strong performance in Nick Lindberg. It was a nice team win.”

Nick Lindberg settled things down in relief for the Yellowjackets. He struck out seven batters in six and 2/3 of work. He didn’t allow a single run, while giving up four hits.

“Nick Lindberg came in and really hit his spots and had great stuff today,” Jace Kovash said of his relief pitcher.

It was a big bounceback for the Yellowjackets when their backs were against the walls. They entered dropping a pair of games to Barnesville and fell into an early hole once again.

“I thought it was a really nice way to come back after a couple of tough losses last week,” Kovash said.

Perham responded with a pair of runs in the first and tied the game in the second with a run. Perham took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the fifth inning and Lindberg shut down Pelican Rapids and their hope at an upset bid in the opening round.

Lindberg helped himself with two hits and two runs batted in for the Yellowjackets. He recorded a pair of doubles in the game. Kovash finished with a hit, a run batted in and a run scored, while Josh Jeziorski finished with a hit, an RBI and a run scored as well.

The Yellowjackets improve their season mark to 15-6 overall and will play at Krueger Field at 3 p.m. on June 2 in the opening round of the double elimination portion of the tournament.

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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