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Perham 13's move to 13-0

Opponents have had to find holes in the Perham 13-year-old Babe Ruth team's defense just to stay in games. Perham is 13-0 on the season with two games remaining before playoffs.

On Thursday, the second place Park Rapids 13-year-old team arrived in Perham with an 8-2 record looking to take down the first place Perham squad.

Park Rapids left town swept in the doubleheader by lopsided scores of 8-0 and 11-0 as Perham's pitchers remained as solid as they have been all year and the Perham bats ignited for nine extra base hits in the two games.

In game one, Perham scored four runs in the first inning off the Park Rapids ace thanks to four hits and a bases clearing double by Alex Tostenson.

Perham tacked on three more in the second with doubles by Chase Curtis and Dylan Perrine and a perfectly executed suicide squeeze by Alec Meyer that scored Zack Tellinghuisen.

Meyer took the hill for Perham and picked up the win giving up just one hit in four scoreless innings while striking out five Park Rapids batters.

Chandler Rach closed the door allowing just one Park Rapids runner to reach due to a Perham error in the fifth inning.

In game two, Perham again scored early and often putting up four in the first inning thanks to Park Rapids walks and errors, but earned four runs with big extra base hits from Dylan Perrine, Matthew Benke, and Chandler Rach. Patrick Murphy pitched all four innings of the mercy rule shortened game, allowing just two hits and one walk while shutting out the Park Rapids hitters

Chandler Rach had a big day at the plate, doing 4-5 between the two games with double and three RBI, Dylan Perrine stayed hot with a 3-4 day that included a double, a triple, and four runs scored, Matthew Benke was 3-3 with three doubles, and Chase Curtis went 3-4 on the day while scoring five runs.

Earlier in the week, Perham faced off with Dent in a seven inning July 5 night game in Perham and came away with a 9-2 victory.

It was a one-run ball game until the fifth inning when Perham exploded with a six run inning thanks in part to a bases clearing double by Alec Meyer.

Perham bats were mostly silent the rest of the game, collecting only six hits off of Dent pitching, with half of them coming from Alex Tostenson who had a 3-4 day at the plate.

Dylan Perrine got the start for Perham, picking up the win while giving up just one earned run and striking out seven Dent batters in five innings of work. Chase Curtis struck out three while allowing just one hit pitching two scoreless innings in relief of Perrine.

A double-header with Frazee on Tuesday is all that stands between Perham and an undefeated regular season, as their record now stands at 13-0.

Robert Williams

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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