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Barnesville holds Perham off the board in sweep

It's been a rude welcoming to the Heart O'Lakes Conference for the Perham Yellowjacket baseball team. After winning its HOL opener, 12-2, the Yellowjackets have scored one run in their last 24 innings, losing three straight HOL conference games.

It's been a rude welcoming to the Heart O'Lakes Conference for the Perham Yellowjacket baseball team. After winning its HOL opener, 12-2, the Yellowjackets have scored one run in their last 24 innings, losing three straight HOL conference games.

The Yellowjackets struggled to find the key hit against the Barnesville Trojans dropping a 10 inning decision, 3-0, before falling 6-0 in the night cap at Al Krueger Field on April 21.

Jared Affield, Alex McIntyre and Joey Roste limited the Yellowjackets to seven hits in the doubleheader.

Affield kept the Yellowjackets off balance for the first nine innings game one. He allowed five hits, while striking out nine batters. He walked three batters and hit one.

He worked somek late inning magic, preserving the scoreless tie in the ninth inning. Patrick Murphy, Andy Hanson and Chandler Rach singled to load the bases with nobody out. However, Affield induced two pop outs and a strikeout to send it to the 10th inning.

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Three straight doubles by Brady Martz, McIntyre and Jack Lien gave Barnesville the 3-0 lead in the 10th.

It was a lead they would not relinquish in the bottom half. McIntyre worked around a hits batter and a double, preserving the win. He allowed one hit, while recording the save.

The Yellowjackets had opportunities to break through against Affield in the fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth, the Yellowjackets stranded two runners in scoring position, while in the sixth they had a runner picked off of third base and eventually stranded a runner at second base.

The Yellowjackets were unable to capitalize on a solid pitching outing from Alec Meyer and Roo Schmitz. Meyer went five scoreless innings. He allowed two hits, while striking out eight and walked two batters. Schmitz was tagged with the loss pitching five innings of relief. He allowed three runs on six hits. He struck out four and walked three.

Schmitz worked out of trouble in the seventh inning. He gave up back-to-back singles to start the inning and eventually loaded the bases with a walk. However, he struck out Caleb Stetz to end the threat.

Lien led the way at the plate for Barnesville in game one. He had three hits and drove home a run. Martz and McIntyre drove in runs for the Trojans.

Andy Hanson had two hits for Perham in the loss.

The Yellowjackets struggled to get anything going against Joey Roste in game two. Roste was in command from the beginning. He allowed four baserunners and gave up one hit, coming in the seventh inning. Only one Yellowjacket runner reached second base against Roste. He allowed one hit, while striking out four and walking three.

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Barnesville broke the game open in the second inning, capitalizing on some wildness from Chandler Rach. The Trojans scored four runs in the inning with the big hit coming from Brady Tweeton. Tweeton drove in a pair of runs with a bases loaded single, making it 4-0.

Barnesville tacked on a run in the fifth and sixth innings, securing the win.

Rach was tagged with the loss, pitching five innings. He allowed five runs on five hits. He struck out two batters, while walking four. Hanson pitched two innings of relief, allowing one run on one hit. He struck out three, while walking one and hitting one.

The losses move the Yellowjackets to 1-3 overall and 1-3 in the HOL. Perham returns to the diamond on Friday, squaring off with Park Rapids at 4:30 p.m.

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