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Lindberg, Lakers hold off Pirates

Perham's Dylan Perrine swings at the offering from Jan-Erik Lindberg. Perrine finished with a hit and a run batted in for the Pirates. Submitted photo1 / 2
Perham's Nick Lindberg takes a cut at a pitch from Jan-Erik Lindberg during the Pirates' 4-2 defeat to Pelican Rapids. Submitted photo2 / 2

The Pelican Rapids Lakers went old school in its 4-2 victory over the Perham Pirates on June 26 at Krueger Field in Perham. 

In the modern era of pitch counts, Pelican Rapids’ Jan-Erik Lindberg turned back the clock in a complete game effort over the Pirates. The right-handed pitcher threw 153 pitches, 96 of them for strikes as he limited the Pirate offense. 

Lindberg went the distance and fanned 12 batters. He allowed two runs on six hits. He walked just two batters. 

Jan-Erik Lindberg

Chris Ruther took the loss for Perham. Ruther went five innings and allowed three runs on five hits. He struck out one and walked one. 

Chris Ruther

Jack Stigman pitched two innings of scoreless relief for Perham. He struck out two and walked one, while Sam Still went two innings and allowed one run on one hit and two walks. 

Pelican Rapids jumped ahead in the fourth inning with three runs. Brian Guler started the rally with a double. With two outs, Lindberg hit a double to left field which scored Guler for the game’s first run. Dana Johnson followed with a blast to make it 3-0 in the third. 

Lindberg was strong for the first five innings, taking a no-hitter into the sixth but Perham struck for a run in the sixth. Roo Schmitz doubled, which was followed by a double from Perrine to make it 3-1. 

Pelican Rapids tacked on a run in the eighth, but Perham rallied in the ninth and had a chance at tying the game. JT Laughlin started the inning with a double. After Lindberg recorded back-to-back ground outs, Andrew Dahl followed with a run scoring single. Noah Rooney followed with a single. However, Lindberg induced a ground ball to end the game. 

Rooney finished with two hits for Perham, while Dahl, Schmitz, Perrine and Laughlin each had a hit. 

The loss dropped the Pirates to 1-5 overall on the season. The Pirates return to action with a game in Fergus Falls at 7:30 p.m. on June 28.

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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