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Pirates rally against Dent, defeat NYM

Perham Pirates' first baseman Josh Bollig stretches out and picks the ball out of the dirt to get the runner at first against New York Mills. Submitted photo1 / 2
Perham's Chris Ruther fires to the plate during his pitching win over New York Mills on July 7. Ruther struck out nine batters in seven innings of work. Submitted photo2 / 2

Playing in front of its largest crowd of the season, the Perham Pirates responded with a 5-2 victory over the Dent Wildcats on July 4. The Pirates followed with a 6-2 victory over New York Mills on July 7 in Perham.

With a large crowd waiting for the annual fireworks display, the Pirates showcased an explosion of their own scoring four runs in the final three innings to pull out a 5-2 victory over Dent.

Perham jumped ahead in the fifth inning with a lone run. Chris Ruther doubled and eventually scored when Andrew Dahl reached on a fielder's choice.

However, Dent quickly responded with a pair of runs in the sixth inning to take a 2-1 lead on Perham. The Pirates responded with two in the sixth inning, grabbing the lead for good.

Jace Kovash doubled and Roo Schmitz reached on an error to start the inning. After a line out for the first out. Josh Bollig reached on an error, which loaded the bases for Perham. Tyler Doll came up with a huge run scoring catch at short. Ruther ripped a line drive but was robbed on the diving effort by Doll. However, J.T. Laughlin drove in a pair of runs with a single to right, giving Perham the 3-2 lead.

Schmitz and Dylan Perrine helped Perham add to the lead when they hit back-to-back singles in the seventh inning. Josh Bollig followed with a line drive double to left field, scoring both Schmitz and Perrine to make it 5-2. Dent would escape further damage after Perham loaded the bases in the inning.

Jeff Ronning took the loss for Dent. He went seven innings and allowed five runs on 11 hits. He struck out one and did not walk a batter. Nick Lindberg secured the win. He went seven innings and allowed two runs on three hits. He struck out six and walked one. It was his first win of the season for the Pirates. Jack Stigman picked up the save for Perham. He went two innings and allowed one hit. He walked two and struck out two.

Schmitz finished with three hits, while JT Laughlin added two. Josh Still, Jace Kovash, Perrine, Bollig, Ruther, Noah Rooney and Nick Lindberg each had a hit in the win as well for Perham.

The Pirates carried the momentum into a 6-2 victory over New York Mills on July 7 at Krueger Field.

Ruther was strong on the bump for Perham. He pitched seven innings and allowed two runs on five hits. He struck out nine and walked two.

Gavin Biegler closed out the game with two scoreless innings of relief. He allowed three hits and struck out one.

Perham used a three-run third inning to take control of the game. Andrew Dahl drew a walk, which was followed by a single from Bollig. Jace Kovash singled in a pair of runs before Dawson Stevens delivered a run scoring single to make it 3-0.

Perham added another run in the fourth with two outs. Dahl drew a walk and scored when Bollig hit a line drive double to left, making it 4-0.

Perham added another run in the fifth. Roo Schmitz doubled and moved up on a single by Dylan Perrine. Dawson Stevens drove in his second run of the game with a sacrifice fly, making it 5-0.

The Millers responded with a pair of runs in the sixth to cut the lead to 5-2, but Perham quickly responded with a run of its own in the seventh.

Maddux Kovash drove in a run with an RBI single, which closed out the scoring for the Pirates in the win.

Bollig finished with three hits and a run batted in, while Jace Kovash had two hits and two runs batted in. Dawson Stevens finished with a pair of hits and two runs batted in. Maddux Kovash drove in a run as well. Roo Schmitz had two hits in the game, while Dylan Perrine added three hits in the win.

The Pirates return to action on July 14 when they travel to Midway to take on the Snurdbirds at 1:30 p.m.

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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