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Dent shuts out Perham

The Dent Wildcats used strong defense and just enough offense to spoil the annual Fourth of July baseball game at Krueger Field at Tuffy's Stadium in Perham, earning a 1-0 victory in Hi-10/Countryside action.

Dent's Taylor Doll fires to the plate. Doll earned a complete game shutout victory over Perham at the annual Fourth of July game.
Dent's Taylor Doll fires to the plate. Doll earned a complete game shutout victory over Perham at the annual Fourth of July game.

The Dent Wildcats used strong defense and just enough offense to spoil the annual Fourth of July baseball game at Krueger Field at Tuffy's Stadium in Perham, earning a 1-0 victory in Hi-10/Countryside action.

Dent's Taylor Doll was at home on the mound at Krueger Field. Doll, a former Pirate, was a regular starter on the hill for the Pirates in the Fourth of July game, settled in after a shaky first inning.

Doll went the distance, scattering five hits, while fanning 10 batters. He walked four and hit one batter.

Doll was the beneficiary of some strong defense, coupled with several Perham miscues. Perham committed four errors themselves defensively, along with a couple blunders on the base paths.

It was unfortunate for Perham starting pitcher Jack Stigman, who suffered the tough luck loss on the mound. He allowed one unearned run in the third, which was the only run of the game. He struck out 10 batters as well, while walking just one batter.

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Dent capitalized on one of those Perham errors in the third inning for the game's only run. Tyler Doll led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Shane Miller. The throw to second was errant, allowing both guys to advance. Jeff Ronning followed with a single, loading the bases. After a force out at the plate, Andy Kratzke hit a chopper to first, allowing Miller to score the only run. Stigman escaped further damage by recording a strikeout to end the inning.

Defense played a huge role in changing how the game was shaped in the first inning. The Pirates had a runner gunned down at the plate for the first out in the first. Josh Still tried to score on Gabe Pankonin's double, but the relay throw from Tyler Doll was a strike to home, gunning Still at the plate.

That wasn't the only big play from the Dent defense in the game, Perham threatened in the sixth, yet Dent turned one of its two double plays, ending the rally. Dent turned a second double play in the seventh inning as well, spoiling another opportunity for Perham.

Stigman was able to bear down when needed against Dent, limiting them to that one unearned run. He struck out the side in the sixth after a lead off walk and stranded a runner at third in the seventh after a lead off double by Peter Guck.

For the year, Stigman has allowed just one unearned run in 15 innings of work against Dent. He has struck out 15 batters in his two appearances against the Wildcats. In their first meeting, Stigman was dominant, allowing just two hits to Tyler Doll.

Taylor Doll was able to work around a walk in the eighth as well as a walk and a hit batter in the ninth, securing the complete game victory.

Kratzke drove in the lone run for Dent, while Peter Guck, Tyler Doll and Jeff Ronning had the lone hits for the Wildcats. The Wildcats left seven runners on base in the win.

Pankonin led the way for Perham at the plate. He finished with two hits, including a double. Josh Still reached base three times with two walks and a single. J.T. Laughlin and Chris Ruther had hits as well for Perham. Perham stranded eight runners on base with four of them in scoring position.

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The Pirates move to 8-5 overall on the season and 6-5 in the Hi-10 league after the loss to Dent.. They completed a series sweep over Wadena-Deer Creek on Friday, July 1, knocking off the Shockers 14-4. It was the second time the Pirates were able to 10-run rule the Shockers, this time knocking them off in a heated affair. The Pirates return home for a contest on Friday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m. when they host the Bluffton Braves at Krueger Field.

Dent improves their league mark to 9-2 overall, they are tied with Fergus Falls in the Countryside standings. Dent suffered a 7-2 defeat to Fergus Falls at Jake Wolford Field in Dent on July 1. The Wildcats return home for a contest with the Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers at 7:30 p.m. at the Jake Wolford Field in Dent.

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