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Panthers blank Perham in Section 8AA playoffs

The Perham softball season came to a close when they were defeated by Park Rapids Area 7-0 in the Section 8AA Tournament in Park Rapids on May 28. The Panthers used a pair of three-run innings to break the game open with the Yellowjackets. Lily L...

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Perham's Jade Lenius dives back to first base on a pick-off attempt before the tag of Park Rapids Area's Katelyn Weaver. Vance Carlson/Forum News Service

The Perham softball season came to a close when they were defeated by Park Rapids Area 7-0 in the Section 8AA Tournament in Park Rapids on May 28.

The Panthers used a pair of three-run innings to break the game open with the Yellowjackets.

Lily Lorenson led the way for the Yellowjackets with two hits. She had two of the team’s six hits in the game.

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Grace Minten opens the game with a base hit.

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Park Rapids Area jumped ahead in the first inning with a quick run. Natalie Kinkel singled and eventually scored when Kylee Pachel reached on an error.

That run would stand up for Rilee Michealson. Michaelson picked up the complete game win in the circle. She allowed six hits and struck out three batters in the complete game effort.

Perham had an opportunity in the third when Lorenson singled and moved to third base, but Michaelson induced a ground ball to end the inning.

Michaelson helped herself at the plate when she drove in two runs with a triple. She eventually scored on a passed ball to make it 4-0 in the fourth inning.

Natalie Kinkel and Kendra Coborn drove in runs with singles in the sixth inning and Abby Morris scored on an error in the inning, helping Park Rapids Area seal the 7-0 win, ending the Perham season.

Grace Minten, Emma Bowers, Katie Johnson and Katie Zepper had hits as well for Perham. Johnson took the loss in the circle for Perham. She went three innings and allowed four runs on four hits. She walked three and struck out two. Zepper pitched the final three innings in relief. She allowed three runs on three hits and struck out two batters.

The Yellowjackets finish the season with an 11-8 record and return a young core of players for next season. The Yellowjackets graduate two seniors from the roster.

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Perham's Emma Bowers slaps the tag on Park Rapids Area's Natalie Kinkel, who dove back to the bag after rounding it on a ground out. Vance Carlson/Forum News Service

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