Perham takes out Hawley in an elimination game

The Perham softball team bounced back from adversity when they defeated Hawley 3-2 in an elimination game on May 23 in Frazee. The Yellowjackets advanced in the Section 8AA playoffs after an opening round win over Wadena-DC and then were blanked ...

Perham's Grace Minten rips a single against Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton during the Section 8AA playoffs. Jason Groth/FOCUS

The Perham softball team bounced back from adversity when they defeated Hawley 3-2 in an elimination game on May 23 in Frazee.

The Yellowjackets advanced in the Section 8AA playoffs after an opening round win over Wadena-DC and then were blanked by Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 10-0 in six innings.

Perham jumped ahead in the first inning when Grace Minten led the game off with a double. She came around to score when Katie Zepper doubled home Minten, who was on third after Emma Daniels doubled. However, both Zepper and Daniels were left stranded in scoring position.

Perham added to its lead in the fourth inning with a pair of runs. JoJo Winkels doubled to start the rally with a triple. She came around to score when Lily Lorenson followed with a double to make it 2-0. Katie Johnson doubled as well, scoring Lorenson, giving Perham the 3-0 lead in the fourth. Grayce Mickelson doubled in the inning as well but was thrown out at the plate.

Hawley capitalized on a pair of walks in the fourth and scored a pair of runs, however, Katie Johnson worked out of trouble in the fourth, preserving the lead for Perham.


Hawley threatened again in the sixth when they got the lead off batter to second, however, she was left stranded.

Hawley had a two-out opportunity in the seventh after a double by Emily Tjaden put her in scoring position. Tjaden swiped third, but was left stranded when Johnson induced a fly ball to right, preserving the win for Perham.

Johnson picked up the win in game two for Perham. She struck out five Hawley batters in the win.

Winkels and Zepper finished with a pair of hits, while Minten, Daniels, Mickelson, Kaylie Kirchenwitz, Lorenson and Johnson each added a hit.

The DGF duo of Mallory Leitner and Kiarra Summer shutdown the Perham Yellowjackets 10-0 in the first round of the double elimination portion of Section 8AA playoffs.

DGF used a big third inning to break the game open. The Rebels scored six runs on four hits and never looked back in the win.

Perham started the top of the first with a threat when Minten and Zepper both singled, but the inning came to an end when Zepper was picked off first.

Perham threatened again the sixth, but left the bases full when Summer got out of the jam. Minten finished with two hits, while Emma Bowers and Zepper finished with hits for Perham.


Zepper took the loss on the mound for Perham. The Yellowjackets returned to action on May 28 when they traveled to Park Rapids Area in an elimination game of the Section 8AA playoffs.

Perham vs. Wadena-DC

The Perham Yellowjackets used a pair of big innings and a no-hitter from pitcher Katie Johnson in picking up an 11-1 Section 8AA first round playoff victory over Wadena-Deer Creek at Arvig Park on May 21.

The Yellowjackets scored seven runs in the first inning and tacked on three more in the second inning, taking control of the first round matchup between the Highway 10 rivals. It was the second straight year Perham has eliminated Wadena-DC in the first round. Last year, was a 4-2 nailbiter, but this one was decided quickly.

The first nine batters reached safely in the first inning with seven of them coming around to score for the Yellowjackets. Emma Bowers started the scoring when she hit a two-run home run to centerfield. Kaylie Kirchenwitz followed with an RBI single and JoJo Winkels delivered a bases clearing double, which gave Perham the commanding 6-0 lead. Alexis Wood drove in Winkels for the seventh run of the inning.

Perham continued its strong hitting in the second inning. Kirchenwitz connected for a three-run home run and Perham was staked to a 10-0 lead in the second inning.

Johnson settled in. She has been battling arm issue but it didn't appear to phase her. She allowed one run and relied on her defense throughout the game. She fanned three batters and walked five in her no-hit effort.

Kyla Ness came on in relief for Wadena-DC and stemmed the momentum for a bit. Ness pitched four plus innings and allowed one run on three hits. She struck out two batters and issued one walk.


Wadena-Deer Creek got a lone run against Johnson when Ness walked and moved up on a soft grounder. Instead of stopping at second, Ness broke for third and the throw was errant, allowing her to score Wadena-DC's only run. Johnson was able to strand Laura Krause at third to end the fourth, preserving the no-hitter and the lead.

Perham closed the game out with a run in the sixth inning. Katie Zepper doubled and scored when Kirchenwitz reached on an error.

Perham had five players finish with multiple hits. Grace Minten, Zepper, Grayce Mickelson, Kirchenwitz and Wood had two hits each. Kirchenwitz drove in four runs, while Winkels plated three. Bowers had two runs batted in as well.

Mackenzie Carsten took the loss for Wadena-DC. She allowed 10 runs on 11 hits in more than an inning of work.

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