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Rooney no-hits Warroad on way to sweep of Warriors

Perham sophomore lefty Noah Rooney is proving to be unhittable. In fact, against Warroad, he was. The sophomore helped Perham to a 2-0 victory when he fanned 16 batters and yielded just three walks in his first no-hitter of the season. It was the...

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Perham's Noah Rooney delivers to the plate in a recent game against St. Paul Johnson. Rooney struck out 16 in a no-hit victory over Warroad. Submitted photo

Perham sophomore lefty Noah Rooney is proving to be unhittable. In fact, against Warroad, he was. The sophomore helped Perham to a 2-0 victory when he fanned 16 batters and yielded just three walks in his first no-hitter of the season. It was the first of two victories against Warroad when the Yellowjackets swept the Warriors, 2-0 and 8-4, on May 17 at Krueger Field.

Rooney, who had opportunities at two other no-hitters but was lifted for pitch count purposes, has put together one of the most dominant pitching seasons in recent memory. In 27 innings of work, he has struck out 60 batters, walked seven and has given up seven hits. He has given up just one run and has posted an earned run average of .259. In his last two outings, he has fanned 31 batters, walked three batters and given up four hits. The opposition is hitting just .080 against the lefty.

The Warriors were the most recent team to face the lefty and struggle against him. The Warriors put five balls in play against Rooney.

Perham struck first in the first inning when Josh Jeziorski delivered an RBI double to make it 1-0. The Yellowjackets added another run in the second when Rooney hit an RBI groundout to make it 2-0.

That would be more than enough for Rooney, who was dialed in against the Warriors, blanking them for the second consecutive season. He pitched in a 10-0 shutout last year against Warroad in Warroad.

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Jeziorski finished with three hits and a run batted in, while Dawson Stevens and Kaleb King had two hits each. Sam Still, Carter Mulcahy and Rooney had one hit each.

Lincoln Nash was effective for Warroad as well. He went six innings and allowed two runs on 10 hits. He struck out two and walked two.

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Michael Benke gets ready at third base for Perham.

The Yellowjackets found themselves in another battle in game two. Perham jumped ahead in the second inning when Benson Nyhus reached on an error, allowing a run to score, which was followed by an RBI single from Rooney. Warroad answered with a run in the third, but Perham got the run back in the fourth with a double steal, which scored Michael Benke.

Warroad tied the game in the fifth when Spencer Musgrove connected for a two-run home run, which tied it at three. However, Perham came right back. Maddux Kovash tripled to deep right field and scored on an RBI single by Dawson Stevens to make it 4-3 and gave Perham the lead for good.

Perham tacked on four runs in the sixth when Sam Still singled home a run, Carter Mulcahy grounded in a run and two scored on an error off the bat of Stevens.

Warroad countered with a run in the seventh, but fell short 8-4.

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Kovash earned the complete game win. He allowed four runs on six hits. He struck out five and walked three batters.

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Maddux Kovash delivers to the plate.

Benke finished with two hits for Perham, while Still, Kovash, Stevens, Jeziorski and Rooney each had a hit.

Perham improved its season mark to 16-0 with the victory. Perham is home on May 21 for a 4 p.m. clash with Wadena-DC, who sits at 16-1 overall on the season. The Yellowjackets will play Park Rapids Area at 6 p.m., following the conclusion of the Perham and Wadena-DC game.

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