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Yellowjackets extend streak with strong output

As the temperature continues to warm up, so do the Perham Yellowjacket bats. The Yellowjackets scored five times in the third inning and that was enough for Alec Meyer, who battled through five innings, helping Perham to a 7-3 victory over the Pe...

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Perham's Chase Curtis connects with an offering for one of his two hits in the Yellowjackets home win over Pequot Lakes. Jason Groth/FOCUS

As the temperature continues to warm up, so do the Perham Yellowjacket bats. The Yellowjackets scored five times in the third inning and that was enough for Alec Meyer, who battled through five innings, helping Perham to a 7-3 victory over the Pequot Lakes Patriots at Al Krueger Field at Tuffy's Stadium on May 3.

"I was happy with the game," Perham head coach Hans Hanson said. "Alec Meyer threw the ball well for five strong innings. We put some hits together with the big third inning, which was huge for us. We got a bunt down and had some productive outs, which are things that we need to do to be successful. I was happy with the outcome."

Meyer battled through five innings, despite not being 100 percent. He allowed three runs, one earned on five hits. He struck out 10 batters while walking two in the win.

"He really showed a lot of guts coming out here and giving us what he had," Hanson said. "He is a leader of this team and did a great job. We are going to need him to throw down the stretch and this was a good outing for him. Pequot Lakes has a real nice club."

The Yellowjackets fell behind in the first when Anthony Tizzano drove in the game's first run in the opening inning.

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The Yellowjackets rallied back in the third inning with five of their own. Gavin Meyer reached on an error and moved to second on a single by Matt Benke. Chase Curtis laid down a perfect bunt, moving the runners to second and third. Jace Kovash followed with an RBI ground out to second, tying the game at one.

Alec Meyer followed with an RBI double, Dylan Perrine singled, putting two runners on base. Patrick Murphy brought home a run with an RBI single, before Chandler Rach delivered a two run double, closing out the scoring in the third.

"We got guys on base and were able to move them around," Hanson said. "We had a successful bunt, a productive out followed by some big hits from our big guns. Our three, four and five hitters have done it all year. They are hitting the ball and that is huge for us."

Pequot Lakes tallied two runs in the fifth inning, but Perham answered right back with a pair of its own. Rach hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring a run, while Nick Lindberg singled home Murphy, making it 7-3.

Lindberg finished the game on the mound in relief. He allowed one hit, while striking out two batters in his two innings of work.

Tizzano was tagged with the loss for Pequot Lakes. He went six innings, allowing seven runs on 10 hits. He struck out three and hit one batter.

Rach finished with two hits and three runs batted in, while Murphy added two hits and an RBI. Curtis finished with two hits as well.

The win extends Perham's winning streak to four games, improving them to 6-4 on the season.

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"We have seven games in seven days and it's our biggest stretch of the year," Hanson said. "We had a heartbreaking loss to Detroit Lakes which we lost our centerfielder, Andy Hanson, for the year. To come out, keep going and win some games was huge. If we wrap up on Thursday with two wins, that will be a great way to end the week."

The Yellowjackets return to the diamond with a familiar foe, the Hawley Nuggets. Last year, the Nuggets eliminated the Yellowjackets from postseason play, 1-0, in Park Rapids. First pitch for the doubleheader on Thursday, May 5 is set for 4 p.m. at Krueger Field in Perham.

PL 3 6 2

PER 7 10 2

WP: Alec Meyer

LP: Anthony Tizzano

Related Topics: PEQUOT LAKES
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