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Yellowjackets open with split with Breckenridge/Wahpeton

Before the season, Perham head baseball coach Hans Hanson said that pitching would be one of the strength's for the Yellowjackets and hitting would be a question mark for his squad.

Before the season, Perham head baseball coach Hans Hanson said that pitching would be one of the strength's for the Yellowjackets and hitting would be a question mark for his squad.

Both of those preseason predictions came to fruition during Perham's season opening doubleheader with the Breckenridge/Wahpeton Cowboys in Breckenridge on April 14.

The Yellowjackets received strong pitching in both games, yet could not get the timely hitting in game two, suffering a doubleheader split with the Cowboys, winning game one, 12-2, before dropping game two, 2-1.

Alec Meyer, Chandler Rach and Matt Benke combined to four hit the Cowboys in the game one win.

Meyer earned the win on the mound, throwing three no hit innings. He struck out seven batters and had pinpoint control, not walking a batter. Rach pitched three innings, allowing one earned run, while striking out six. He walked three batters and gave up four hits. Benke pitched a scoreless inning in relief, striking out one batter.

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The bats were strong in the first game for Perham. Dylan Perrine collected four hits, driving in a run and stole two bases. Andy Hanson had two hits and scored two runs. Benke collected two hits and drove in three runs. Patrick Murphy had two hits and drove home two runs as well. Hans Hanson said the 'Jackets had strong pitching the whole game to go along with timely hitting in the season opening.

In game two, the inability to get the big hit doomed the Yellowjackets hopes of a sweep. The Yellowjackets suffered a 2-1 defeat when Breckenridge/Wahpeton scored two late inning runs, erasing a 1-0 lead.

Roo Schmitz was tagged with the loss in relief. He allowed two earned runs on three hits. He struck out two, but walked two. Murphy started on the mound, pitching three scoreless innings. He allowed three hits, while walking one. He struck two batters as well. Benke pitched a scoreless inning in relief, allowing one hit. He struck out one batter as well.

Perrine led the way at the plate for Perham in game two. He finished with one hit and a run batted in. Meyer added two hits, while scoring the team's lone run.

Hans Hanson commented that the Yellowjackets pitched well enough to win, but lacked the timely hit, leaving too many runners on base in the loss.

The Yellowjackets open the season 1-1 overall and split their first Heart O'Lakes Conference doubleheader. They open the season at home on Tuesday, April 19 at Al Krueger Field at Tuffy's Stadium. First pitch with Fergus Falls is set for 5 p.m.

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