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Yellowjackets return to the win column

With the Yellowjackets teetering against the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines, Perham head coach Tyler Doll looked to a senior and she delivered. The Yellowjackets were slowly watching a seven run lead disappear and Doll turned to Alex Lubitz to stop...

With the Yellowjackets teetering against the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines, Perham head coach Tyler Doll looked to a senior and she delivered.

The Yellowjackets were slowly watching a seven run lead disappear and Doll turned to Alex Lubitz to stop the bleeding. Lubitz came on to pitch in a one out, bases loaded jam in the fourth and escaped unscathed, preserving the lead and the 14-6 victory on April 29 in Wadena.

It was the first time Lubitz had pitched in more than two seasons, but she looked right at home in relief on the mound. Lubitz worked three and two-thirds innings in relief, earning the victory. She allowed two runs on two hits, while striking out two, walking one and hitting one batter.

Lubitz also dealt the crushing blow, eliminating all hope for a Wadena comeback when she hit a towering three run home run to left centerfield, giving Perham the 12-6 lead at that point.

Lubitz wasn't the only Yellowjacket to come through in the big situation. All nine starters had at least one hit, while Eve Honer finished with three. Hannah Ekse and Cierra Olson had two hits each as well.

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The Yellowjackets jumped ahead with a seven run third inning. Ekse and Katelyn Pederson drove in two runs each in the inning, while Annie Ingebrand and Mara Leslie brought in runs as well, building up a 9-2 lead after two and a half innings of play.

The Wolverines answered with four runs of its own with Mackenzie Barthel, Mikaela Nordlund and Kayla Peters bringing home runs in the inning.

The Wolverines threatened again in the fourth, yet left the bases full.

The Yellowjackets tacked on three more in the fourth on the home run by Lubitz, brought in two more in the sixth when Mattie Scheidecker brought in a run and Morgan Byer drove home a run.

The Wolverines scored two runs in the seventh inning, yet could not complete their comeback bid.

Mara Leslie started on the mound for Perham. She went three and one-thirds. She allowed six runs on four hits. Her command was off for much of the game, walking seven batters.

Ashley Lehmkuhl took the loss on the mound for the Wolverines. She allowed 14 runs on 13 hits. She struck out seven, while walking seven batters and hitting one.

Kelsie Pierce provided some first inning power with a two run home run for the Wolverines. Barthel finished with two hits.

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The Yellowjackets improve to 4-3 overall on the season, while the Wolverines slip to 0-11. The Yellowjackets return to the diamond on Monday, May 2 for a game with former Mid-State Conference rival, Detroit Lakes. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Arvig Park.

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