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Yellowjackets sweep defending section champions

The Perham baseball team sent an early message to their brethren in Section 8AA when they earned a 3-1 and 11-0 sweep of the defending Section 8AA Champions, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on April 30 in Glyndon.

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Perham's Carter Mulcahy connects and drives the pitch during Perham's doubleheader sweep of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on April 30. Submitted photo

The Perham baseball team sent an early message to their brethren in Section 8AA when they earned a 3-1 and 11-0 sweep of the defending Section 8AA Champions, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on April 30 in Glyndon.

The Yellowjackets used a late rally in the seventh inning to take game one, before storming ahead in game two and never looking back.

The Yellowjackets trailed 1-0 after five innings in game one when Jacobe Stetz singled home the game’s first run.

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Michael Benke delivers to the plate in game one.

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The Yellowjackets rallied late in the seventh. Michael Benke reached on an error to start the seventh. After a line out to left from Sam Still, Benson Nyhus laid down a sacrifice bunt that sparked the Yellowjackets. Noah Rooney roped a single left to tie the game at one. Maddux Kovash followed with a single and Carter Mulcahy drove in a run, extending the lead. Another run came around on an error on the same play, making it 3-1.

Michael Benke shut the door in the bottom of the seventh when he retired the side in order with two strikeouts and a fly ball. Benke earned the win in relief. He went two innings and struck out four batters.

Rooney started the first five and allowed one run on three hits and three walks. He fanned eight batters but did not factor in the decision.

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Noah Rooney

Nathan Leitner started for DGF and went six strong innings. He allowed two hits and walked four batters while striking out nine. He did not factor in the decision as Tanner Tahran gave up three runs on three hits in an inning of work to take the loss.

Rooney, Kovash, Mulcahy, Dawson Stevens and Sam Still had hits for Perham in the win.

The Yellowjackets capitalized on seven hits, six walks and two DGF errors to blast the Rebels 11-0 in game two. Perham scored a run in the first and another in the second before breaking the game open with nine in the fourth inning.

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That was more than enough run support for Sam Still. Still allowed just two hits in five innings of work. He walked three and struck out seven for the win.

Mulcahy and Josh Jeziorski each drove in a pair of runs, while Kovash, Max Tostenson, Stephen Lindberg and Kaleb King each plated a run. Tostenson led the way with two hits, while Still, Mulcahy, Jeziorski, Lingberg and Rooney had hits in the win. Rooney and Tostenson each scored two runs.

Tahran took the loss in game two. He allowed two runs on two hits and one walk in two innings of work. Jay Gruel allowed seven runs on two hits and five walks in an inning plus of work.

The Yellowjackets improved to 4-0 on the season and 4-0 in conference play with the victory. The Yellowjackets are on the road for another conference doubleheader on May 2 when they take on Breckenridge at 4 p.m.

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