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Published June 17, 2013, 06:25 PM

Perham baseball falls just short of state title

Minneapolis, MN (WDAY TV) - Every baseball player dreams of making it to the big leagues and stepping onto the field in a major league stadium. Today Perham's team got to do just that at Target Field playing for the 2A Championship facing Kasson-Mantorville in the title game.

By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY

Minneapolis, MN (WDAY TV) - Every baseball player dreams of making it to the big leagues and stepping onto the field in a major league stadium. Today Perham's team got to do just that at Target Field playing for the 2A Championship facing Kasson-Mantorville in the title game.

The Jackets fell behind early. Kasson-Mantorville's Jayden Prigge singles off of Jackets starter Eric Brauch to bring across Riley Donovan for the first of three first inning runs.

The Komets still had the bases full with one out but Brauch escapes further damage finishing the inning with his lone strikeout of the game.

The Perham offense gets one back in the second. With Tanner Carlson at third, Joey Lindberg drives a sac fly to the outfield. Tanner Carlson slides hard into the catcher and gets the hard earned run.

But it turned out to be the only run for Perham. The Komets plate three more in the fouth. Donovan shoots one past the drawn-in infield. Two runs score to make it 5-1 Kasson-Mantorville.

Trailing 8-1 in the seventh, Perham put two runners on but Cameron Mulcahy grounds out to end the game. Perham falls short of its state championship dream, 8-1 the final.

Just by making it to Target Field Perham had locked up its best finish at state and a part of Perham history but the Yellowjackets couldn't take it one step further. Kasson-Mantorville scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back en route to its first state championship.

Austin Erickson, Perham Jr. Shortstop: “We couldn’t get the bat around like we wanted to but definitely solid hitting team made the plays. That's a big thing in this tournament.”

Hans Hanson, Perham Head Coach: “Kids will never forget this. The outcome wasn't what we wanted and for these guys to have this opportunity was worth the whole season.”

The expectations will be high next year for the Perham baseball to get back next year to Target Field.

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