Buzz offense comes alive in victory over Thief River Falls
DETROIT LAKES — The Perham Buzz earned a split in two games at the Detroit Lakes Water Carnival Wooden Bat Tournament defeating Thief River Falls 16-6 Saturday in American Legion baseball action.
Perham jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning on runs by Josh Still, Mason Malikowski, Jaden Meyer and Tristan Hammans.
Thief River Falls answered and took a 6-4 lead scoring all their runs in the bottom of the first inning roughing up Perham starter Tanner Carlson for six runs on five hits, four singles and a double.
Carlson calmed down and held Thief River Falls off the scoreboard through six innings picking up the victory.
Carlson doubled and scored on a RBI single by Still in the second inning to cut the lead to 6-5. Thief River Falls went down in order in the bottom half.
Dylan Kruzel led off Perham’s third inning with a base hit and scored on a two-run home run by Joe Solberg, who crossed the plate with the eventual game-winner and a 7-6 lead.
Perham added plenty of insurance scoring three runs in the sixth and six more in the seventh for the blowout 10-run cushion.
Hammans cleaned up the seventh inning in relief.
Perham will host the Sub State 14 American Legion playoffs Thursday through Monday July 24-28. Perham is ranked No. 3 and will face No. 6 Bemidji in the 7 p.m. nightcap of a four-game opening day.
No. 4 Alexandria plays No. 5 Thief River Falls in the opener at 10 a.m. No. 1 Moorhead faces No. 8 Detroit Lakes at 1 p.m. No. 2 East Grand Forks plays No. 7 Fergus Falls at 4 p.m. All games are at Krueger Field.