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Eric Brauch led Perham at the plate but took the loss on the mound in the Wooden Bat Tourney title game. Brian Basham/Forum Communications

Detroit Lakes takes Wood Bat title

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PERHAM -- A five-run fourth inning was enough for Detroit Lakes Post 15 to defeat the Perham Buzz 5-3 in the championship game of the Perham Home Run Club's Wooden Bat Tournament Sunday afternoon.

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Three costly Buzz errors erased a 1-0 Perham advantage leading to five unearned runs on just one hit for the Lakers.

Reed Johnson got the only Laker hit, a two-RBI single that scored Jordan Manning and Ben Lindquist to push the lead to 3-1.

Perham starter Eric Brauch cruised through the first three innings allowing only Manning to get past first base.

Brauch walked three batters in the fourth inning to compound Perham's problems in the field.

Lindquist should have been out when his bunt attempt popped just behind catcher Joey Lindberg. The ball had plenty of spin on it and found a way out of Lindberg's glove to keep Lindquist alive at the plate.

DL leadoff hitter Stefan Erb reached second base on an error by Jake Still in right field. Erb injured his hand on the slide into second, left the field, and did not return to the game.

The third error of the inning was charged to Buzz second baseman Jack Stigman who attempted an over-the-shoulder catch on a Manning bloop in short right field.

Perham took the early one-run lead in the top half of the ill-fated fourth inning when J.T. Laughlin singled, reached second on an error on pitcher Manning. Laughlin stole third base and scored on a past ball.

The Buzz cut the lead to 5-3 scoring twice in the top half of the fifth inning.

Lindberg doubled to start the inning, followed by a base hit by Chris Ruther.

Brauch singled home Lindberg. Ruther scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of Jordan Hein for the only earned runs of the game.

Connor McLeod reached second base in the bottom of the fifth but was stranded there watching two DL popup outs and Brauch's sixth strikeout victim, A.J. Matter, who went down on a full count third strike.

Perham put a runner on to bring the tying run to the plate in both the sixth and seventh innings, but Manning put Perham away with five of the six final outs occurring in the infield.

Johnson robbed Lindberg of extra bases in the sixth with a nice stab at a hard ground ball at the third base bag.

DL ended the game with a nice 3-6-3 double play to retire Stigman at second and Ivan Nodsle at first base.

Manning escaped a rough first inning, in which he walked three batters and Perham left the bases loaded.

Perham stranded six runners. DL left men on five bags.

Both Brauch and Manning threw complete seven-inning games.

Brauch took the loss allowing five runs, none earned on only three hits. He walked four and fanned six.

Manning earned the victory allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits. He walked eight batters and struck out four throwing a total of 122 pitches.

Perham had as many hits as they did errors in the field in what was an ugly win or loss, regardless of which dugout was represented.

Brauch did all he could to help his own cause leading the Buzz at the plate. He was 2-4, a single and a double with one RBI.

Ruther, Laughlin and Lindberg were all 1-3.

Johnson was DL's only player with a multi-hit game. He went 2-3, two singles, and two RBI.

Manning's second inning double was the only other Laker hit in the game.

In other tournament action: Becker won the third place game over Redwood Falls 12-7.

Game results

Wooden Bat Tournament Championship game; Krueger Field, Perham, Minn. Sunday, June 24.

PER 000 120 0 - 3 5 5

DL 000 500 X - 5 3 1

Perham

AB R H Bi

Ruther 3 1 1 0

Stigman 3 0 0 0

Brauch 4 0 2 1

Nodsle 2 0 0 0

Hein 2 0 0 1

Laughlin 3 1 1 0

Still 1 0 0 0

Ellingson 2 0 0 0

Lindberg 3 1 1 0

Totals 23 3 5 2

Detroit Lakes

AB R H Bi

Erb 3 0 0 0

x-Grossman 1 0 0 0

McLeod, K. 3 0 0 0

McLeod C. 1 1 0 0

Manning 3 1 1 0

Lindquist 2 1 0 0

Matter 2 1 0 0

Johnson, J. 3 0 0 0

Johnson, R. 3 1 2 2

Long 3 0 0 0

Totals 24 5 3 2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): PER: Brauch (LP) 7-3-5-0-4-6. BRE - Manning (WP) 7-5-3-2-8-4.

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Robert Williams
Robert has been the Sports Editor for the Focus since 2010 covering multiple state and national championship teams and is a mainstay at state tournaments each season covering the successful, athletic programs of Perham and New York Mills High Schools.
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