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One-loss Stingers advance to District title game versus Bemidji

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Perham Minnesota 222 2nd Avenue SE 56573

FERGUS FALLS — Bemidji defeated the No. 1 Perham Stingers 4-0 to advance to the title game of the VFW district tournament. Perham rallied to eliminate East Grand Forks 2-1 in eight innings to earn a rematch with Bemidji Sunday for the championship and a trip to the state tournament.

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Patrick Murphy took the loss to Bemidji pitching 4 ⅓ innings allowing three runs, one earned. Matt Benke came on in relief tossing 2 ⅔ allowing one unearned run.

Alex Tostenson had two hits; Murphy had one.

Perham stranded 10 runners on base.

Matt Benke pitched a complete game in the extra inning victory over East Grand Forks. His line was eight innings pitched, one unearned run allowed. He threw 91 pitches, combined with 29 in the Bemidji game for a busy day on the hill.

Andy Hanson had two hits. Chase Curtis scored the first run and won the game with an RBI walk.

Perham stranded 10 runners again.

The Stingers play Bemidji at 11 a.m., and need to win twice to advance.

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