Perham Buzz cruise to second round at Sub State 14 tourney
PERHAM — The No. 3 Perham Buzz took advantage of fielding miscues from No. 6 Bemidji en route to a 7-3 victory in the fourth game and nightcap of day one at the Minnesota Sub State 14 American Legion baseball tournament at Krueger Field.
Perham jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a double by Tristan Hammans that moved Mason Malikowski to third base. Both runners scored on the same play due to an errant throw from Bemidji right fielder Matt Morgan. The throw ended up in the Perham dugout and the plate umpire allotted home plate to Hammans.
Morgan’s tough night continued in the third when he dropped an easy fly, which would have been the third out, hit by CJ Mulcahy. The error allowed Tanner Carlson to score Perham’s third run.
Josh Still hit a one-out single to get on base in the fifth. Malikowski doubled to deep right field and forced a throw to the plate by Morgan, which ended up in the Buzz dugout allowing both runners to score and put Perham ahead comfortably 5-0.
Perham added their first earned runs of the game in the seventh when Carlson and Still scored. Carlson cross home from third on a wild pitch. Still scored from third base on a squeeze bunt by Mulcahy to go up 7-0.
Collin Rutledge pitched strong in a losing effort with disappointing defense behind him. Rutledge took the loss throwing seven innings and fanning 11 batters. Only two of the seven runs he allowed were earned and he walked four batters. Morgan pitched a scoreless eighth inning striking out one batter.
Jack Stigman faced little trouble cruising to the victory for Perham. He pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing no runs on only three Bemidji hits.
Bemidji broke Stigman’s shutout bid with three runs in their last at-bats.
Connor McNallan hit a one-out, two-RBI double scoring Tom Revering and Rutledge. McNallon scored on a base hit by James Hendricks for the 7-3 final.
Stigman played baseball at Bemidji State University this year in his freshman season.
Friday’s match-ups are No. 5 Thief River Falls and No. 1 Moorhead in the opening elimination game at 10 a.m. No. 2 East Grand Forks plays No. 6 Bemidji in the second game of the loser’s bracket at 1 p.m.
In the championship bracket, No. 4 Alexandria faces No. 8 Detroit Lakes at 4 p.m. No. 7 Fergus Falls plays No. 3 Perham at 7 p.m.
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BEM: Rutledge (LP), Morgan (8) and Revering.
PER: Stigman (WP) and Mulcahy.