Stingers take second at District 9 tournament:
Thief River Falls, MN -- The Perham VFW Post 4020 held the number two seed going into the District 9 tournament July 26-29 and came home with a second place finish.
The Stingers had a first round by and faced Thief River Falls in the second round. Josh Still pitched six innings, allowing six hits and striking out six batters. Perham had six batters that were hit by pitches and used aggressive base running to their advantage to score six runs in the game and hold TRF scoreless.
Round three had Perham facing number one seed Bemidji. The Stingers had played Bemidji four times already on the year and knew it was going to be another close game. In the previous meeting, Bemidji had won three games with scores of 5-4, 5-4 and 2-0. Perham won a game by the score of 8-5. Facing Bemidji's ace pitcher, Perham bats only managed one hit, but Austin Erickson nearly matched his opponents feat by allowing only three hits. Bemidji scored one run in the first inning and one more in the sixth, to make the final score 2-0.
In Saturday's elimination game, the Stingers took on Fergus Falls. With the score trailing 3-1 in the third inning, the bats came alive, along with two walks and two hit by pitches and when the dust settled they held a 6-3 lead and didn't look back winning the game 8-5. Joe Solberg pitched six innings and allowed just two earned runs.
In the Championship game, Sunday, Perham had to once again face Bemidji. Post 4020 took the early lead 1-0 when Josh Still scored on a passed ball in the top of the first inning. In the bottom of the second inning, Bemidji collected five straight singles, three of which were on perfect bunts, to score three runs. Perham had several opportunities to bring the game closer, but couldn't capitalize on the situations. Bemidji added two insurance runs in the sixth inning to close the game 5-1 and win the championship. Bemidji will now represent District 9 at the state tournament in Mankato August 9-12.
Stingers Tanner Carlson, Austin Erickson, Joe Solberg and CJ Mulcahy were selected to the District 9 All-Tournament Team by the opposing coaches and tournament directors. Carlson earned his honor by pitching six strong inning against Bemidji in the championship game as well as going 4 for 11 with 4 runs scored and 4 stolen bases in the tournament. Erickson pitched a brilliant game in the first game against Bemidji. Joe Solberg allowed just six hits and two earned runs against Fergus Falls as well as going 2 for 3 in the game, earning him his votes. Mulcahy was 5 for 11 with 5 RBI's on the weekend.