VFW Baseball: Stingers sweep Detroit Lakes
By John George
The Perham Stingers held off a late rally by Detroit Lakes to win game one in a VFW doubleheader Tuesday at Krueger Field. They then but together a rally of their own in game two to complete the sweep.
Post 4020 put together some early runs in game one to open a 6-2 lead, then held off Detroit Lakes to pick up a 6-5 win.
In game two, the Stingers opened the scoring with a two-run homer by T.J. Studer in the first inning. A run on a fielders choice made it 3-0.
But Detroit Lakes came back, scoring on in the second and three in the fourth for a 4-3 lead. Perham tied it at 4-4 on a RBI by Jake Januszewski. But once again, D.L. responded with two in the fifth to go up 6-4.
The Stingers rallied with three runs in the fifth, then six more in the sixth for a 14-6 win.
The sweep improves Post 4020 to 12-7 this summer.
Stingers split in Bemidji
Bemidji rebounded from a 4-3 setback in the opener to trim Perham 8-2 in the nightcap Thursday.
The opener was a mound dual between David Alstadt of the visitors and Bemidji's Ernie Heifort.
Perham scored single runs in the first and third and added a pair of unearned tallies in the fourth that proved to be the difference.
Heifort left after six with a five hitter with Kris Berndt pitching a scoreless seventh.
Alstadt, however, was in firm control through six, limiting Bemidji to six hits but no runs.
But Bemidji opened the seventh with a pair of singles, bringing in T.J. Studer in relief.
He was greeted by a single to load the bases and a run scored on a wild pitch.
Two more followed on another single before Studer got the final three outs, stranding a runner at second.
Bemidji never trailed in the nightcap as Perham coughed up three unearned runs in the first committing three errors, two on one play that scored all three runs.
The visitors got back in contention, however, scoring single runs in the second and third, the second run unearned.
But Bemidji matched those two with a pair in the fourth on a walk and two out hits by Urban and Hendricks.
Three more came against reliever Alex DeConcini in the sixth with two outs on a pair of hits and an error following a double.
Perham 1-3 in St. Cloud
Post 4020 made an overnight trip to St. Cloud on June 29-30 for a pair of doubleheaders.
On Monday, the Stingers split with the St. Cloud Blues. They dropped the first game, 5-3, before rebounding with a 12-0 win in game two.
Perham scored three times in the third inning of game one, only to see the Blues score the final five runs of the game.
DeConcini was 3-for-3 with two RBI and Januszewski was 2-for-4 with one RBI.
Post 4020 dominated game two with the Blues, scoring seven runs in the first two innings, then adding four more in the fourth before capping off the five-inning win with a run in the fifth.
DeConcini stayed hot, going 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBI. Altstadt and Desmine Duffy had three hits and two RBI. Andrew Waldon was 2-for-3 with two RBI.
On the second day in the Granite City, Perham lost two games to the St. Cloud Reds, 10-5 and 12-5.
Game one was tied 4-4 when the Reds scored four in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth.
Duffy was 3-for-4 with a double and RBI. Januszewski had a double and drove in two runs and Jake Still and Nate Wien were both 2-for-3.
Perham scored three times in the first inning of game two, but St. Cloud scored in each of the first four innings, including four in the second and five in the third.
David Stoll went 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBI. Izzy Lindberg drove in a pair of runs with a triple of his own.
The Stingers will play a league doubleheader today (July 9) in Fergus Falls. The first game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.
On July 11, Post 4020 will play a non-league doubleheader against New Ulm. The first pitch will be 1 p.m. at Krueger Field.
Perham will travel to Moorhead for two games on July 14. The final regular season doubleheader will be in Detroit Lakes on July 20.
(Jim Carrington of the Bemidji Pioneer contributed to this story. The Bemidji Pioneer and EOT Illustrated are both owned by Forum Communications.)