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Perham Sting sweeps Detroit Lakes

The Perham Sting wrapped up the regular season with a pair of much-needed wins when they disposed of Detroit Lakes, 11-1 and 14-4, earning themselves the No. 4 seed when they kicked off the postseason in Moorhead.

Noah Rooney earned the win in game one for the Sting. He went three and a third, allowing one run with eight strikeouts.

It took a few innings for the offense to come alive, but when they did it was all Perham. Maddox Kovash and Kaleb King finished with three hits each. Dawson Stevens added two hits as well. Kovash scored two runs while King drove in two and scored a run.

King put the Sting on the board with a double and scored on an error off the bat of Rooney, making it 1-0.

Detroit Lakes came back with a run when Hunter Cheska scored on a wild pitch, but Perham never looked back after that.

King drove in a run with single, scoring Michael Benke, making it 2-1 in the fourth. Perham broke the game open in the fifth. Carter Mulcahy reached on an error and scored on a double by Stevens. Benke laid down a squeeze bunt, allowing Kovash to score, who singled in the inning. Stevens scored on the play as well, extending the lead. Devin Meyer singled, which was followed by Sam Still and King reaching on errors. Meyer scored when King reached, while Still scored on an RBI single by Mick Meyer.

Perham put the game away with four runs in the sixth when six of the first seven batters single. An error at third base allowed the game to come to an end via the mercy rule.

The offense continued to roll in game two. Kovash had three hits, driving in five runs and scoring two runs. Mulcahy finished with a hit and two runs batted in, while Noah Moulzolf added a double.

Perham jumped ahead with three runs in the first, before Detroit Lakes cut into the lead with a run in the second. Perham came back in the second with three more runs. Still, Rooney and King walked while Kovash drove in two with a double. Stevens followed with a sacrifice fly, giving Perham the 6-1 lead. Perham padded its lead in the third with a pair of runs, but DL came back with three unearned runs, making it 8-4.

Perham closed the game out with six runs in the fourth inning. Moulzolf drove home Kovash with an RBI single, while Mulcahy brought home a run with a sacrifice fly. Still plated a run with a single, while Kovash drove in a pair of runs with his second hit of the inning.

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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