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Stingers eliminated in state third round

The VFW Post 4020 Stingers baseball team ran into some very tough competition at the state level and was eliminated in the third round.

On Thursday, the Stingers opened state play with a 7-1 victory over Elk River. Eric Brauch picked up the win pitching, allowing only one run and striking out nine batters.

The team took advantage of several walks and errors by Elk River.

JT Laughlin broke the game open in the fiftth inning with a bases clearing double, giving Perham a 7-0 lead.

The second round placed the Stingers against Luverne. The bats never came alive in the game collecting just two hits and striking out eight times.

The Luverne batters came up with several key hits and took home a 7-2 victory.

The loss knocked Perham into the elimination bracket and up against a tough RanView team, which is made up of Cretin-Durham-Hall High School players.

RanView has been in the state tournament 24 times, winning the title eight times in the 65-year history.

Perham got up early in the first inning, with Josh Still scoring a run after singling, stealing second and advancing on wild pitches.

The Perham hitters couldn't put a rally together with the bats, managing only five hits in the game.

RanView scored six runs on starting pitcher Josh Still in the fourth inning, breaking the game open. Perham scored three runs in the seventh inning, but were eliminated by a score of 10-4.

The Stingers finished the year with a record of 19-16. They were 12-8 in league play.

Brauch led the team in pitching with a record of 6-2 in nine appearances. He allowed only five earned runs, 15 total, ending the year with an incredibly low earned run average of 0.77.

CJ Mulcahy led the team in batting with an average of .417. He had 20 RBI, third on the team, behind Brauch's 25 and team leader JT Laughlin's 29. Brauch was second on the team in batting hitting .396.