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Buzz split doubleheader with East Grand Forks

Mason Malikowski makes the turn on a Perham double play attempt. Malikowski also homered in the game to score the game-winning run. Robert Williams/FOCUS

PERHAM — The Perham Buzz and East Grand Forks split a doubleheader Monday in a pair of one-run affairs. Perham took the opener 5-4, while East Grand Forks answered with a 12-11 come-from-behind win in the last inning to earn the split.

Buzz starter Jack Stigman controlled six innings allowing only two hits, while Perham’s offense staked out a 5-0 lead heading to the final inning of game one.

Josh Still singled and scored in his first two at-bats giving Perham a 1-0 lead in the first inning and scoring the third run of the second frame.

Dylan Kruzel led off the second with a double and scored on a groundout to short by Stigman after taking third base on a passed ball to push the lead to 2-0.

Tanner Carlson reached and scored on Still single for a 3-0 lead. Still came around with Mason Malikowski on the Perham’s second baseman’s home run to left field for the five-run cushion.

Stigman was on autopilot not allowing an East Grand Forks runner past second base until the seventh.

Four of the first five East Grand batters singled to start the inning. All four scored to cut Perham’s lead to 5-4 with two out.

Stigman induced a 6-3 groundout by opposing pitcher Donnie Musgrove with Trevor Self, the tying run, stranded on second base.

Stigman and Still each had two hits and one RBI. Malikowski led Perham with two runs batted in. CJ Mulcahy had Perham’s first RBI knocking in Still with a single in the first inning.

Stigman threw a complete game seven innings, fanning six, walking two, allowing seven hits, five in the last inning. Two of the four runs were earned.

Musgrove took the loss only allowing three hits after a rough start in the first two innings.

Musgrove’s line was five earned runs on nine hits in seven innings with one strikeout and he issued no walks.

Game two was a high scoring affair with six lead changes including matching five-run fourths for both teams.

Perham outhit East Grand Forks 13-10 but the visitors rallied late again scoring three runs in the seventh to erase an 11-9 Perham lead and come away with the 12-11 win.

Reed Hjelle had four RBIs to lead East Grand. Scott Mortenson and Musgrove each knocked in three runs.

Game 1

EGF 000 000 4 — 4 7 0

PER 140 000 X — 5 9 1

Game 2

EGF 102 501 3 — 12 10 1

PER 004 502 0 — 11 13 1

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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