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Buzz offense comes alive in victory over Thief River Falls

Buzz head coach James Mulcahy congratulates Joe Solberg after hitting the eventual game-winning two-run homer in Perham’s victory over Thief River Falls. Robert Williams/FOCUS

DETROIT LAKES — The Perham Buzz earned a split in two games at the Detroit Lakes Water Carnival Wooden Bat Tournament  defeating Thief River Falls 16-6 Saturday in American Legion baseball action.

Perham jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning on runs by Josh Still, Mason Malikowski, Jaden Meyer and Tristan Hammans.

Thief River Falls answered and took a 6-4 lead scoring all their runs in the bottom of the first inning roughing up Perham starter Tanner Carlson for six runs on five hits, four singles and a double.

Carlson calmed down and held Thief River Falls off the scoreboard through six innings picking up the victory.

Carlson doubled and scored on a RBI single by Still in the second inning to cut the lead to 6-5. Thief River Falls went down in order in the bottom half.

Dylan Kruzel led off Perham’s third inning with a base hit and scored on a two-run home run by Joe Solberg, who crossed the plate with the eventual game-winner and a 7-6 lead.

Perham added plenty of insurance scoring three runs in the sixth and six more in the seventh for the blowout 10-run cushion.

Hammans cleaned up the seventh inning in relief.

Perham will host the Sub State 14 American Legion playoffs Thursday through Monday July 24-28. Perham is ranked No. 3 and will face No. 6 Bemidji in the 7 p.m. nightcap of a four-game opening day.

No. 4 Alexandria plays No. 5 Thief River Falls in the opener at 10 a.m. No. 1 Moorhead faces No. 8 Detroit Lakes at 1 p.m. No. 2 East Grand Forks plays No. 7 Fergus Falls at 4 p.m. All games are at Krueger Field.

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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