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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PERHAM — Fergus Falls and Moorhead battled to a six-all tie after seven innings before a big eighth for both clubs where Moorhead completed the comeback to advance to face Alexandria in the Sub State 14 finals by a final score of 12-9. Noah Strom put Fergus Falls up 8-6 on a slicing double to the left field corner.
FERGUS FALLS — Bemidji defeated the No. 1 Perham Stingers 4-0 to advance to the title game of the VFW district tournament. Perham rallied to eliminate East Grand Forks 2-1 in eight innings to earn a rematch with Bemidji Sunday for the championship and a trip to the state tournament. Patrick Murphy took the loss to Bemidji pitching 4 ⅓ innings allowing three runs, one earned. Matt Benke came on in relief tossing 2 ⅔ allowing one unearned run. Alex Tostenson had two hits; Murphy had one.
PERHAM — No. 4 Alexandria scored early and often to down upset-minded No. 7 Fergus Falls 15-3 in seven innings to advance undefeated to the finals of the Minnesota Sub State 14 American Legion baseball tournament. “We’re hitting the ball well; we pounded out 17 hits,” Head Coach Jake Munsch said. “Fergus Falls came out with some intensity, a lot more than before and that shows a lot about them.”
PERHAM — A Drew Anderson grand slam fueled a nine-run fourth inning as the Moorhead Blues eliminated Bemidji 17-6 in seven innings at the Minnesota Sub State 14 American Legion baseball tournament. Anderson was 4-5 with three singles, the grand slam, two runs scored and seven RBIs to lead the Blues. “We pitched strikes and put a lot on the board,” Anderson said. “It was a good day of baseball.”
PERHAM — No. 7 Fergus Falls used two big innings and error-free defense to upend No. 3 Perham 10-8 in championship quarterfinal play at the Minnesota Sub State 14 American Legion baseball tournament at Krueger Field. It was the second upset in two days for Fergus Falls, who dumped No. 2 seeded Thief River Falls 8-5 in the opening round. Perham jumped out to a 5-0 lead on four RBIs by Tristan Hammans. Hammans hit a two-out single to score Josh Still in the first inning for a 1-0 lead.
PERHAM — A confident No. 4 Alexandria Post 87 ballclub batted around the order the first three innings in a 14-0 blowout of No. 8 Detroit Lakes in championship quarterfinal play at the Minnesota Sub State 14 American Legion baseball tournament at Krueger Field. “I’m confident in our guys and think we have everything we need to win the tournament,” Head Coach Jake Munsch said. “We still have to go out and execute. We’re good on paper but paper can burn quick.”
The Perham VFW baseball team heads into the sub-state tournament this weekend as the district's No. 1 seed. The Stingers swept then-No. 1 seed Bemidji in the last week of the regular season to steal the crown as top dog in District 9 . The sub-state tournament will be held in Fergus Falls. It begins Friday, July 25, and will continue through Sunday, July 27. In Friday's opening round, the Stingers defeated East Grand Forks 9-1. Alec Meyer recorded the pitching victory giving up one unearned run in six innings on the hill.
The Perham girls softball team won the 12U league championship in a tournament held on July 15 in Park Rapids.
PERHAM — The No. 3 Perham Buzz took advantage of fielding miscues from No. 6 Bemidji en route to a 7-3 victory in the fourth game and nightcap of day one at the Minnesota Sub State 14 American Legion baseball tournament at Krueger Field. Perham jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a double by Tristan Hammans that moved Mason Malikowski to third base. Both runners scored on the same play due to an errant throw from Bemidji right fielder Matt Morgan. The throw ended up in the Perham dugout and the plate umpire allotted home plate to Hammans.
PERHAM — No. 2 East Grand Forks needed three outs with a one-run lead but imploded defensively in the ninth inning to give up a 8-5 loss to No. 7 Fergus Falls in game three of the Minnesota Sub State 14 American Legion baseball tournament at Al Krueger Field Thursday afternoon. Both the top seeds lost after No. 8 Detroit Lakes upset No. 1 Moorhead 2-1 in the 1 p.m game.