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Richville wins LALL All-Star title

The Richville Rockets. First row L-R: Jacob McAllister, Andrew Smith, Aiden Kennedy, Jack Fudge, Rory Lindquist, Blake Lorentz, Aaron Lorentz, Owen Werner, Evan Kovash. Second row: Noah Rooney, Carter Mulcahy, Matt Osborn, Rowdie Lindquist, Maddux Kovash, Ryan Murphy, DJ Lysne, Devin Meyer Josh Peterson. Submitted photo.

The Lakes Area Little League combined teams to create an All-Star Tournament last Saturday in Perham.

The Richville Rockets, with one added player from Pelican Rapids, defeated Perham-Dent, Sebeka-Henning and Wadena on their way to the championship.

In game one, Richville used a strong pitching performance from Carter Mulcahy to defeat Perham-Dent 4-2. Mulcahy also did damage at the plate going 3-3.

Maddux Kovash was 2-2 and Matt Osborn of Pelican Rapids added a big two-run home run. Jack Fudge added a web gem play at third base for the Rockets while Dalton Honer and Dawson Kellogg each had two hits for Perham-Dent.

In game two, Noah Rooney shut the door on Sebeka-Henning firing a two-hit shutout striking out 11. Rooney again helped himself at the plate going 3-3 while Kovash added an additional 3-3 performance. This close contest ended with a 3-0 Rocket victory.

The Championship game pitted Richville against Wadena Blue/Gold. After three scoreless innings, Wadena tagged Richville for a five-run fourth inning. Richville fought back with three in the top of the fifth but Wadena answered with two more of their own in the bottom frame. The Rockets needed a couple great plays in the field by Aaron Lorentz to keep the game close. Down 7-3 and needing four runs to keep the game alive in the top of the sixth, Osborn led off with a walk followed by a Ryan Murphy base hit. Murphy would go 3-3 in his final Rocket game. After an out, Rooney laced a double scoring Osborn. After the second out, Richville was down to its final out trailing by three. A Kovash base-hit plated Murphy and Devin Meyer came up big with a single to tie the game and plate two. Osborn shut down Wadena in the bottom of sixth and the teams played a scoreless seventh before the Rockets’ big eighth inning.

Rooney led off with a single and after an out, Kovash had his fifth hit of the game. Meyer was plunked to load the bases when Rowdie Lindquist had the game-winning single to plate two Rocket runners. DJ Lysne added another RBI and the Rockets held on to the three-run lead with a nice play by Owen Werner to win a great game 10-7.

For the tournament, Mulcahy, Rooney and Osborn earned victories on the mound, while Kovash was 10-10 at the plate. Mulcahy and Rooney each had five hits.