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Alexandria ends Perham's run at Sub-State 14 Tournament

Thief River Falls, Minn.-- The dream run for the Perham Buzz came to a close in the Sub-State 14 playoffs when they were defeated by Alexandria, 11-1, in an elimination game in Thief River Falls on July 24.

Thief River Falls, Minn.-- The dream run for the Perham Buzz came to a close in the Sub-State 14 playoffs when they were defeated by Alexandria, 11-1, in an elimination game in Thief River Falls on July 24.

The Buzz were hoping to rebound after a heart-breaking extra inning loss to Bemidji in the winner's bracket final, however, it was a refreshed Alexandria team that had different ideas.

It capped off an outstanding run for the Buzz, who entered the tournament with just seven wins and were the eighth seed for the tournament. The Buzz opened the tournament with a 3-1 victory over the No. 1 seeded, Moorhead Blues, behind a complete game performance from Patrick Murphy. The Buzz followed it up with timely hitting, strong pitching and defense in a 7-5 victory over the No. 4 seed, Detroit Lakes Area. However, they ran out of steam in their contest with Alexandria.

The Buzz jumped ahead in the third inning, but it was Alexandria, who responded with a big fourth and fifth innings, breaking the game open against the Buzz. Alexandria scored five runs in the fourth and added three more runs in the fifth. Alexandria finished the game with three runs in the seventh inning.

The Buzz struck first with a run in the third, snapping a 12 inning drought in the process. Dylan Perrine delivered with a line drive single to left field with two outs. Perrine's single brought home Alex Tostenson, who started the inning with a single.

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Alexandria answered in a big way in the fourth inning, scoring five runs, capitalizing on on three Perham errors in the inning. Sam Helgeson, Connor Hammersback and Brady Burgau drove in runs with RBI singles, while Wyatt Wittenburg brought in two when he reached on an error on a bunt.

Alexandria added to its lead in the fifth inning with three more runs. Burgau roped an RBI double, while Jack Steffl and Brock Anderson drove in runs with a pair of singles.

Alexandria finished the game in the seventh with a trio of runs. A wild pitch and an error allowed runs to score, while Wittenburg hit an infield single, allowing Michael Helgeson to score the game ending run, via the 10-run mercy rule.

Roo Schmitz led the way for Perham at the plate. He finished with a pair of hits and reached base all three times in the game. Alex Tostenson added a single and a run scored for the Buzz. Perrine finished with a single and a run batted in for Perham.

Jack Steffl, Brock Anderson, Hammersback and Wittenburg finished with two hits each for Alexandria, while Burgau led the way with three hits and two runs batted in.

Henry Wirtjes was the beneficiary of the offensive support. He earned the victory, pitching seven innings, allowing just one run. He gave up five hits, while striking out three, while walking one and hitting one batter.

Matt Benke suffered the loss for Perham. He pitched three innings, allowing five runs on five hits. He walked four batters. Andy Hanson pitched two innings of relief, allowing three runs on four hits. He walked one and hit one batter. Chandler Rach finished, pitching one and 2/3 of relief, allowing three runs on five hits, while walking three batters.

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