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Perham Buzz drop opening game in Omaha

Perham's Noah Rooney swings at a pitch against Buffalo during the Battle of Omaha Tournament. Jason Groth/FOCUS1 / 2
Perham's Carter Mulcahy slides into home with a run against Buffalo before the throw at the plate. Jason Groth/FOCUS2 / 2

Fresh off its sixth place finish at the Class 2A Championships, the Perham Buzz American Legion Baseball team took to the field at Omaha Burke High School for the Battle for Omaha Tournament on June 17.

The Buzz opened play against Buffalo in its first round robin game. Both teams exchanged runs in the early going, but it was Buffalo using the big inning late to secure a 12-4 victory over the Buzz in their season-opening contest.

Michael Benke makes the over the shoulder catch at third base.

Jace Kovash and Carter Mulcahy led the way with two hits each for Perham. Buffalo jumped ahead in the first with a run on three hits, but Perham quickly responded with a pair of runs in the second.

The Buzz used a two-out rally to take a 2-1 lead. Devin Meyer started the rally with a walk. He eventually scored when Kovash laced a double. Mulcahy followed with a hard shot ground ball that found its way into left, which gave Perham the 2-1 lead in the second. However, Buffalo came right back with a run of its own in the second inning to tie the game.

Perham grabbed the lead in the third inning on a pair of walks. Max Tostenson and Noah Rooney walked before a wild pitch allowed Tostenson to score the go ahead run.

Dawson Stevens delivers to the plate against Buffalo.

However, Buffalo closed the gap with two more runs in the third inning, capitalizing on a pair of Perham miscues.

Perham tied the game in the fourth inning when Mulcahy connected for a double. Maddux Kovash followed with a double of his own. However, on the play, it was ruled the ball hit the bat on the ground, causing interference and ended the threat for Perham.

Buffalo followed with three runs in the fourth and closed the game with a big fifth inning. Buffalo scored five runs on four hits, including a two-run home run in the inning.

Dawson Stevens took the loss. He allowed seven runs, five earned on 10 hits. He walked five and struck out two. Michael Benke allowed five runs on four hits. He struck out two and walked two. Mick Meyer allowed one hit in relief.

Maddux Kovash and Dawson Stevens added a hit each for Perham in the loss. The tournament continues with a pair of games for the Buzz on June 18 in Omaha. The Buzz are scheduled to take on Galesburg and Omaha Burke in round robin action.

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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