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Bats go silent for Buzz in elimination game

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Perham's Michael Benke steps on the bag on third for the first out before firing across the diamond for the double play in the first inning against Fergus Falls during the Sub-State 14 Tournament. Jason Groth/FOCUS

The bats went silent at the worst time for the Perham Buzz during the Sub State 14 Baseball Tournament in Detroit Lakes on July 25. The Buzz finished the day with one hit in a 7-1 defeat to Moorhead and just three hits in a 2-0 loss to Fergus Falls in an elimination game.

It was a good pitching match up between Fergus Falls' Ashwin Stratton and Perham's Dawson Stevens. Both pitchers were in the zone for the most part and received some stellar play from their defense behind them.

However, it was a trio of walks that ultimately doomed Stevens in the loss. A lead off walk turned into a pair of runs in the third inning. Nathan Zierden delivered a two-out RBI double, scoring Brock Kotchevar, who walked to start the inning. Zierden eventually scored later in the inning to make it 2-0.

That would be enough for Stratton, who settled in after giving up a first inning single to Carter Mulcahy. Stratton retired the next eight batters before issuing a walk to Mulcahy and hitting Jace Kovash with a pitch in the fourth. However, Stratton was able to get out of trouble when induced a ground ball double play.

Stratton ran into a bit of trouble in the sixth when Noah Rooney and Mulcahy connected for a pair of singles, but he induced a fly out to end the threat.

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Stratton went the distance for Fergus Falls. He scattered three hits and struck out seven. He walked one and hit one batter.

Zierden finished with two hits for Fergus Falls while Marshall King finished with a hit as well. Mulcahy finished with two hits to lead Perham at the plate. Rooney added another hit.

Stevens went the distance for Perham. He allowed two runs on three hits. He struck out three and walked four batters. He was aided by a pair of double plays behind him to end a pair of Fergus Falls' threats in the game.

The Perham Buzz finished the season with a 14-16 record overall.

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