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East Grand Forks limits Perham in doubleheader sweep

The tough times continued for the Perham Buzz American Legion Baseball team on July 5 when they hosted East Grand Forks at Krueger Field at Tuffy's Stadium. East Grand Forks capitalized on several walks on its way to a 2-0 victory in game one. In...

The tough times continued for the Perham Buzz American Legion Baseball team on July 5 when they hosted East Grand Forks at Krueger Field at Tuffy's Stadium. East Grand Forks capitalized on several walks on its way to a 2-0 victory in game one. In the second game, the bats came alive for East Grand Forks, helping them cruise to a 5-1 victory over the Perham Buzz. It marked the sixth straight loss for the Buzz and sixth straight loss against district opponent's as well. The Buzz sit at 5-12 overall on the season. They travel to Fergus Falls for a doubleheader on Thursday, July 7, before coming home to host Williston for a pair of games on Sunday, July 10 at 3 p.m.

Game 1

The old saying goes walks will haunt and they did just that when East Grand Forks snuck by the Perham Buzz, 2-0, at Krueger Field at Tuffy's Stadium on July 5.

Walks led to the only two runs that East Grand Forks would push across in the narrow victory. In all, Perham pitching walked seven batters, while hitting one batter. The walks ultimately led to the two runs for East Grand Forks.

It was just enough for East Grand Forks' Donnie Musgrove, who kept the Perham hitters off balance. Musgrove went the distance, allowing just four hits, while striking out five. He pitched to contact, relying on his defense in the win. He did not walk a batter or hit a batter in the win.

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Perham's Roo Schmitz battled for five and 1/3 on the mound. However, walks proved to be his undoing. He walked six batters and hit one during the game. He allowed just three hits, while striking out four batters.

East Grand Forks jumped ahead in the first inning. Carter Beck drew a walk and advanced to third on a bunt by Musgrove. Musgrove beat the throw to first for the hit, but it was errant, allowing Beck to scamper to third base. Beck eventually scored when Musgrove was gunned down, trying to steal second base.

It appeared that Perham was going to tie the game in the second inning against Musgrove, but he was able to work out of trouble. He gave up back-to-back singles to Dylan Perrine and Roo Schmitz to start the inning. Yet, he struck out the next two batters, before inducing a ground ball to end the threat.

A walk to Dylan Selk in the sixth inning led to some insurance for East Grand Forks. He eventually came around to score on a wild pitch. That would be enough for Musgrove, he worked around a one out double by Patrick Murphy in the seventh to secure the win.

Jace Kovash, Perrine, Schmitz and Murphy had hits for Perham. Musgrove had two hits, while Jake Hjelle had two hits for East Grand Forks.

Game 2

The bats came alive for East Grand Forks as they belted out 12 hits on their way to a 5-1 victory over the Perham Buzz in game two, completing the doubleheader sweep.

The offensive outburst helped the strong pitching of Chance Borden for East Grand Forks. He went the distance, allowing one run on five hits. He struck out three and walked one in picking up the win.

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Nick Lindberg went the distance for Perham. He allowed five runs on 12 hits. He struck out four, while walking one. He battled in-and-out of trouble for most of the night, limiting the big innings from East Grand Forks.

However, the bats remained cool for the Buzz on the evening. Perham finished with just nine hits in the two games.

East Grand Forks grabbed the lead with an unearned run in the second when Wyatt Swanson scored on a ground ball that was misplayed. Perham answered back in the second with its only run of the game. Patrick Murphy grounded in Perrine, who walked to start the inning, with the only run for Perham.

East Grand Forks regained the lead in the third on an RBI single by Jake Hjelle. The visitors tacked on another run in the fifth and two more in the sixth, closing out the 5-1 victory over Perham.

Musgrove finished with three hits for East Grand Forks. He added two runs scored and two runs batted in. Carter Beck, Wyatt Swanson and Hjelle finished with two hits each.

Tyler Bernstetter led the Perham attack. He ended with two hits, including a double. Andy Hanson, Perrine and Jace Kovash had a hit each as well.

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