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Fast start propels Moorhead over Perham

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Perham's Chayse Solberg stretches out and keeps his foot on the bag to complete the home-to-first double play. Jason Groth/FOCUS

An extra day off did not slow down the No. 1 seeded Moorhead Blues during its first game of the Sub-State 14 American Legion Tournament in Detroit Lakes on July 25. The Blues scored five first inning runs and never looked back on their way to a 7-1 victory over the Perham Buzz at Washington Park.

The Blues, the No. 1 seed, received a first round bye and quickly knocked off the rust from an extra day of rest before their playoffs started. Wyatt Gunkel and Christiano D'Agostino led the way at the plate with a pair of hits. D'Agostino started the scoring with a line drive double in the first after Perham turned a line drive double play.

However, the first inning rally continued when Sterling Haphey was hit by a pitch and Caden Triggs delivered the big knock in the inning with a line drive double to score two runs. Heyden Netland drove in a run as well in the first with an RBI double and the Blues were staked to an early 5-0 lead.

That was more than enough for D'Agostino. He went the distance and allowed just one Perham hit. He struck out eight and walked two batters in the effort. He gave up one run when it was ruled a fly ball off the bat of Josh Jeziorski was dropped. Dawson Stevens, who doubled, came around to score on the dropped fly ball, which was the only run in the game for Perham.

Maddux Kovash took the loss for Perham. He gave up five runs on five hits. He walked one in 2/3 of an inning.

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Finn Diggins pitched three and a third of scoreless relief. He allowed two hits and three walks. He struck out one. Max Tostenson gave up two runs in two innings. He allowed three hits, walked two and struck out three.

Saari,, Haphey, Triggs, Schaub and Netland had hits in the win for Moorhead. The Blues will play either East Grand Forks or Bemidji in the winner's bracket final at 4 p.m. on July 26 at Washington Park.

Perham will play Fergus Falls in an elimination game at 4 p.m. on July 25 at Washington Park in Detroit Lakes.

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