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Perham Buzz open Sub-state play with Alexandria

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Members of the Perham Buzz Legion baseball team listen to the coaching staff prior to taking the field at a game in Omaha. The Buzz open postseason play with Alexandria in Detroit Lakes on July 24 at 11 a.m. Jason Groth/FOCUS

A pair of one run victories has the Perham Buzz riding some momentum into the Sub-State 14 Tournament in Detroit Lakes on July 24-27.

The Buzz will face a familiar foe in the first round as the No. 4 seed. Perham opens play against Alexandria, who earned the No. 5 seed. By virtue of earning the No. 4 seed, Perham may have one of the toughest draws in recent memory. It's expected Perham will face Carter Stockert in game one, who has committed to pitch at North Dakota State University.

Perham's Dawson Stevens was able to connect for a two-run home run, which helped Perham to a 3-2 victory over Alexandria in the game Stockert pitched during the regular season. The left-handed pitcher went six innings. He fanned nine batters and allowed three runs on just three hits.

In that outing, Noah Rooney out-lasted Stockert. He allowed two runs on three hits. He struck out eight batters and walked four. It's setting up to be a rematch between the two left-handed pitchers.

Rooney has posted a 4-1 record on the season with a 1.029 earned run average. He has struck out 52 batters and walked 16, while allowing just 18 hits in 34 innings pitched.

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Timely hitting will be key for both teams against two strong hurlers on the mound. Perham enters with a team batting average of .306 with five home runs during the season. Jace Kovash lead the team with 21 runs batted in, while Carter Mulcahy is second on the team with 16 runs batted in. Dawson Stevens has plated 13 runs and Josh Jeziorski has plated 12.

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Perham's Carter Mulcahy slides in safely at home during a game at the Battle of Omaha Tournament. Mulcahy and the Buzz are gearing up for the Sub-State 14 Baseball Tournament in Detroit Lakes. Jason Groth/FOCUS

The winner of the Perham and Alexandria game will have a well-rested Moorhead Blues team waiting in the wings. The Blues, are the defending Sub-State 14 champions, enter as the No. 1 seed and earned a first round bye due to the region only having seven teams this year.

The Blues spent most of the American Legion season ranked No. 3 overall, but have dropped out of the polls recently, split the season series with Perham. Perham won a close game 3-1 before the Blues blew out the Buzz 11-1 in game two of the doubleheader.

The other half of the bracket will feature a pair of compelling match-ups as well. Bemidji, who earned the No. 3 seed, will open up with Fergus Falls. Perham split the regular season with both of those teams as well. Those two teams will take to the field at 1:30 p.m., while the first day of games will come to a close at 4 p.m. with Detroit Lakes taking on East Grand Forks. East Grand Forks earned the No. 2 seed, while Detroit Lakes claimed the seventh spot.

All of the tournament games will be held at the Washington Park Field in Detroit Lakes. The Sub-State 14 Championship game is set for July 27 at 12 p.m., unless there is an if necessary game to be played, which would immediately follow the conclusion of the previous game.

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