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Perham Sting respond with sweep of Alexandria

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After suffering a pair of road losses to Moorhead, the Perham U-17 Sting earned a 6-4 and 8-5 doubleheader sweep of Alexandria on July 8 at Krueger Field in Perham.

The Sting started the fireworks in the first inning when Rian Solberg connected for a three-run home run as part of a four-run first inning. The Sting added two more runs in the third inning after giving up a pair of runs in the top of the third inning.

Alexandria cut into the lead with a pair of runs in the sixth inning, but Perham was able to hold off and secure the win, the first of the season.

Solberg drove in three of the team's six runs with the three-run home run in the first inning. Gage Germolus had a pair of hits and a run scored for Perham. Ben Shumansky and Jack Mensing each had a hit and a run scored in the game. Perham had just five hits in the game. Austin Schmelz drove in a run as well for Perham.

Three pitchers saw work on the mound for Perham in the win. Austin Aanenson pitched into the third inning. He allowed two runs on four hits. He struck out four and walked one. Conner Colliton pitched two and two-thirds, allowing just one hit. He struck out one and walked one. Evan Kovash closed out the game on the bump. He allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits. He walked two and struck out one.

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A six-run sixth inning helped the Sting earn an 8-5 victory over Alexandria in game two of the double dip. The Sting capitalized on seven walks and five hits in the win.

Logan Pulju finished with a pair of hits, two runs batted in and two runs scored. Germolus added a hit, a run scored and a run batted in. Omar Briseno drove in a pair of runs and had a hit as well. Shumansky added an RBI as well. Kovash finished with a hit, a run scored and a run batted in. Carter Seedorf added an RBI and a run scored as well.

Schmelz pitched four innings and allowed one run on two hits. He struck out five and walked three. Solberg and Briseno pitched in relief. They combined to go an inning and allowed four runs on two hits with six walks combined. Kovash shut the door in the final two innings. He struck out two and did not give up a hit.

The U-17 Sting will now travel to Detorit Lakes for a doubleheader at 5 p.m. on July 15.

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