Fergus Falls picks up another upset win at Substate 14 Legion tournament
It was the second upset in two days for Fergus Falls, which dumped No. 2-seeded Thief River Falls 8-5 in the opening round.
Perham jumped out to a 5-0 lead on four RBIs by Tristan Hammans. Hammans hit a two-out single to score Josh Still in the first inning for a 1-0 lead.
Hammans took Fergus Falls starter Shane Neumann deep for three-run home run in the third, followed by a solo shot by Joe Solberg to give Perham a five-run cushion.
“We come to play,” Neumann said. “It may not seem like that in the regular season, but we fight.”
Perham had beaten Fergus Falls in two prior meetings in Fergus by scores of 12-0 and 10-2 on June 17.
Fergus Falls tied the game with a five-run fifth inning on RBI singles by Noah Strom and Alex Hexum and an RBI double by Jake Lee.
The rally fired up Neumann on the mound.
“I’m used to giving up. I’m used to getting down on myself,” he said. “My teammates had my back. Coach believed in me and I believed in myself. After that big five-run inning we put up I told them, ‘I’m going to shut them down.’”
Perham regained the lead 6-5 when Solberg scored his second run of the game on a bleeder by Still that bounced off the second base bag and between the converging infielders.
Hexum scored his second run for Fergus Falls on a bad throw from shortstop to first base to tie the game in the seventh.
Perham reliever Mason Malikowski stranded Jared Christenson on third base by striking out the side to end the threat.
Fergus won the game beating up the Perham bullpen for four eighth-inning runs by Strom, Hexum, Pearson and Stocks.
Perham put two across in the ninth to send Neumann to the dugout and Zach Thonselle saved the victory for Neumann, retiring Hammans and Solberg.
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Neumann, Thonselle (9) and Strom. Mulcahy, Malikowski (6), Hammans (8), Carlson (9), and Meyer, Mulcahy (8). W–Neumann. L–Hammans. S–Thonselle. HR–P, Hammans, Solberg.
Alexandria 14, Detroit Lakes 0
A confident No. 4-seeded Alexandria team batted around the order each of the first three innings in a 14-0 blowout of No. 8 seed Detroit Lakes in championship quarterfinal play.
“I’m confident in our guys and think we have everything we need to win the tournament,” Alexandria head coach Jake Munsch said. “We still have to go out and execute. We’re good on paper but paper can burn quick.”
Thursday’s hero Blake Stockert scored in each of his first three plate appearances at the leadoff position and hit his second home run of the tournament.
First baseman Toby Helgeson and starting pitcher Mitch Thompson in the 3-hole and cleanup positions, respectively, also scored in each of their first three plate appearances.
Travis Krueger had a two-run single to score Helgeson and Thompson in the first inning and Krueger scored to cap scoring in the first frame at 4-0 Alexandria.
Casey Hammerback, batting in the 2-hole, joined Stockert, Helgeson and Thompson in scoring in the second inning to push the rout to 8-0.
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Thompson, Hockert (5), Hedstrom (7) and Hammerback. Voz, Schuviller (3) and Beck, Morris (5). W–Thompson. L–Voz. HR–A, Stockert.
Moorhead 11, Thief River Falls 2
Zach Schroeder went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs as Moorhead defeated Thief River Falls 11-2 in a loser’s bracket game Friday.
Drew Anderson also homered and drove in three runs for the Blues (31-14).
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Sanders, Storm (3) and Hoffard, Sanders (3). A. Erickson and Oberg. W–A. Erickson (6-1). L–Sanders. HR–M, Anderson (2), Schroeder (3).