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Buzz close out season with sweep

Perham shortstop Nick Lindberg slaps the tag on Fergus Falls' Sean McGuire as he tries to steal second in the first game of the doubleheader with the Buzz. Jason Groth/FOCUS1 / 2
Perham's Roo Schmitz delivers to the plate during his game one victory over Fergus Falls. He allowed two runs on his way to the complete game victory. Jason Groth/FOCUS2 / 2

The Perham Buzz closed out the regular season with a Northern Lakes Conference sweep of Fergus Falls on July 14 at Krueger Field in perham. The sweep gave the Buzz the No. 4 seed for the Sub-State 14 District Tournament, which begins on July 20 in Alexandria.

The Buzz open postseason play against East Grand Forks at 1 p.m. in Alexandria. The two teams split the regular season series in East Grand Forks. Perham dropped the first meeting, 6-4, but rebounded in the second game, defeating East Grand Forks, 4-2. The Buzz finished the regular season with a 7-7 record in the Northern Lakes Conference, while finishing the regular season, 10-12 overall.

East Grand Forks finished a game back of Perham. They finished the regular season with a 6-8 record in conference play. Both teams hold identical minus 30 in run differentials. East Grand Forks was one of two teams to take a game away from the No. 1 seeded Bemidji Centaurs during the regular season.

Bemidji opens play with Thief River Falls at 10 a.m. on July 20 in Alexandria. Other first round games include Moorhead taking on Detroit Lakes, while Fergus Falls will take on Alexandria. The tournament continues through July 23 in Alexandria. The winner of the Perham/East Grand Forks game will take on the winner of Thief River Falls/Bemidji at 4 p.m. on July 21. The losers of the two games will square off at 10 a.m. on July 21.

The Buzz closed out the season winning a pair of games over Fergus Falls, 11-2 and 7-4. Roo Schmitz was strong on the hill for the Buzz and was aided by a big first inning in game one. Schmitz went the distance, allowing two runs on six hits. He struck out five and walked four. He relied on his defense, which came through during the contest, helping him coast to the victory.

Perham capitalized on Fergus Falls’ inability to find the plate. Perham jumped ahead in the first with seven runs on just three hits. Perham capitalized on the walkfest in the first. They walked five times and had a batter get hit by a pitch during the inning.

Josh Jeziorski and Ian Christenson drove in runs with bases loaded walks, while Andy Newville dropped a two run single into right. Nick Lindberg brought home a run with a walk, while Jace Kovash plated two with a single to right, making it 7-0.

Perham's Ty Moser connects with a pitch.

Perham added a pair of runs in the fourth inning as well. Dawson Stevens laced a double, scoring a run. Jeziorski followed with a sacrifice fly, making it 9-0 in the fourth.

Fergus Falls answered with two runs in the fifth inning when Austin Stanislawski roped a double, making it 9-2.

Perham answered with a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Lindberg doubled in a run, while Kovash followed with an RBI single, making it 11-2.

Patrick Johnson camps under a fly ball.

Kovash finished the game with three hits and three runs batted in. Lindberg ended with two hits, two runs batted in and two runs scored. Stevens finished the game with two hits, a run batted in and a run scored in the win. Jeziorski and Newville brought home a pair of runs as well.

The Buzz continued their strong hitting in game two, when they disposed of Fergus Falls, 7-4. Perham fell behind, but rallied back in the game, keyed by a three-run home run from Ian Christenson.

Lindberg picked up the win on the mound but had to leave the game due to pitch count. Schmitz came on in relief and picked up the save for the Buzz.

Kovash finished the game with four hits, finishing the day with seven hits for the Buzz. Schmitz, Christenson and Johnson finished the game with hits as well.

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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