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Buzz take two from Alexandria

Perham's Carter Mulcahy gets the high hop and the out during Perham's sweep of Alexandria. Jason Groth/FOCUS

The Perham Buzz had an extended break to lament a pair of losses to the Moorhead Blues before returning to the diamond against Alexandria on July 9. The extended break did wonders for the Buzz when they swept Alexandria at Krueger Field, 2-1 and 13-3.

The Buzz showed they can win via a variety of wins with the sweep of Alexandria. The first game was an old fashioned pitcher’s duel, while game two was more of a slugfest for the Buzz.

Nick Lindberg and Alexandria’s Carter Stockert dueled it out into the eighth inning, but did not factor in the decision as the game went into the ninth inning before it was decided.

Alexandria struck first in the second and would be shut down after that by Lindberg and Roo Schmitz. The Buzz tied the game in the fourth when Lindberg doubled and scored on a single by Dawson Stevens.

Nick Lindberg delivers to the plate in game one.

It remained even until the ninth. It started with a Jace Kovash single. Roo Schmitz reached on an error, which allowed Kovash to move to second. Nick Lindberg hit an infield single and the throw was errant, allowing Kovash to score the game-winning run for Perham in game one.

Lindberg settled in after giving up a run on three hits in the first two innings. He struck out five and walked one batter in seven and two-thirds of work. He gave way to Schmitz in the eighth and Schmitz came on with an inning and a third of scoreless relief to earn the win. He walked one batter but did not give up a hit.

Riley Nelson took the loss in relief of Carter Stockert. Stockert went eight innings and allowed one run on five hits. Nelson gave up one run on two hits without recording an out in the eighth inning.

Jace Kovash finished with three hits, while Lindberg added two. Noah Rooney and Stevens had a hit each for Perham in the win.

Maddux Kovash backhands a ground ball in the hole against Alexandria.

The top of the order did the damage for the Buzz in a 13-3 game two victory over Alexandria. Rooney, Jace Kovash and Schmitz combined to drive in 10 of the team’s 13 runs in the 13-3 mercy rule victory.

Alexandria appeared to be rolling in the first inning when they scored three runs off of Rooney. However, he settled in and the offense took off. Schmitz drove in five runs including a three-run home run in the first inning. Jace Kovash plated three and Rooney drove in two.

After giving up three runs in the first, Rooney settled in and kept Alexandria off the board. He went five innings and allowed three runs on five hits. He walked four and struck out five. Stevens pitched a scoreless inning of relief. He struck out the side and walked a batter.

The Buzz answered Alexandria’s three with three of their own on a three-run blast by Schmitz. They took the lead for good with three in the fourth, five in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Kovash had three hits, while Schmitz finished with two. Lindberg, Josh Jeziorski, Ben Winkels, Maddux Kovash and Max Tostenson had a hit each in the victory.

The Buzz return to action with the Detroit Lakes Water Carnival Tournament. Perham will open with Tri-City at 7:30 p.m. on July 13, before playing Minneapolis at 4 p.m. on July 14 and Breckenridge on July 15 at 11:30 a.m.

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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