Perham Buzz power past Bemidji
Strong pitching and continued power surge from Roo Schmitz helped the Perham Buzz to a 4-3 victory over the Bemidji Centaurs in their Substate playoff opener in East Grand Forks on July 25.
Nick Lindberg went the distance and kept Bemidji at bay except for one slip up in the third inning. Lindberg allowed three runs, none earned, on nine hits. He struck out four and walked one in the complete-game effort.
Schmitz continued to swing a hot bat for Perham. He set the tone in the first with a two-run home run. It was the first of two extra base hits for him. Schmitz drove in three runs and scored twice in the win. He had three hits in the win.
The two-run blast by Schmitz gave them the early 2-0 lead. However, Bemidji bounced back for three in the third. But, Perham quickly answered with two in its half of the frame.
Jace Kovash tripled to start the frame and scored on a double by Schmitz. Schmitz came around to score on an RBI double by Carter Mulcahy to reclaim the lead for the Buzz.
A big play defensively came for the Buzz in the fifth inning with Bemidji threatening to tie the game. Perham’s Ryan Kalina threw a guy out at the plate for the second out of the inning. Lindberg induced a fly ball to end the frame. Bemidji would not threaten again in the game as Perham held on for the 4-3 win.
Schmitz finished with three hits, while Mulcahy added two hits. Noah Rooney, Jace Kovash and Max Tostenson had hits as well.
The Buzz will now take on Moorhead in the second round of the playoffs in East Grand Forks.