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Buzz continue run with 7-5 win over Detroit Lakes

Thief River Falls, Minn.- The Perham Buzz picked the right time to start playing their best baseball of the season. The eighth seeded Buzz picked up its second straight victory in the Sub-State 14 tournament with a 7-5 victory over Detroit Lakes ...

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Perham's Patrick Murphy slides in safely at home with the game's first run before Detroit Lakes' Andrew Dahl can make the tag. Robert Williams/Forum News Service

Thief River Falls, Minn.- The Perham Buzz picked the right time to start playing their best baseball of the season. The eighth seeded Buzz picked up its second straight victory in the Sub-State 14 tournament with a 7-5 victory over Detroit Lakes Area on July 22.

The Buzz jumped ahead with two runs in the second, followed by a trio of runs in the third inning. The Buzz added single runs in the fifth and the eighth innings, which was just enough for them to hold off a late rally from Detroit Lakes Area.

Nick Lindberg earned the win for the Buzz. He pitched six and 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits. He struck out four, while walking one batter in the win.

It was enough to spoil Parker Hanson's big night for Detroit Lakes Area. Hanson finished with four hits, including a home run and a triple. Connor Johnson homered as well for Detroit Lakes Area in the loss.

The Buzz struck first in the second inning against Connor Johnson. The inning started when Patrick Murphy laced a double to left field. Roo Schmitz followed with a bunt single, putting runners on the corners. Andy Hanson followed with a chopper back to the mound, Johnson went to first with the ball and Murphy broke for home, beating the throw for the first run of the game.

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Small ball continued for the Buzz in the inning when Gavin Meyer hit a chopper to first and Schmitz broke for home, scoring on the high throw, making it 2-0. Perham was unable to push another run across when Johnson flipped to home on a squeeze attempt, cutting Chandler Rach down at the plate.

Perham capitalized on a pair of miscues by Detroit Lakes Area in the third inning when Roo Schmitz laced a double to right center field. It scored Dylan Perrine, who reached on an error and Patrick Murphy, who walked. Another error allowed Hanson to reach and a fielder's choice off the bat of Rach, allowed Schmitz to score to make it 5-0.

Detroit Lakes Area answered with a run of its own, when Parker Hanson crushed a Lindberg offering over the fence in left, making it 5-1.

Perrine roped a line drive double down the line to left with two strikes after grinding out an at bat against Johnson. Murphy followed with a base hit, making it 6-1, when Perrine came around to score.

Detroit Lakes Area cut into the lead when Johnson lifted a fly ball over the fence in right center field, making it 6-2. The home run closed the book on Lindberg after six and 1/3 of work.

Perham answered back with a run of its own. After a pair of walks and an infield single, Jace Kovash lifted a fly ball to center field, allowing Matt Benke to score, extending the Perham lead to five.

Detroit Lakes Area capitalized on a pair of errors in the eighth, cutting the lead back to four. Kai McLeod looped a fly ball that was misplayed, which allowed a run to score, making it 7-3.

Things got dicey for the Buzz in the ninth when Detroit Lakes Area scored a pair of runs on a single by Brian Schoenborn, making it 7-5. However, Benke settled down and induced a game ending ground ball to shortstop, preserving the win.

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Benke pitched two and 2/3 innings of relief. He allowed three runs on four hits. He struck out two, while hitting one batter.

Murphy finished with three hits, while Schmitz added two hits and two runs batted in. Kovash, Hanson, Rach and Gavin Meyer drove in runs as well for Perham.

Johnson took the loss on the mound for Detroit Lakes Area. He allowed six runs on six hits. He struck out two, walked two and hit one batter.

The Buzz will try to make it three in a row when they square off with Bemidji at 7 p.m. at Thief River Falls in the Sub-State 14 Winner's Bracket final.

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