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Buzz earn key win to close out regular season

The Perham Buzz American Legion Baseball team needed to send a message to the rest of the district when they squared off with the Moorhead Blues at Krueger Field on July 16.

The Perham Buzz American Legion Baseball team needed to send a message to the rest of the district when they squared off with the Moorhead Blues at Krueger Field on July 16.

The message was simple, despite being one of the lower seeds for the playoffs, beginning on Thursday in Thief River Falls, that the Buzz will be a tough out. Moorhead secured the No. 1 seed and potentially could face the Buzz in the first round. While the Buzz, dropped game one, 6-0, they responded with a 4-2 victory over the Blues in game two.

The Buzz used a strong pitching performance, along with outstanding defense to pick up the 4-2 victory. The Buzz turned four double plays in the game, with Roo Schmitz turning two unassisted double plays in the game, including one that essentially put the game away in the seventh.

The Buzz lead wire-to-wire in game two, jumping ahead in the first inning. Jace Kovash started the scoring when he ripped a drive down the right field line. Moorhead's Zach Klindt dove for the ball and ended up crashing into the fence, allowing Kovash to score. Klindt was down for a few moments, but was able to leave the game under his own power.

The Buzz worked a two out rally for three runs in the second inning. Andy Hanson started it with a single. With two outs, Patrick Johnson walked with two outs, before Alex Tostenson plated Hanson with an RBI single. Nick Lindberg followed with an RBI single, making it 3-0. Kovash delivered his second run scoring hit of the game, making it 4-0 after two innings.

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Moorhead answered back against Lindberg in the third with a run scoring single by Brett Erickson, making it 3-1. Lindberg escaped further damage by inducing a ground ball and a pair of strikeouts.

Lindberg found himself in trouble again in the fourth, but the defense came through. With one out and two on, Cooper Tietz hit a line drive to Schmitz, who stepped on first for the inning ending double play.

The double play came up big for the Buzz in the fifth. The Buzz turned a 6-4-3 double play, despite the Blues scoring a run on the play, it essentially ended the inning.

The double play came in handy again in the sixth inning when Lindberg induced a comebacker. Lindberg fired to Dylan Perrine at home, who fired to first to retire the side.

Perham had another double play left in its system in the seventh. Eli Johnson led off with a single, but Erickson hit a line drive to Schmitz, who stepped on first for the second unassisted double play of the game. Lindberg ended the game with a fly ball to center field.

Lindberg went the distance, allowing just two runs. He scattered 11 Moorhead hits in the win. He struck out six batters and walked one batter. He worked the corners consistently, attacking the strike zone and forcing Moorhead to put the ball in play.

Lindberg, Kovash, Hanson and Tostenson finished with two hits each in the game. Perrine had the other hit for the Buzz in the win.

Griffin Swenson was saddled with the loss for Moorhead. He pitched six innings, allowing four runs on nine hits. He struck out four while walking two.

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Moorhead showed why it was the No. 1 seed in game one, earning a 6-0 victory over the Buzz.

The Blues used a solid performance from Alex Erickson in the win. Erickson worked in and out of trouble as the Buzz struggled to get that key hit to chase Erickson.

Erickson pitched six shutout innings. He scattered six hits and four Perham walks to get the win. He struck out three batters as well. Isaac Mohr pitched a perfect seventh in the win. He struck out one batter.

Walks hurt the Buzz in the first as four straight walks led to the game's first run in the second inning. A lead off walk in the third led to the second run of the game. The Blues added another, building a 3-0 lead.

The Blues broke things open in the fifth with three runs, allowing the Blues to take game one.

Perham struggled with runners on base in the loss. The Buzz stranded 11 runners on base, with six of them left in scoring position. The Buzz left the bases full in the fourth and two runners on base in the first, second, third and fifth innings.

Roo Schmitz suffered the loss. He allowed four runs in four and 1 /3 innings of work. He gave up three hits, but six walks proved to be his undoing. He struck out two batters.

Chandler Rach pitched the remainder in relief, allowing three runs on two hits. He walked four batters as well.

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Kovash finished with two hits for Perham, while Lindberg, Perrine, Gavin Meyer and Elias Hoffman finished with a hit each.

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