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Perham Buzz close out with wins over Brainerd/Nisswa and Pillager

The Perham Buzz closed out the regular season with a pair of victories over Brainerd/Nisswa and Pillager to wrap up the regular season. The pair of victories gives the Buzz some momentum heading into the postseason where they will be seeded fourt...

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Perham's Dawson Stevens connects with the pitch against Brainerd/Nisswa. Stevens hit a 3-run home run in the ninth inning helping Perham to the convincing 9-3 victory. Jason Groth/FOCUS

The Perham Buzz closed out the regular season with a pair of victories over Brainerd/Nisswa and Pillager to wrap up the regular season. The pair of victories gives the Buzz some momentum heading into the postseason where they will be seeded fourth and open with Bemidji.

The Buzz wrapped up the regular season with a 14-6 record and will begin playoffs on July 25 in East Grand Forks.

Buzz vs. Brainerd/Nisswa Solid pitching and timely hitting helped the Perham Buzz cruise to a 9-3 victory over Brainerd/Nisswa in Nisswa on July 20. The Buzz roped out 12 hits including two home runs and Nick Lindberg stymied Brainerd/Nisswa for seven innings. All nine starters recorded hits in the victory with Noah Rooney and Carter Mulcahy picking up two each.

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Perham's Max Tostenson puts the tag on the Brainerd/Nisswa baserunner.

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The big blasts were delivered by Roo Schmitz and Dawson Stevens. Schmitz hit a towering home run to left, while Stevens crushed one to right.

Perham wasted little time in jumping ahead. Jace Kovash and Nick Lindberg hit first inning doubles to give the Buzz a 1-0 lead. They tacked on two more runs in the third when Schmitz walloped a pitch over the left field fence and onto the roof of the nearby building in left to make it 3-0.

Brainerd/Nisswa answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning but Perham tacked them right back on in the top of the fourth. Singles by Mulcahy, Ryan Kalina, Max Tostenson and Noah Rooney helped the Buzz add two more runs on the scoreboard.

Brainerd/Nisswa cut into the lead with a run in the eighth against Schmitz, but Perham added four in the ninth. Three of those came off the bat of Stevens, who launched one into the trees beyond right field. Mulcahy, Maddux Kovash and Max Tostenson followed with singles to score another run.

Schmitz ended the game for the save with an old-fashioned eephus pitch. Schmitz recorded four strikeouts. He yielded one run on four hits while walking two.

Lindberg picked up the win and pitched seven strong. He allowed two unearned runs on six hits. He struck out three and walked one batter.

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Nick Lindberg pitched seven strong innings in the victory.

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Stevens drove in three runs while Schmitz and Tostenson drove in two each.

Buzz vs. Pillager The bats continued to surge for the Perham Buzz when they closed out the regular season with a 9-7 victory over the Perham Buzz on July 24 in Pillager.

Rooney led the way at the plate with four hits while Jace Kovash and Carter Mulcahy had two hits each. Schmitz continued his power hitting with a solo home run as he went back-to-back with Kovash in Perham’s five run third inning.

Ryan Kalina started the big inning when he reached on a walk, which was followed by Ben Winkels getting plunked. Rooney doubled home Kalina for the game’s first run. It was followed by Kovash’s home run which gave Perham a 4-0 lead. Schmitz added to it with a solo shot, making it 5-0.

Pillager answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, but Perham tacked on single runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings. Pillager mounted a comeback in the seventh, but it fell short as Perham picked up the 9-7 win.

Jace Kovash earned the win in relief. He struck out two and walked two in an inning and a third. Stevens started and allowed two runs on one hit. He struck out five but walked five in two and two-thirds. Ben Winkels, Andy Newville and Ryan Kalina saw time on the bump as well.

Schmitz, Stevens and Kalina added hits in the win for the Buzz. Rooney drove in two, while Kovash plated three. Schmitz, Stevens, Mulcahy and Maddux Kovash each drove in a run as well.

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