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Angels lose close playoff game to Bluffton

The Detroit Lakes Angels fell 7-6 in a heartbreaking, bottom of the ninth loss to rivals Bluffton Braves, Friday evening in Perham.

It was a slow paced game in favor of Bluffton up until the top of the eighth inning, when Angels infielder Matt Olson hit a game tying two-run home run to make it 5-5.

Angels Pitcher Bryan Buhr -- coming in to relieve starting pitcher Matt Olson -- threw a shutout bottom of the eighth to bring it to the top of the ninth.

Leadoff batter Phil Kirchner walked, and was thrown out trying to steal second base. That was followed by a Terry Haus groundout, which left it up to Noah Johnson with two outs.

Johnson then laced a single, and reached second on a passed ball, with Matt Nustad up at the plate.

Earlier in the game, Nustad hit a two-run home run, and he delivered again -- hitting a single for the go-ahead run.

The next Angels batter was than retired. Bluffton charged out hard in the bottom of the ninth, starting with a leadoff double off pitcher Bryan Buhr.

Matt Olson was then reinstated as pitcher, with a runner on second and no one out.

The next hitter tapped a bloop single to put two on, no one out.

The next Bluffton hitter bunted a clean bunt right on the line to load the bases. The following hitter smoked a game tying single with the game winning run on third.

The next Bluffton hitter would be the last as he drilled a rocket ground ball right by diving first baseman Terry Haus, for the game winning hit.

The loss forces the Angels to play Saturday at the winner of the Wadena-Deer Creek and Perham game. -- Jonah Bowe, for DL Newspapers