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Perham dominant in road wins

Perham's Noah Rooney delivers to the plate during his complete game victory over St. Paul Johnson. Rooney fanned 15 batters and allowed just four hits in the 5-0 win. Submitted photo

After a pair of 5-0 shutouts against Renville County West and St. Paul Johnson, the Perham baseball team has allowed just 10 earned runs in 12 games. The Yellowjackets are outscoring opponents 113-16 overall.

This time it was Noah Rooney and Maddux Kovash posting a pair of shutout victories. Kovash went seven strong innings against Renville County West, while Rooney followed with seven strong as well.

One of the keys to the Yellowjackets success on the mound, pitchers that consistently throw strikes. The Yellowjackets as a team have walked 21 batters in 75 innings pitched and have allowed just 41 hits against.

Kovash struck out eight and gave up two hits in the 5-0 win over Renville County West. Perham jumped out with a three in the second and sealed the game with two more in the seventh.

Kovash had three hits and drove in a run, while Carter Mulcahy had two hits and drove in a run. Dawson Stevens drove in a run as well in the game. Rooney and Sam Still each had a hit in the 5-0 victory.

After Kovash’s gem, Rooney followed with one of his own. The left-handed pitcher struck out 15 batters and allowed just four hits. He threw 95 pitches and 73 of them were for strikes as he continued to batter the strike zone.

The Yellowjackets scored three in the first and two in the second and that was more than enough for Rooney. The lefthander has been an anchor at the top of a very deep rotation for Perham. He has struck out 44 batters in 20 innings pitched and has walked just four batters. He holds a record of 3-0 with a .350 earned run average. The Yellowjackets have a team earned run average of .933.

Sam Still finished with three hits and two runs scored. Kovash added a pair of hits and a run scored in the win. Stevens and Josh Jeziorski each had a hit and a run batted in. Stephen Lindberg and Max Tostenson each drove in a run as well. Carter Mulcahy added a hit and two runs scored.

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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