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Perham wraps up perfect HOL season with sweep of Frazee

Perham's Josh Jeziorski scoops up the ground ball and gets ready to fire across the diamond to first base for the out against Frazee. Submitted photo

The Perham baseball team secured the Heart O’Lakes Conference regular season championship with 18-1 and 15-4 victories over Frazee on May 13 at Krueger Field in Perham.

The Hornets proved to be no match for the Yellowjackets as they capitalized on 11 walks, eight hit batters and two errors on their way to the convincing win in game one, which clinched the HOL Conference Championship for the Yellowjackets.

By the time Perham recorded its first hit, the Yellowjackets had a 3-0 lead. The Yellowjackets first hit was a grand slam from Maddux Kovash, who took an offering over the right centerfield fence, giving Perham a 7-0 lead in the second inning.

Perham continued the onslaught in the fourth inning with 11 runs on just five hits in that frame.

Maddux Kovash finished with three hits and drove in six runs for Perham. He added a two-run triple as well in the game.

Maddux Kovash is congratulated by Perham head coach James Mulcahy after his grand slam against Frazee.

Max Tostenson finished with two hits and a run batted in, while Benson Nyhus had a hit and drove in three runs.

Sam Still, Alex Stoll, Chayse Solberg, Josh Jeziorski, Michael Benke and Chas Melvin all drove in runs in the lopsided victory.

Still earned the win on the mound. He went four innings and allowed one run on two hits. He struck out four. Stoll pitched an inning of relief, walking one and striking out two batters in the win.

Perham continued its solid run production in game two. Perham scored at least two runs in five of the six innings played and scored five in the sixth for the 10-run rule victory over Frazee.

Sam Still fires to the plate in game one for Perham.

Kovash continued his strong day at the plate. He finished with three hits, drove in two runs and scored three runs. Still finished with two hits and drove in four runs, while Dawson Stevens added a pair of hits in the game.

Benson Nyhus ended with a hit and two runs batted in as well for Perham. The Yellowjackets finished with 11 hits in the win. Carter Mulcahy added a hit as did Benke and Melvin.

Benke picked up the win on the mound in game two. He allowed two runs on five hits, while he struck out five batters. Stephen Lindberg pitched three innings of relief and allowed two runs on three hits. He struck out two and walked two.

Perham improved its season mark to 14-0 overall and 12-0 in the HOL. The Yellowjackets are home for a trio of non-conference games, beginning on Friday with Warroad. The Yellowjackets will host Roseau and Minneapolis Edison on Saturday.

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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