The Perham Legion baseball team continues its winning streak, sweeping a doubleheader against East Grand Forks Wednesday, June 30, at Krueger Field in Perham.
Game one ended in dramatic fashion when Perham's Maddux Kovash hit a walk-off single to defeat East Grand Forks 5-4. The game was tied at four in the bottom of the seventh inning when Kovash singled on the first pitch of the at bat, driving in one run.
East Grand Forks got on the board first in the third inning, scoring one run, and added another run in the fourth inning. Perham scored its first run in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Ben Shumansky hit a ground ball single, allowing Jacob McAllister to score.
Wanting to put some space between the teams, East Grand Forks scored two more runs in the sixth inning, and it looked like they might win the first game, but Perham wasn't quite done. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Andrew Smith hit a line drive double to left field, driving in Austin Aanenson and Jacob McAllister. Shumansky then drove in Smith on a single, tying the game at four apiece. Kovash then hit the walk-off, driving in Chas Melvin and giving Perham the 5-4 victory.
Melvin started on the mound for Perham. He gave up three runs on three hits over five and one-third innings and striking out 10 batters. Caden Schossow came on in relief and pitched one and two-thirds innings, allowing two hits and one run and striking out two and earning the win.
Perham had nine hits in the game, with McAllister leading the team with three hits in three at bats.
After getting the winning hit for Perham in the first game, Kovash took the mound in the second game and continued to shine. He threw a complete game shutout, allowing just two hits while striking out 11 and walking one batter in Perham's 10-0 victory.
Perham scored five runs in the second inning. McAllister started things off with a line drive single to right field, scoring Rian Solberg and Mason Schepper. Then, with the bases loaded, East Grand Forks walked Shumansky, and Germolus scored. Kovash ended the scoring in the inning with a line drive single that drove in McAllister and Smith and put Perham up 5-0.
In the fourth inning, Perham added five more runs. Shumansky hit a line drive double to center field, driving in Smith, followed by a Kovash single that drove in Shumansky. Then, with two outs, Schepper hit a single, allowing KOvash to score. The final two runs were scored by Logan Pulju and Schepper on two wild pitches.
In addition to the shutout, Kovash led Perham at the plate with three hits in three at bats. The team didn't commit a single error in the game.
Perham's record sits at 10-1. The team travels to Bemidji Tuesday, July 6, for a doubleheader that starts at 4 p.m.
Perham 5, East Grand Forks 4 (Game 1)
EGF 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 - 4 5 4
PER 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 - 5 9 1
WP-Caden Schossow (PER)
PER-Andrew Smith 1-4, 1R, 2RBI; Chas Melvin 1-3, 1R; Ben Shumansky 2-4, 2RBI; Maddux Kovash 1-4, 1RBI; Austin Aanenson 1-3, 1R; Jacob McAllister 3-3, 2R
PER-Chas Melvin 5.1IP, 3H, 3R, 10K, 3BB; Caden Schossow 1.2IP, 2H, 1R, 2K
Perham 10, East Grand Forks 0
EGF 0 0 0 0 0 x x - 0 2 0
PER 0 5 0 5 x x x - 10 9 0
WP-Maddux Kovash (PER)
PER-Andrew Smith 2-3, 2R; Ben Shumansky 1-2, 1R, 2RBI; Maddux Kovash 3-3, 1R, 3RBI; Logan Pulju 1-2, 1R; Rian Solberg 1R; Mason Schepper 1-2, 2R, 1RBI; Gage Germolus 1R; Jacob McAllister 1-3, 1R, 2RBI
PER-Maddux Kovash 5IP, 2H, 1BB, 11K