The undefeated Perham Sting junior Legion team will battle undefeated Bemidji in a district playoff game Monday, July 19, at Krueger Field in Perham after defeating Cross Lake Nisswa and East Grand Forks in the first two playoff rounds Sunday, July 18.

The No. 1-seeded Sting defeated No. 8 seed Cross Lake Nisswa 8-2 in the first round of the playoffs. Blaiz Schmidt got the team on the board in the first inning on a double to left field, driving in Evan Kovash and Ben Shumansky. Schmidt scored later in the inning when Omar Briseno hit a hard ground ball single to left field. The Sting added another run in the second inning when Kovash hit a line drive single to right field, driving in Gage Aanenson to put Perham up 4-0.

Cross Lake Nisswa scored in the top of the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly, but Perham answered that run in the bottom of the fifth when Shumansky singled to left field, driving in Kovash. Cross Lake scored again in the top of the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly to center field. The Sting sealed the victory in the bottom of the sixth inning when they added three more runs. Conner Colliton drove in Briseno on a ground ball single to left field and later scored when Austin Aanenson reached first on an error by the Cross Lake Nisswa first baseman. Gage Aanenson scored the final run on a sacrifice fly to center field by Shumansky.

Ashton Detloff pitched the Sting to victory, allowing four hits and two runs over seven innings while striking out seven batters and walking zero. The victory advanced the Sting to the next round, where they faced East Grand Forks Post 157 17U and came away with a 5-1 win.

The Sting got their offense going in the second inning, scoring three runs. Kovash ground into a fielder's choice, allowing Gage Aanenson to score. Mason Schepper scored on an error by the East Grand Forks' shortstop, and Kovash scored on a line drive single by Shumansky.

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Ben Shumansky connects for a triple in Perham Sting's 5-1 victory over East Grand Forks in the junior legion district playoffs Sunday, July 18, 2021, at Krueger Field in Perham. (Meghan Perry / Focus)
Ben Shumansky connects for a triple in Perham Sting's 5-1 victory over East Grand Forks in the junior legion district playoffs Sunday, July 18, 2021, at Krueger Field in Perham. (Meghan Perry / Focus)

East Grand Forks threatened in the top of the sixth inning. After giving up a single and a walk, pitcher Austin Aanenson hit the next batter to load the bases with zero outs. He struck out the next batter before being relieved by Schmidt, who got out of the jam and allowed just one run. In the bottom of the sixth, the Sting added two insurance runs when Kovash drove in Austin Aanenson on a line drive single and Shumansky drove in Kovash on a line drive triple to center field. East Grand Forks was unable to produce any runs in the seventh, giving the Sting the win and allowing them to advance to next round of the playoffs.

Perham Sting's Blaiz Schmidt pitches to East Grand Forks in the seventh inning of the junior legion district playoff game Sunday, July 18, 2021, at Krueger Field in Perham. (Meghan Perry / Focus)
Perham Sting's Blaiz Schmidt pitches to East Grand Forks in the seventh inning of the junior legion district playoff game Sunday, July 18, 2021, at Krueger Field in Perham. (Meghan Perry / Focus)

The Sting are undefeated this season. They face undefeated Bemidji at 3 p.m. on Monday, July 19, at Krueger Field in Perham.

Perham Sting 8, Cross Lake Nisswa 2

RHE

CLN 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 - 2 4 3

PER 3 1 0 0 1 3 x - 8 8 2

WP-Ashton Detloff (PER)

PER-Austin Aanenson 1RBI; Evan Kovash 1-1, 2R, 1RBI; Ben Shumansky 1-3, 1R, 2RBI; Blaiz Schmidt 1-3, 1R, 2RBI; Omar Briseno 2-3, 1R, 1RBI; Conner Colliton 1-3, 1R, 1RBI; Gage Aanenson 2-3, 2R

Pitching

PER-Ashton Detloff 7IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 7K

Perham 5, East Grand Forks 1

RHE

EGF 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 - 1 7 2

PER 0 3 0 0 0 2 x - 5 10 1

WP-Austin Aanenson (PER)

PER-Austin Aanenson 2-4, 1R; Evan Kovash 2-4, 2R, 2RBI; Ben Shumansky 2-4, 2RBI; Conner Colliton 1-2; Austin Schmelz 1-2; Gage Aanenson 1-3, 1R; Mason Schepper 1-3, 1R

Pitching

PER-Austin Aanenson 5.1IP, 6H, 1R, 7K, 2BB; Blaiz Schmidt 1.2IP, 1H, 2K