The 2021 Perham junior Legion Sting was shut out by the Bemidji Woodpeckers 1-0 in a district playoff game Monday, July 21, at Krueger Field in Perham.

The Woodpeckers scored the only run of the game in the second inning on a ground out by Gavin Kapaun, and the Sting were unable to mount a comeback.

Pitching was the name of the game for both teams. For the Sting, Austin Schmelz gave up five hits and one run over seven innings, striking out three and walking one. Peyton Neadeau was on the mound for Bemidji and gave up three hits and zero runs over seven innings while striking out 10 and walking three batters.

Perham collected three hits in the contest, one apiece for Blaiz Schmidt, Omar Briseno, and Mason Schepper. The team left seven runners on base. Will Zellmann led the offense for Bemidji with two hits in the game.

The loss means the Sting will play Moorhead at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, at Krueger Field in Perham. If they defeat Moorhead, they will face Bemidji again at 3 p.m. Tuesday, and if they defeat the Woodpeckers, the Sting will play them again at 12 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, for the sub-state F championship.

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Austin Schmelz pitches for the Perham Sting in the district playoff game against Bemidji Monday, July 19, 2021, at Krueger Field in Perham. (Meghan Perry / Focus)
Austin Schmelz pitches for the Perham Sting in the district playoff game against Bemidji Monday, July 19, 2021, at Krueger Field in Perham. (Meghan Perry / Focus)

Bemidji 1, Perham 0

RHE

BEM 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 5 1

PER 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 3 1

WP-Peyton Neadeau (BEM)

LP-Austin Schmelz (PER)

PER-Blaiz Schmidt 1-3; Omar Briseno 1-3; Mason Schepper 1-2

Pitching

PER-Austin Schmelz 7IP, 5H, 1R, 1BB, 3K; BEM-Peyton Neadeau 7IP, 3H, 3BB, 10K