Legion baseball: Perham splits road doubleheader with sixth-ranked Alexandria

The Perham Legion baseball team strung together four runs in the final inning of game two against sixth-ranked Alexandria to earn a road split.

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ALEXANDRIA – A four-run seventh inning earned the Perham Legion baseball team a split against sixth-ranked Alexandria.

The Buzz took the second game by a score of 4-1 in Friday’s road doubleheader.

Evan Kovash walked with the bases loaded before Gamble Bye put Perham ahead with a sacrifice fly. After Blaiz Schmidt walked to load the bases again, Austin Schmelz singled in two more runs.

Kovash threw seven innings without giving up an earned run. He allowed 10 hits with two strikeouts in the win. Kovash danced around a leadoff single in the bottom of the seventh inning to get the final three outs.

Perham tallied two total hits in the three-run win. Jaxon Schoenrock threw 6 and 1/3 innings, giving up one hit and five walks. Schoenrock struck out 11 Perham batters.


Alexandria’s lone run came in the bottom of the fifth inning when J.D. Hennen doubled in a run.

According to the Scheels Top 20 Rankings, Alexandria is the sixth-ranked team for Division I Legion baseball teams in Minnesota. They beat Perham 3-0 behind Will Suchy’s three-hit shutout in game one.

Suchy threw 6 and 2/3 innings with 12 strikeouts and two walks. Nick Levasseur closed the one-out save, striking out a Perham batter for the 13th time in game one.

Grady Anderson broke the scoreless tie with a two-out double in the bottom of the second. The lead doubled in the fourth inning with Anderson’s second run-scoring hit of the game. Anderson struck one more time in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single.

Chas Melvin lasted five innings on the mound for Perham. He allowed two earned runs on five hits with nine strikeouts.

Perham is 6-7 this summer after Friday’s split.


PERHAM 000 000 4 – 4 - 2 - 1

ALEXANDRIA 000 010 0 – 1 - 10 - 1

WP: Evan Kovash (7IP, 10H, 1R, 0ER, 2K, 0BB)

LP: Jaxon Schoenrock (6.1IP, 1H, 4R, 0ER, 11K, 5BB)


PERHAM 000 000 0 – 0 - 3 - 0

ALEXANDRIA 010 101 X – 3 - 6 - 0

WP: Will Suchy (6.2IP, 3H, 0R, 0ER, 12K, 2BB)

LP: Chas Melvin (5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 9K, 2BB)

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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