Legion baseball roundup: Perham goes 2-1 in Jamestown after home split with Bemidji

The Perham Legion baseball team went 2-1 on a North Dakota trip to Jamestown after Jacob McAllister's grand slam led to a split against Bemidji last Wednesday.

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Perham's Blaiz Schmidt looks back a runner to first base in a 7-3 loss against Detroit Lakes at Washington Park on July 5, 2022.
Jared Rubado / Perham Focus
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PERHAM – The Perham Legion baseball team had a successful trip to Jamestown, ND, over the weekend.

After beating Madan and Carrington, Perham fell to Jamestown 7-3 on Sunday to go 2-1 on the road.

Jamestown struck for six runs in the first three innings on its way to six earned runs, five hits and 12 walks. Jamestown's Jacoby Nold allowed one earned run in 5 and 2/3 innings. He struck out seven Perham batters and allowed only four hits.

Trailing 7-1 in the top of the second inning, Perham staged a minor comeback effort. With two outs, Jacob McAllister singled before Connor Colliton and Gage Aanenson each walked to load the bases.

Cullen Poole singled in a pair of runs to cut the deficit to four. However, Jamestown got a strikeout to end the game.


Perham got a great start out of Austin Schmelz in its second game of the weekend. Schmelz helped Perham defeat Carrington 6-1 behind a complete-game, six-hit performance. He didn't allow an earned run and struck out eight batters in the win.

Trailing 1-0, Perham took the lead in the bottom of the fourth when Chas Melvin scored on an error. Colliton gave Perham its first lead on a passed ball in the next at-bat.

Logan Pulju made it 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning before an error brought home another run. Blaz Schmidt brought Pulju home before Evan Kovash put the icing on the cake with an RBI double.

On Friday, Chas Melvin shut out Madan to earn the first win of the weekend. Melvin threw seven scoreless innings with eight strikeouts and four hits allowed. Perham scored runs in the first and sixth innings on its way to a 2-0 win.

After stumbling against Detroit Lakes on Tuesday night, it looked as if Bemidji would hand Perham two more losses. That was until McAllister launched a grand slam in a 9-7 game-two win.

Andrew Smith and Gamble Bye drove in runs with a single and a double to give Perham a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the third before Blaiz Schmidt walked to load the bases. McAllister pulled a ball over the left-field fence to take a 9-3 lead.

Bemidji added three runs in the fourth and threatened in the seventh. Schmelz got out of a jam with a strikeout to end the game and avenge a 7-1 game-one loss.

Perham has a road doubleheader in Moorhead on Tuesday before hosting Brainerd on Thursday to end the regular season.



BEMIDJI 320 011 0 – 7 - 8 - 0

PERHAM 000 000 1 – 1 - 5 - 3

WP: Aaron Heger 5IP, 0H, 0R. 0ER, 7K, 3BB

LP: Logan Pulju 5IP, 6H, 6R, 2ER, 4K, 3BB



BEMIDJI 021 300 1 – 7 - 10 - 2

PERHAM 207 000 X – 9 - 10 - 0

WP: Evan Kovash 5IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 6K, 3BB,

LP: Hunter Brodina 2.2IP, 8H, 9R, 9ER, 2K, 2BB

PERHAM HITTING- Gambel Bye 2B; Chas Melvin 2B; Andrew Smith 2B, Jacob McAllister HR

MADAN 000 000 0 – 0 - 4 - 0

PERHAM 100 001 X – 2 - 6 - 0

WP: Chas Melvin 7IP, 4H, 0R, 0ER, 8K, 3BB

LP: Lucas Burgum 5IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 3K, 0BB

CARRINGTON 100 000 X – 1 - 6 - 3

PERHAM 000 204 X – 6 - 6 - 2

WP: Austin Schmelz 7IP, 6H, 1R, 0ER, 8K, 0BB

LP: Huston Schmitz 6IP, 6R, 1ER, 3K, 1BB

PERHAM HITTING- Chas Melvin 2B, Evan Kovash 2B

PERHAM 001 000 2 – 3 - 6 - 2

JAMESTOWN 411 101 X – 7 - 5 - 0

WP: Jacoby Nold 5.2IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 7K, 0BB

LP: Cullen Poole 4.1IP, 5H, 7R, 6ER, 2K, 10BB

PERHAM HITTING- Blaiz Schmidt 2B

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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