Baseball: Anoka snap's Perham 16-game winning streak with late-inning rally

Recap from Perham baseball at Anoka.

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Perham's Blaiz Schmidt reaches for a ball at second base in Perham's 7-2 win over Wadena-Deer Creek on May 7, 2022 in Deer Creek. Schmidt was 0-for-3 with a walk on Friday in Anoka.
Jared Rubado / Perham Focus

ANOKA – Despite grabbing a 6-3 lead, the Perham baseball team wasn’t able to hold on as it suffered its first loss of the season.

Anoka (10-8), a Class 4A team, scored six runs in its final nine outs to beat the Yellowjckaets (16-1) 10-6 at home.

Logan Pulju got Perham on the board with an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning. Anoka responded with a three-run home run in the bottom of the inning before the Yellowjackets got all three runs back.

Chas Melvin drove in a pair of runs with a single before Shumnasky gave Perham the lead again with one of his three hits on the night. Mason Schepper doubled in a run in the top of the third inning before scoring on an error to take a 6-3 lead.

Anoka got a run back on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the third. The Tornadoes added two more runs in the fourth inning on a double and a single to tie the game.


In the bottom of the fifth, three-run-scoring singles gave Anoka the lead for good. The Tornadoes added some insurance in the sixth inning before the Yellowjackets failed to make anything of Gage Germolus’ one-out walk in the seventh.

Melvin got the start on the mound for Perham and went four innings. He allowed six earned runs on six hits and struck out seven batters. Pulju suffered the loss on the bump. He gave up five hits and three earned runs in two innings of work.

Along with Shumansky’s 3-for-4 game, Gamble Bye went 2-for-4 at the plate. Perham tallied nine hits on the night as a team.

PERHAM 132 000 0 - 6

ANOKA 301 231 X - 10

PERHAM PITCHING- Chas Melvin 4IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 7K, 5BB; Logan Pulju 2IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 2K, BB

PERHAM HITTING- Chas Melvin 1-4, 2RBI, K; Austin Aanenson 0-3, BB, K, R; Ben Schumansky 3-4, RBI; Rian Solberg 1-3, BB; Logan Pulju 1-4, RBI; Gage Germolus 0-3, BB, 3K; Blaiz Schmidt 0-3, R, BB, 2K; Gamble Bye 2-4, 2R, K; Mason Schepper 1-2, R, K; Colton Dilbeck R

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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