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Baseball: Schmidt throws a perfect game in Yellowjackets' doubleheader sweep over Hawley

Recap of Perham baseball against Hawley

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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. Schmidt threw a perfect game in an 11-0 win over Hawley on Thursday afternoon.
Perham Focus file photo

PERHAM – The Perham pitching staff made an early-season statement on Thursday night in a doubleheader sweep over Hawley.

After Gage Germolus’ one-hit, five-inning shutout in game one, Blaiz Schmidt retired all 15 batters in order for a perfect game. Schmidt struck out five batters and did not allow a baserunner in the Yellowjackets’ 11-0 mercy-rule victory.

Perham got on the board in the top of the first inning when Chas Melvin scored on an error. The lead doubled in the top of the third inning on an RBI single from Schmidt.

Rian Solberg got in on the action with an RBI double to center field. Colton Dilbeck, the courtesy runner for Schmidt, and Melvin came around to score. Jack Mensing drove in Solberg with a sacrifice fly before Logan Pulju scored on a fielder’s choice.

Perham tacked on a couple more in the top of the fourth inning. Ben Schumansky drove in Colton Hackel with an RBI single before Gamble Bye scored on a fielder’s choice to make it an 8-0 game. Schumansky drove in two more runs with an RBI single in the top of the fifth inning before Solberg added another run-scoring hit.

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Schmidt got a ground out and a pair of flyouts to secure his perfect game in the bottom of the fifth. It was a stellar performance to go along with Germolus’ impressive game-one outing. He went five innings, striking out nine batters and allowed just one hit. His run was unearned as the Yellowjackets cruised to an 11-1 win.

The Nuggets struck first when they scored on an error in the top of the first inning. Perham got the run back in the bottom of the second when Austin Aanenson doubled to score Pulju. Solberg made it a 2-1 game an inning later with an RBI single.

The Yellowjackets did most of their damage in the bottom of the fourth inning. Bye drove in a pair of runs with an RBI single before Melvin doubled to make it 5-1. Pulju scored Melvin and Hackel two batters later with an RBI single before Germolus helped his cause with an RBI single of his own.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Pulju drove in Melvin with an RBI double to give Perham its first of two 10-run rule victories of the season.

GAME ONE

HAWLEY 100 00X X - 1

PERHAM 011 80X X - 11

PERHAM PITCHING- Gage Germolus 5IP,1H, 1R, 0ER, 9K, 1BB

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

GAME TWO

PERHAM 114 23X X - 11

HAWLEY 000 00X X - 0

PERHAM PITCHING- Blaiz Schmidt- 5IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 5K, 0BB

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