Yellowjackets walk off on US Bank Stadium
Perham's Gavin Meyer delivered a memorable moment on a day that was full of them when the Perham baseball team defeated Fargo South at US Bank Stadium on April 22 in Minneapolis, Minn.
Perham’s Gavin Meyer delivered a memorable moment on a day that was full of them when the Perham baseball team defeated Fargo South at US Bank Stadium on April 22 in Minneapolis, Minn.
The Yellowjackets watched as a 1-0 lead evaporated in the top of the seventh, but they responded by scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh, earning a 4-3 victory over Fargo South.
“It was an absolute fantastic experience. From the sheer size of the place, to knowing you are walking on the same turf as Harry the Hitman (Harrison Smith), and the natural lighting made it such a great experience overall,” Perham head coach Kyle Van Dyke said. “On top of all that, we were in a thrilling baseball game with Fargo South in which we managed to come back and win on a walk off.”
The Yellowjackets jumped ahead in the second inning when Meyer walked and eventually scored on an error, giving the Yellowjackets the 1-0 lead.
However, Fargo South rallied back, capitalizing on a few Yellowjacket miscues. Fargo South scored three runs on just one hit, but three Perham errors, giving Fargo South a 3-1 lead into the seventh inning.
The rally started with a line drive double to centerfield by Patrick Johnson. Nick Lindberg followed with a walk and Josh Jeziorski laid down a sacrifice bunt that was mishandled. Jace Kovash hit a deep fly ball, allowing Johnson to score and moving Lindberg to third base. After a short pop out, Roo Schmitz worked a walk after falling behind in the count, setting things up for Meyer.
Meyer got ahead in the count and roped a line drive single up the middle of the field, scoring Lindberg and Jeziorski with the game winning runs.
“Comeback wins are always exciting, but especially exciting early in the season. What this comeback win does for the team moving forward is gives them confidence that they are never out of a game and have the talent to claw back from a deficit,” Van Dyke said. “It also teaches us an important lesson in that we can never sit back on a lead, because good teams like Fargo South will capitalize on that. We still need to make plays on the field, pitch well and have quality at bats.”
Lindberg earned the win on the mound for Perham. He allowed one unearned run in an inning of work. He struck out a batter. Matt Benke started and went three innings, allowing three hits. He struck out one and walked one. He threw just 42 pitches, 64 percent of them for strikes. Roo Schmitz pitched three innings of relief, allowing two runs on five hits. He struck out one and walked one.
Lindberg, Kovash, Elias Hoffman, Meyer and Johnson finished with hits in the game for the Yellowjackets. Kovash drove in a run, while Meyer plated two.
The Yellowjackets move their season mark to 3-2 overall. They return home to Al Krueger Field when they host the Detroit Lakes Lakers at 4:30 p.m. on April 26.