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Silver Pirates go 2-1 over the weekend
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On Thursday, July 7, the Silver Pirates hosted Urbank and won a ten-run contest in five innings 18-8.

The Pirate bats pumped out 18 runs with 17 hits and three errors compared to eight runs three hits and two errors for the Goldtimers.


Four Pirate batters had multiple hits and five others chipped in solos. Tony Stoll led off the game as a hit batter and when the dust had settled the Pirates held a 10 - 0 lead after the first frame.

Three more runs in the second made it 13 - 0 in favor of the home team.

Urbank got on the board in the fourth inning as eleven hitters came to the plate and six of them crossed safely.

Perham was able to come up with two runs of their own to make the score 15 - 6 after four. The Goldtimers scored two more in the top of the fifth but Perham forced the ten-run rule, as they picked up three runs and only had one out to finish the game.

Top hitters for Perham were: Tony Stoll was 2-4 with four runs scored and a RBI. Rob Litzau was 3-3 with five runs scored, one RBI and a walk. Terry Haus was 3-3 with three runs scored, one RBI, a double and was hit by a pitch.

Player of the Game honors went to Jim Nelson, who was 4-4, a run scored, 6 RBI, a double, a triple and a walk.

Players with solo hits were Jason McClellan, Ray Sailer, Greg Schmid, Steve Sheets and Larry Mollins.

Terry Haus turned in the Web Gem of the game as he blocked a screaming ground ball from his third base position and then snared a line drive for the second out in the second inning.

Greg Schmid handled the mound chores for the first two innings allowing no runs on one hit and a walk while striking out two Urbank hitters.

Rob Litzau charged the mound for the last three innings allowing eight runs on two hits but seveb walks and a pair of hit batters, along with a few miscues in the field, aided the Goldtimer's cause.

Menahga-Sebeka Tourney

Saturday, the Silver Pirates went 1 and 1 as they defeated Fort Ripley 5-1 before losing to Menahga-Sebeka 5-2 in the championship game.

Jon Kotaska was the mound victor in the first ever meeting with the Fort Ripley Silver Rebels.

Kotaska scattered eight hits, allowed only one run, while walking one and striking out six. The lone run came in the third inning when the Silver Rebels were able to string together a pair of hits and a walk.

Perham started the scoring in the third as Rob Litzau led off with a single, followed by a bunt single from Stoll, a walk to Ron Litzau and Haus ripped a single to score Rob Litzau and Stoll. Nelson then singled to chase Ron Litzau home before Haus and Nelson scored on an error. Those five runs would be all the scoring for Perham and that would be all they needed.

Web Gem of the game goes to Chad Griffin from his third base position as the Fort Ripley centerfielder ripped a ball down the line and Griffin snared it with his backhand and fired across the diamond to nip the runner for the first out of the fifth.

Player of the Game was awarded to Haus as he was 1-4, scored a run and had two RBI. Haus also played a solid shortstop and made a nice play on a slow ground ball behind the mound for the second out in the third inning.

Six Silver Pirates hit safely in the game: Stoll had a pair of hits while Haus, Nelson, Ray Sailer and Rob Litzau had single safeties.

The Championship Game: Menahga-Sebeka seems to have the Silver Pirates number so far in the 2011 season as they picked up their second victory in as many starts knocking off the Silver boys 5-1.

The Relics got all the runs they needed in the first inning as they put together four singles and a walk to jump off to a 4-0 lead.

The Relics got another run in the third on a single, a passed ball and another single to complete their scoring.

Perham rallied in the fifth and sixth for a run in each frame but could not manage to get the breaks they needed to pull out the victory.

Ron Litzau led off the fifth with a double down the line in left, moved to second as Greg Schmid was hit by a pitch. Brad Kempe singled but Litzau was held at third and came home on an error.

In the sixth inning, Jim Nelson led off with a single before Chad Griffin, Ron Litzau and Rob Litzau walked to force Nelson to the plate.

Greg Schmid handled the mound duties for Perham allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out three and walking one.

There were no real Web Gems in the game but some nice plays in the infield by Kotaska at third handling six balls, Haus at short had seven chances and Stoll at second made four plays.

Player of the Game: Tony Stoll led off the game with a double in an attempt to get something going early and he played a solid second base.

Perham will host Carlos on Thursday night and travel to Menahga on Saturday evening with both games scheduled for 8 p.m.