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Silver Pirates split a pair of games.

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Last Thursday, the Silver Pirates played host to the Nisswa Merchants and after a seesaw battle finally took control in the 6th inning for a 5-3 win.

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After shutting Nisswa down in the first inning the Pirates scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning to take an early lead.

Ron Litzau reached on an error to lead off the first for the Pirates. Tony Stoll walked with one out and Jim Nelson laced a single to score Litzau with the first run of the game. Gary Lackey and Jim Belfiori then singled with Belfiori's single scoring Stoll. Steve Sheets walked before the inning came to an end and the Pirates had their 2-0 lead.

Nisswa came back with two runs in the fourth to tie the game. Nisswa got their runs on a walk, a single, a sacrifice and an error.

Perham got the lead back in the fifth as Stoll picked up a one out walk but was cut down stealing second. Jim Nelson got things going again with a two-out single and Lackey followed suit with a single of his owned. Jason McClellan walked to load the bases for Steve Sheets who promptly single to chase Nelson home with the go ahead run.

The lead was short-lived as Nisswa came back with a run in the sixth to tie the game at three. Nisswa scored on a double and single before being shut down.

The Silver lads finally sealed the deal in the bottom half of the sixth as Larry Mollins got a lead off walk, Litzau singled and Gary Grewe moved both runners up with a sacrifice before Tony Stoll singled to score Mollins and Litazu with the game winners.

In all, the Pirates collected nine hits led by Nelson and Lackey with two each and solo safeties by Litazu, Stoll, Belfiori, Sheets and Mollins.

The Player of the Game and winning pitcher was Gary Lackey.

Lackey scattered four hits, walked three and struck out seven to pick up his team leading fifth win against one loss. Lackey also helped his cause with a pair of hits.

Sunday, the Silver Pirates traveled to Alexandria to take on their nemesis the Clippers. Alexandria came up with a run in the first on a lead off walk and three singles and that would be all the scoring for the game.

Perham managed threats in the third, sixth and seventh but were unable to come up with the timely hit they needed to pull off the victory.

In the third inning with two out Larry Mollins, Jason McClellan and Ron Litazu walked to load the basis but were stranded as Clipper pitcher Mike Forester came up with a big strikeout.

In the sixth, Litzau led off with a walk, Tony Stoll singled and Greg Schmid got a two-out walk to load the basis but Forester answered the call again as he barehanded a ball down the third base line and fired home to nip the speedy Litzau before he could cross the plate.

In the final frame, Mollins and McClellan picked up walks with one out but Litazu laced a line drive to the second baseman, who turned a short hop into a double play to end the game.

If Litazu's shot could have been 10 feet either way the Pirates may have picked up a win over the league-leading Clippers.

The story of the game was the quiet bats for Perham, as they were only able to muster up two hits from Tony Stoll and Jeremy Kovash.

Web Gem goes to the Clipper pitcher Forster on his play to the plate in the sixth inning to nip Litazu.

Player of the Game goes to Pirate pitcher Greg Schmid. He scattered eight hits and two walks but "when the going gets tough - the tough get going" and Greg Schmid is tough.

Schmid kept the Pirates in the game but they just couldn't squeeze a run across. Schmid is now 4-1 on the season and will be a key pitcher as the Pirates make a run at the season ending state tournaments.

The Silver Pirates have the week off and won't see action again until they travel to Urbank to take on the Goldtimers on Thursday July 29.

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