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Silver Pirates off to a 5-4 start

By Larry Mollins, Guest Contributor

The Two time defending State Champion Silver Pirates are off to a slow start to the 2013 season, very similar to the 2012 season – but things seem to be coming together.

Over the past two weeks the Silver boys were 3-2 including two wins in a row.

June 20 – Perham defeats Urbank at home 4-3:

The line on the game was Urbank 3 runs, 3 hits and no errors – Perham 4 runs, 9 hits and no errors.

Terry Haus was the leading hitter for Perham as he was 3 for 4 and came up with a two out base hit in the six to start the game winning rally.

Jim Nelson had two hits on the night to go along with 3 RBI’s including the game winner as he chased Mike Schroeder in with the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Gerry Grewe and Jim Burnos also had two hits for the winners.

Winning pitcher was Jim Burnos as he gave up 3 hits with 6 walks and 4 strike outs.

June 22 – Perham loses two games in Menahga:

The Silver Pirates lost a heart breaker in the first contest 3-0 with no earned runs allowed by Greg Schmid the losing pitcher.

Schmidy allowed only four hits while he teammates could only muster four hits themselves but errors proved to be the difference.

Rob Litzau had two of Perhams four hits while Gerry Grewe and Bud Kahlstorf had lone hits apiece.

In game two Menahga outlasted Perham scoring the winning run in the bottom of the seventh for a 7-6 victory.

Once again the Pirate bats were silent as they only collected 4 hits to match Menahga’s 12 hits.

Gerry Grewe, Greg Schmid, Terry Haus and Tim Studer got solo hits for Perham with Grewe leading the team in RBI’s with 3.

Tim Studer took the mound loss as the Menahga hitters seemed to be able to place the ball between the Pirate fielders all night long.

June 30 – Perham wins a double header in Kensington:

Perham showed the determination of champions in the opening game as they scored two runs in the bottom of the last inning for a come from behind 2-1 victory!

Ron Litzau came to hit as he was 3 for 3 with an intentional walk in the last inning and his big brother Rob pasted the ball all day long without getting a hit until it really counted.  Tim Studer drove in the tying run before Rob came to the plate and laced a single to left to plate Jim Nelson with the winning run.

Greg Schmid was the mound victor allowing 4 hits with 9 strikeouts and a pair of walks.

In the second game Perham scored all they needed in the second inning for a 2-0 victory.

Tony Stoll came to the plate with runners on second and third and two out as he sent a line drive into left center scoring Greg Schimd (who singled) and Larry Mollins (on with a walk) – Perham played excellent defense behind the solid pitching of Tim Studer to pick up a sweep of Kensington.

Tony Stoll led the defensive stand as had 3 assists and 5 putouts to handle nearly half of the out recorded by Kensington.

Perham had solo hits by Stoll, Ron Litzau, Jim Nelson, Greg Schmid and Charlie Haverland.

The Silver Pirates will be in action this coming weekend beginning Saturday at the Menahga tournament.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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