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Amateur Baseball: Silver Pirates off to 2-0 start

Last Thursday night's scheduled game against Urbank went down to the rain bug, but a little water didn't stop the "aging" Silver Pirates form picking up another 10-run, win on Sunday at Brainerd, 13-3. This Northwest League game was actually played in Nisswa, the new home for the Brainerd Chargers.

Gary Lackey turned in another sparkling mound appearance for the Pirates as he pitched no-hit, no-run ball for five and two-thirds innings. Lackey had nine strikeouts in that stretch, before the Charger shorstop slapped a two out, RBI single to end Lackey's no hit bid.

Greg Schmid was called on to close the door for Perham with the bases loaded, nobody out and two runs in, in the bottom of the seventh. Schmid didn't waist any time as he struckout the first two batters he faced and got the third on a ground out to himself!

Six Pirates had a pair of hits, led by Dewey Miller who was 2-for-2, scoring three runs and kocking in four for a perfect day at the plate. Miller added a nice running catch in the fourth inning to make his father's day extra special.

Jim Belfiori was 2-for-3 and notched four RBI's for himself to be the second offensive star for the winners.

Other Pirates picking up a pair of hits were Larry Mollins, Steve Sheets (Sheets is 5-for-7 on the season with four doubles - as he tries to become the "Joe Mauer" of the Silver Pirates), Jason McClellan (Jason won the award for traveling the farthest distance to the game as he pulled into Nisswa on his journey home from North Carolina where daughter Maddie ran in a National race) and Greg Schmid.

The best defensive play of the game went to leftfielder - Brad Kempe as he turned in a sparkling, Web Gem on a diving, two out catch with runners on second and third to end the seventh!

Next up, the Silver Boys host the defending league champion, Alexandria, on Friday, June 26 at Krueger field, in a battle of undefeated teams. First pitch is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Perham will travel to Menahga for a game June 30 at 8 p.m.