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Senior Baseball: Silver Pirates bounce back from 1st loss

The Perham Silver Pirates got back on the winning trail last Tuesday as they broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh to knock off a good Menahga Relics team, 4-3.

Jon Kotaska picked up his second mound victory in as many starts as he gave up six hits, one earned run and fanned seven of the Relics hitters. Both pitchers dealt with an umpire who had difficulties with a good breaking ball but Kotaska suffered the most. In any case, the win was hard earned and well deserved by the boys in black.

The Pirates garnered four runs on 11 hits and two errors. Jason McClellan led the Pirate hitters, going 3-for-4 and scoring the winning run in the top of the seventh.

Greg Schmid continued his got hitting with a 2-for-3 day, and slapped a solid, two out single to drive in the winning run.

Steve Sheets was 1-for-2 with two RBI, Jim Nelson had a single and scored a run. Gary Lackey, Jim Belfiori, Brad Kempe and Dan Miller had single safeties.

Former Perham High standout and Mankato State catcher, Ray Sailer donned his first Perham uniform since Legion days as the Silver Pirates continue to solidify their solid team for the 2009 campaign!

The Silver Pirates next appearance will be in Menahga for a tournament on July 11 with games at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Clippers hand Perham 1st loss

The Alexandria Clippers took advantage of Silver Pirate miscues to go home with a 6 - 0 win on June 26. Six errors are way, too many when you are playing the best team in the league, as all six of the Clipper's runs were unearned.

Greg Schmid did a creditable job on the mound as he is making a successful comeback from back surgery the summer of 2007.

Schmid struck out eight while giving up 10 hits.

Perham came up short of an honest, run of their own in the bottom of the first as McClellan laced a two-out single to left, followed by a shot up the middle, off the bat of Jim Nelson and Greg Schmid lined to center as McClellan raced for the plate. The result was a perfect throw from center to the Clipper catcher who had the plate blocked from sliding McClellan.

The Pirates came close again in the seventh with the bases loaded but Doug Arvidson lofted a ball to center for the third out.

Schmid had his second two-hit game in a row while McClellan and Nelson collected the other Pirate safeties.

Arvidson was the defensive standout for the Silver Pirates as he pulled a number of balls out of the dirt at first base, as well as fielding a number of batted balls. Aaron Anderson made his first appearance of the season for the Silver Pirates and had a couple of nice plays in right.