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Senior Baseball: Perham wins close one against Menahga

The Perham Silver Pirates took sole possession of second place in the Northwest Minnesota League with a 4-3 win over the Menahga Relics on Saturday evening at Krueger Field. It was a see-saw battle that saw Perham score a lone run in the first inning off John Kotaska's sacrifice fly.

The 1-0 lead held until the sixth when the Relic's scored two runs off three base hits and a pair of walks, to take a 2-1 lead. The lead was short-lived as the Pirates came back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth as Kotaska, Jim Nelson and Ray Sailer walked before Greg Schmid singled Kotaska home to tie the game, 2-2. The go-ahead run came in on a suicide squeeze put down by Brad Kempe that scored Nelson.

Menahga (2-3) came back in the top of the seventh with a walk and a double to tie the game a three.

Jason McClellan walked to start the seventh for the Pirates, Lackey grounded out before Kotaska walked to bring Nelson to the plate. Nelson put the game a away for the Silver Pirates as he chased McClellan home with the winning run on a double in the right field gap.

Nelson was the offensive hero for the Silver Pirates as he scored the tying run in the sixth and drove in the winning run in the seventh. Kotaska also had a single and an RBI, while Mollins, McClellan and Schmid each had singles.

The win sets up what could be the title game for the league championship in Alexandria on Friday, July 24 in Alex. The Clippers (4-0) are undefeated in league play while the Pirates lone loss is to the Clippers. Perham is 4-1 in league play, 5-2 overall.

Next home game for Perham on Thursday Aug. 6 will be the last game at Krueger Field for the Silver Pirates as they host Brainerd (1-5) at 8 p.m.