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Silver Pirates take two of three

SIlver Pirate Jim Nelson slides into home safely for a go-ahead run against Alexandria.

The Silver Pirates lost a big league game to Alexandria on Thursday evening but came back with a pair of wins Saturday at the Mid-Summer Tourney in Menahga.

Thursday's game pitted the two teams at the top of the league standings with the Alexandria Clippers came away with a 7-4 win. The story of the game was too many extra outs for the Clippers. Perham has been solid in the field and at the plate all season long, but a number of miscues Thursday spelled defeat.

Both teams scored in the second - Jeremy Kovash got things started for Perham with a one out single, Tony Stoll reached on an error and Kovash was thrown out at the plate. Stoll scored on a Greg Schmid single to tie the game.

Perham took the lead in the third as Ronnie Litzau picked up a one-out double and it was a legged double as Litzau displayed some excellent base running. John Kotaska singled Litzau home for the go-ahead run. Jim Nelson followed with a single and showed some speed of his own as he took second while the Clippers tried to get Kotaska coming into third.

The Perham lead was short lived as Alexandria came back with a pair of runs in the fourth on a pair of hits and a Pirate miscue.

It looked good for the Pirates as they picked up two runs in the bottom of the fifth for a one-run lead with two innings to go.

Kotaska and Nelson walked with one out before Kovash sent a high pop up to the second baseman. Stoll then ripped a double to score Kotaska and Nelson and gave Perham the one run lead.

Six outs and Perham would take sole possession of first place in the North West league, but it wasn't to happen as Alexandria caught Perham on a less than perfect night. Alexandria scored one in the sixth and three in the seventh to seal the victory.

The mound loss went to John Kotaska while he struck out seven and only walked two Clippers - Kotaska was the victim of less then perfect play by the defense.

The Perham boys collected seven hits in the contest led by Stoll and Litzau with doubles. Bobby Shepper, Kotaska, Nelson, Kovash and Schmid had single safeties.

There were no Web Gems on Thursday evening but the player of the game was Ronnie Litzau as he made a nice play in the field catching a fly ball and making a strong on target throw to the plate. He also stretched a single into a double with some neat base running and scored a run.

Mid-Summer Tourney:

Perham faced league foe the Carlos Whitecaps in the 11 o'clock opener and came away with a nice 9-4 win.

Perham got all the runs they needed in the first inning as Jason McClellan led off with a walk, stole second and moved to third on a single by Ron Litzau.

Tony Stoll singled to score McClellan before Jim Nelson reached on an error and Litzau raced home for the second run.

Gary Lackey also reached on an error to get Stoll home for a three run lead. Erin Anderson singled to get Nelson home. Steve Sheets singled to score Lackey and Larry Mollins had a sacrifice fly to center scoring Anderson and the Pirates took a six run lead into the second.

The Silver lads got on the board again in the fourth as McClellan walked, stole second and scored on a Nelson double. The final two runs for Perham came in the sixth as Mollins, McClellan and Litzau walked before Stoll was nailed by a pitch.

Carlos tallied four runs in the contest as Gary Lackey picked up the win on the mound for Perham.

Litzau led the Perham hitters with a pair of single safeties, Nelson had a run scoring double and Stoll, Anderson and Sheets had singles.

Player of the game: Gary Lackey with another solid pitching performance to lead Perham with four wins against no losses.

In the second game of the tourney Perham out dueled a solid Cold Spring team in a well-played 2-1 contest.

Cold Spring took and early lead as they scored in the bottom of the first on a pair of hits and a walk.

Perham came back to tie the score in the second with one out singles by Gary Lackey, Erin Anderson and Greg Schmid with Schmid getting the RBI.

The game-winning run came in the fourth with Lackey, Anderson and Jim Belfiori singling to load the bases for Steve Sheets who shot a ground ball in the hole between first and second scoring Lackey with the game winner.

Jim Belfiori led Perham hitters with a double and two hits while Ron Litzau, Lackey and Anderson collected two hits each and Schmid and Sheets had solo hits.

This was a well-played game with no errors by either team and some spectacular plays in the field.

Web Gems: Ray Sailer had a career day at third base. Sailer snared a one hop, screaming liner with one out in the fourth and the next two batters singled. In the sixth, Sailer got the first out with a neat play on a ground ball before snagging a sizzling liner for the second out. In the second inning, Sailer legged over to second to catch a runner who had just hit a Texas league single.

Player of the game: Greg Schmid - in a great pitching performance giving up one run on six hits, three walks and six key strikeouts. Schmid also had a hit and one of the two RBI.

The Silver Pirates host the Nisswa Merchants Thursday night and travel to Alexandria Sunday - both games are at 8 p.m.