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Northwest League: Silver Pirates 6, Relics 5

Gary Grewe singled in the game-winning run in the eighth-inning to give the Perham Silver Pirates a 6-5 victory over the Menahga-Sebeka Relics. Bob Williams/FOCUS1 / 5
Ron Litzau tags out a potential go-ahead run when Jeff Lake tried to extend his gapper to a triple in the seventh inning. Bob Williams/FOCUS2 / 5
Jim Nelson belted a grand slam with this swing in the third inning to give the Silver Pirates a 5-3 lead. Bob Williams/FOCUS3 / 5
Jeff Lake rounds third on his home run trot and is congratulated by third base coach Gary Kern. Bob Williams/FOCUS4 / 5
Chad Griffin earned the victory pitching two innings of relief. Bob Williams/FOCUS5 / 5

PERHAM -- The Perham Silver Pirates evened their Northwest League record at 2-2 with an extra-inning walk-off victory over the Menahga-Sebeka Relics (1-3) Thursday night.

The finish made it two nights in a row for walk-off wins for the home team on Krueger Field. The Perham Pirates defeated New York Mills Wednesday evening on a walk-off hit by Beau Bruhn.

Thursday's hero was Silver Pirates' second baseman Gary Grewe.

Grewe hit a game-winning single in the bottom of the eighth off Dan Warmbold to score Rob Litzau for the 6-5 win.

Litzau led off the extra frame with a walk and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tony Stoll setting up Grewe's game-winner.

The Relics scored three times in the first to take an early lead.

Gene Kern and Jon Lillquist hit one-out back-to-back doubles to put the first run on the board.

Next to bat, cleanup hitter Jeff Lake belted a two-run homer off Tim Studer to score Lillquist and put the Relics up 3-0.

Perham answered in the third inning.

Studer singled and scored on a two-out single by Grewe.

The two out rally continued. Ron Litzau singled and Chad Griffin walked to load the bases for Jim Nelson.

Nelson took a Warmbold pitch deep for a grand slam and a 5-3 lead for the Silver Pirates.

Menahga-Sebeka tied the game in their final seven-inning regulation at-bats.

Gene Kern drew the fifth walk of the game given up by Studer, followed by a Lillquist single.

Studer left the mound having pitched six innings, giving up six hits and five earned runs. He walked five and fanned seven in a no-decision.

Hard-throwing Griffin took the mound in relief. The first batter he faced, Lake, drove a double deep to the fence in left-center.

Both Kern and Lillquist scored to tie the game at five with no outs.

Lake tried to stretch his double to a triple but was gunned down on a relay that touched four Silver Pirate gloves on the 8-6-2-5 putout.

Lake was initially safe, but his slide took him off the base and into the tag of Ron Litzau at the third base bag.

Griffin settled down after walking Peyton Burkman to strike out Carl Kiser and Warmbold to end the seventh.

Jack Kern reached first base in the extra eighth-inning but Griffin fanned the side to end the threat quietly.

Griffin earned the victory striking out five of the eight batters he faced in two innings of relief.

Warmbold took the loss throwing 7.1 innings. He allowed six earned runs on 10 hits, while walking four and striking out three.

Grewe was 3-5 with two RBI and a run scored. Nelson was 1-4 with four RBI with a grand slam. Studer was 2-4 with one run scored.

Ray Sailer, Jason McClellan, Rob Litzau and Ron Litzau each had a hit in the game for Perham.

The Relics were led by Lake's 2-3 performance with four RBI and a run scored. Lillquist went 3-4 with one RBI and a run scored. Gene Kern was 1-1, a double, a run scored and a pair of walks. Kiser had one single in four at-bats.

Perham will travel to Verndale to face the Whitecaps Saturday, June 23, at 3 p.m.

Northwest League

Menahga-Sebeka Relics at Perham Silver Pirates, Krueger Field, Perham, Minn. Thursday, June 21.

MSR 000 000 0 - 5 7 3

PER 000 100 x - 6 10 2



Kern, Ga. 4 0 0 0

x-Davis 1 0 0 0

Kern, Ge. 1 2 1 0

Lillquist 4 2 3 1

Lake 3 1 2 4

Burkman 2 0 0 0

Kiser 4 0 1 0

Warmbold 4 0 0 0

Rassier 3 0 0 0

Kern, J. 3 0 0 0

Totals 29 5 7 5

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): MSR - Warmbold (LP) 7.1-9-6-6-4-3...PER: Studer 6-6-5-5-5-7; Griffin (WP) 2-1-0-0-1-5.



Stoll 4 0 0 0

Grewe 5 1 3 2

Litzau, Rn. 4 1 1 0

Griffin 3 1 0 0

Nelson 4 1 1 4

Sailer 3 0 1 0

McClellan 3 0 1 0

Studer 4 1 2 0

Litzau, Rb. 3 1 1 0

Totals 33 6 10 6

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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