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Geezers halt Perham winning streak at 11

Ron Litzau got his first of three hits on the night in Perham's victory over Verndale. Robert Williams/FOCUS

The Verndale "Geezers" became the Silver Pirates' 11th straight victim in 2-0 first game of the doubleheader victory Thursday evening at Krueger field.

Verndale came back with spirited play in the second game and downed the Pirates 7-5 to end the win steak.

Perham got all the runs they would need in the first inning of game one as Ron Litzau got his first of three hits on the night - scampered to second on a wild pitch and scored as Ray Sailer's line drive skidded off the shortstop's glove.

Chad Griffin not only has the strongest arm in the league, he may well be the league's fastest man as he used his speed to score an insurance run in the bottom of the third. Griffin walked, sped to third on a second base error and scored as Tim Studer grounded to second.

Shawn Ohman handled the mound chores adequately as he tossed a seven-inning shutout.

Ohman's numbers were no runs on six hits, no walks and four strikeouts. His teammates played errorless ball and especially solid defense in the last three innings as Verndale got rallies started in all three innings.

Web Gem and Player of the Game honors go to Ron Litzau as the right fielder snatched a line drive on one hop in the fourth inning and promptly fired to first to rob the Geezer of base hit and collected three of the six hits Perham put on the board.

A less than perfect game for the Silver Pirates would prove fatal in the night cap as they committed four miscues and allowed seven unearned runs to cross the plate for the Geezers.

Verndale put up a run in the first and four in the second to take a 5-0 lead.

Perham got two in the bottom of the second.

Things looked cherry in the bottom of the fourth as Perham tied the game at five as they put three runs on the board.

Unfortunately, Verndale had other plans as they sequenced Perham rallies in the 5th, 6th and 7th and scored two runs of their own in the top of the 6th to seal the victory.

Tim Studer took the loss on the mound as he tossed the first three innings giving up five unearned runs on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

Greg Schmid got four innings of work allowing two unearned runs, four hits, a pair of walks and three strikeouts.

Player of the Game goes to Chad Griffin with two hits and a couple of nice plays from his third base position.