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Silver Pirates split at first state weekend

Greg Schmid was the player of the game in the Silver Pirates tournament opener. Robert Williams/FOCUS

JORDAN -- The Perham Silver Pirates are on the same path as they were a year ago as they lost a heartbreaker in the first round to Lonsdale by a score of 4-3 and came back with a hard fought win against Eden Prairie in the first round of Class A state baseball tournament action winning 3-2.

The Lonsdale "Jokers" were the home team as they took on the Silver lads in Jordan on Friday evening.

Perham jumped off to a one nothing lead in the third inning as Ron Litzau led off with a single and moved to second on a walk to Terry Haus. Chad Griffin grounded to short and reached on an error but Litzau was cut down at the plate on a throw from the second.

Jim Nelson chased Haus home for the first run of the game on a solid single.

Perham added to the lead in the fourth, as Tony Stoll picked up a one out walk and moved to third on a double by Rob Litzau.

Ron Litzau scored Stoll with a ground out to third and it seemed the Silver Pirates were in complete control.

Greg Schmid was the mound starter for Perham and he was cruising along through the fourth allowing just three hits while he had four strikeouts and his infield was playing flawlessly.

The Pirates outfield never touched the ball in the Lonsdale game.

Lonsdale finally got on the board in the fifth inning with a walk and a pair of hits but Perham came back with another run in the 6th to hold a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh.

Perham's run came as Tim Studer reached on an error - took second on a past ball and scored on a nice single by Tony Stoll.

Baseball can be a frustrating game as you can be cruising along in great shape and one bad inning can blow your socks off - such was the case as Perham took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh.

A pair of walks, an error, a hit and Lonsdale had three runs to pick up a come-from-behind 4-3 win.

Web Gem: Terry Haus played errorless ball at first base and aided his infield mates picking up multiple balls from the dirt.

Player of the Game: Greg Schmid did another credible job on the mound as he gave up five hits, four walks while striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings of work while allowing four runs, only one was earned.

This loss suddenly changed the Silver Pirate goal of winning the State Class AA title to a new goal of repeating as State Class A Champions.

There is also Class B and C with 8 teams in each bracket - the top seeded 16 teams are placed in AA and A while the bottom seeded teams 17 through 32 are in Classes B and C - a win in the first round send you to the top class in your bracket while a loss sends you to the bottom class.

In the quarterfinals of Class A, the Pirate opponent would be Eden Prairie and once again the Pirates would get the lead.

In the bottom of the third, Tim Studer got things going with a single. Tony Stoll moved Studer to third on a single of his own and Studer snuck home as Garry Grewe's grounder was mishandled.

The Eden Prairie Lions Tap grabbed the lead with single runs in the fourth and fifth, so the score stood at 2-1 in favor of Eden Prairie as the Pirates came to bat in the bottom of the 7th.

Tim Studer got aboard on an error but was erased on a fielders choice as Rob Litzau grounded to short. Tony Stoll singled to chase Litzau to third and Garry Grewe promptly grounded to third to get Litzau across the plate to send the game to extra innings.

With score netted at two, Terry Haus reached on an error to start the bottom of the tenth. Chad Griffin had a successful bunt to move Haus to second and Darrin Ovsak made the Pirates day as he shot a single to left to bring Haus in with the winning run and send the Pirates to the semifinals next Friday at 9 p.m.

Perham will face the Jordan Millers in Veseli.

Web Gem: Ron Litzau gets the nod as he nailed a runner at the plate from his right-field position.

Player of the Game: Tim Studer pitched all ten innings, picked up a hit and scored a run.