The Blue Earth Pirates continued their winning ways in both the regular season and the post season with a 9-1 victory over the Waterville Indians on Sunday, July 29, in Blue Earth.
The win pushed the Pirates overall record to 26-3 and propelled them into the Region 4C tournament as the No. 1 seed and a game at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, in Waterville against the No. 6 seed Kato Cubs.
The No. 3 seed Wells Wildcats started Region play with a game at 7 p.m. against the Cannon Falls Bears on Saturday.
Against Waterville last Sunday, the Pirates knocked out 14 hits including an amazing five doubles.
Waterville led off the game by getting a run in the first inning. However, Blue Earth countered with four runs in the bottom of the first on their way to the lopsided victory.
The Pirates had three singles and a double by Kane Malo in that first inning.
Blue Earth added two more runs in the fourth inning when Garrett Anderson led off with a double, followed by singles by Dom Beck and Zac Dahl and a sacrifice by Cody Sukalski for an RBI.
Leading 6-1, the Pirates cranked out three more runs in the seventh to get to the 9-1 final tally.
Sukalski led off the inning with a single, followed by another single by T.J. Schmidtke. T.J. Stallman and Aaron Wendt both doubled in the inning.
Anderson and Schmidtke were the leaders at the plate for the Pirates. Anderson was a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate with a double, while Schmidtke was 3 for 4 with a double.
Sukalski and Wendt were both 2 of 4 and each of them had a double for the team as well.
Four Pirates pitchers combined to hold the Indians to just the one run and only six hits.
Anderson led off going three innings and allowed the only Indian run on two hits. He struck out four and walked two.
Lee Hodges came in for three innings, allowing no runs and three hits, striking out two and issuing no walks.
Wendt had two innings of work with no runs or hits and one strikeout and one walk.
Brandyn Olsen came in for one inning and got the save, giving up one hit and one walk.
Details on the Pirates game against the Cubs will be in the next Faribault County Register.