Some run support made all the difference for Pirates pitcher Aaron Wendt.
Wendt pitched six innings of no-hit ball and hit a homerun as the Blue Earth Pirates (10-2) pulled away early from the Martin County Foxes, 19-1, on Friday, July 11, in Blue Earth.
Wendt bounced back from his last start versus the Wells Wildcats, where he gave up seven earned runs, allowed 10 hits and walked two batters. This time he struck out eight Martin County players for the Pirates.
"I was just dialed in that night," Wendt says.
Up 5-1, the Pirates put the game out of reach in the third inning by producing five more runs. Kane Malo hit a bases-loaded single to drive in a pair. Malo finished the game 5 for 5 with three RBI. The Pirates hit three more singles after Malo and brought home three more runs.
In the fifth inning, Wendt added to the blowout with a three-run homerun.
Wendt finished 3 for 5 at the plate and had five RBI for the second consecutive game.
Blue Earth tacked on six more runs in the sixth inning and cruised to the easy victory.
TJ Stallman went 2 for 3 and drove in four RBI.
Cody Sukalski was 2 for 4 with two RBI and John Franta went 1 for 3 with two RBI as well.
Sukalski pitched the seventh inning and gave up the only earned run of the game. He also had two strikeouts to close out the Foxes.
The Pirates game against Sleepy Eye was cancelled last Saturday due to lack of players, according to player/manager Lee Hodges.
Their game last Friday versus Fairmont was also cancelled.
"They started their playoffs already," Hodges explains. "So, they are unable to play any non-league games after the playoffs start."
The Pirates next contest is the start of the league playoffs, on Saturday, July 19, at 2 p.m., in Blue Earth, against either Cleveland or New Richland. Blue Earth earned the No. 1 seed in the playoffs this year.