Pirates win four more, enter playoffs
The Blue Earth Pirates won all four of their games last week, including a thriller over the Austin Blue Sox.
This week, the Pirates enter League Playoffs, and will be hosting two home games, on Saturday and Sunday, both at 2 p.m. Because the Faribault County Fair is in session, the home games will be played at the field in Winnebago.
Here is a wrap-up of the four games.
Blue Earth 2, Jackson 1
The Pirates pulled out a squeaker on Thursday night in Jackson when they defeated the Bulls 2-1.
Jackson was up 1-0 after the first inning when the Pirates tied it the second. They scored the go-ahead run in the sixth.
Blue Earth outhit Jackson 7-2. Trent Sonnicksen was 2 for 4 to lead the way. He also had one RBI, with Ryan Vereide getting the other.
Five Pirates got one hit each in the game.
Cody Sukalski pitched all nine innings for the Pirates. He didn’t give up a walk and struck out 11 of the Bull’s batters.
Blue Earth 5, Austin 4
The Pirates avenged an earlier 4-2 loss to the Blue Sox with a thrilling one-run game on July 15.
Leading by the final 5-4 score, the Blue Sox loaded the bases in the eighth inning – with no outs.
Cody Hyland pitched for two of the outs, and Lee Hodges got the other out, saving the win.
Unfortunately, earlier in the game, Aaron Wendt pulled a hamstring when he was rounding the bases after having hit a double. Coach Todd Schmidtke says Wendt, one of the top players on the team, had to immediately come out of the game, and he is unsure how long he will be out with the injury.
The Pirates got their five runs on 13 hits, while the Blue Sox had eight hits. Wendt was 3 for 4 in the game. Daniel Woodall was 3 for 5, while Todd Rasmussen and T.J. Schmidtke were both 2 for 5.
Blue Earth 8, Wells 5
The Pirates built up a 5-1 lead early over the Wells Wildcats on July 12, and then hung on to win after both teams scored three more runs in the ninth inning. Blue Earth outhit Wells 12-8 in the game.
Kane Malo led the way for the Pirates, going 2 for 4 at the plate – with one of those hits being a grand-slam homerun in the fourth inning that broke a 1-1 tie and put the Pirates ahead for good.
T.J. Schmidtke and Lee Hodges also led the Pirates, both going 3 for 5 at the plate. Hodges had a double.
Cody Sukalski pitched six innings, giving up just one run on two hits. Daniel Woodall came in for three innings, giving up four runs on six hits.
Blue Earth 3,
New Richland 1
The Pirates broke a 1-1 tie against New Richland in the eighth inning, to win 3-1 on July 10.
Lee Hodges pitched all nine innings for the Pirates, giving up just the one run on four hits, while striking out 10 batters.
Blue Earth got seven hits, with Woodall leading the team, going 3 for 4 at the plate with two RBI. Schmidtke was 2 for 4, and Hodges got the other Pirate hit.