Pirates off to fast start
After a rough first game, the Blue Earth Pirates have been off to a good start for the 2010 season.
The Pirates lost their first game of the year, 5-3 to Waterville on May 9. It was the first league loss for the Blue Earth team in six years.
After that, they defeated Wells 8-2, Cleveland 10-3, Morristown 12-4 and Lake Crystal 2-0.
Then, on May 28, the Pirates lost 9-5 to the Kato Mets for their second loss of the year.
The score was tied 4-4 after the first inning. But, while the Mets were able to add three runs in the fourth and two in the sixth, the Pirate nine were unable to get another run across the plate.
On May 30 the Pirates got back on the winning track, downing Lake Crystal for the second time this year, 12-2.
Aaron Wendt got the win, going seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and striking out nine.
Kane Malo led the hitting, with a double and a home run. Mat Willner also punched out a double. Cody Sukalski was 3 for 6 for the Pirates.
The team traveled to Brookings, S.D., on June 6 for a tournament. Due to rain, the Pirates only got in on one game, losing to Kearney, Neb., 7-6.
Kearney got the winning run in the ninth inning.
Lee Hodges went all nine innings, giving up the seven runs on 14 hits and struck out eight.
T.J. Schmidtke had the hot bat for the Pirates, going 3 for 5 with three RBI.
The Pirates returned home and hosted the Fairmont Martins this past Wednesday night, winning a close one, 3-2.
The Pirates went ahead 2-0 when they scored a run in both the second and the third innings. The Martins came back to tie the game, getting a run in the fifth and another in the top of the eighth.
Blue Earth got the winning run in the bottom of the eighth.
Garrett Anderson pitched seven innings, giving up just one run, one hit and striking out 11. He walked eight.
It was Cody Sukalski who got the win, however, coming in for one inning and giving up a run on four hits and striking out two.
Anderson also led the way in the hitting department, going 2 for 4 at the plate.
Both teams had five hits.
The win put the Pirates season record at 6-3.