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Pirates down Martins, 5-2

By Staff | Jul 12, 2010

Aaron Wendt cracks out a long drive in a recent game. Against Fairmont he hit a home run and also struck out 12 Martin batters.

The Blue Earth Pirates had a problem on Friday night, July 2.

They were set to face the Fairmont Martins in a game played at Bancroft, Iowa.

But due to vacations and other commitments, they only had eight players available for the game.

A baseball team needs nine, of course.

So, the Pirates manager, Todd Schmidtke, stepped up to fill in for the missing players.

The 49-year-old Schmidtke didn’t do too badly, either.

He was 2 for 4 at the plate, with an RBI, and helped the Blue Earth nine down Fairmont 5-2.

“I’m listed as a player/coach so there wasn’t a problem,” Schmidtke says. “I played first base for the whole game.”

It was the Pirates’ Aaron Wendt who had the big night, however.

Wendt pitched eight strong innings. He allowed just two hits, while striking out 12 Fairmont batters, and walking just two.

At the plate, Wendt had just one hit in his four at bats, but that hit was a two-run home run.

T.J. Stallman was 3 for 5 at the plate, including a double. He had two RBI.

Cody Sukalski also had a double, and was 2 for 4 in the batter’s box.

In all, the Pirates had nine hits in the game.

The Blue Earth squad got two runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth to break open the game, which had been scoreless for the first four innings. Fairmont came back with a run in the seventh and one in the eighth.

Lee Hodges got the save, coming in for one inning of relief. He struck out two of the three Fairmont batters he faced.

“Fairmont is a fairly good team,” Schmidtke says. “Any time we play them it is going to be a good quality game.”

The Pirates move to 13-5 overall for the season, and are 9-2 in league play.