Pirates notch 2 playoff wins
The Blue Earth Pirates got off to a great start in the 13-60 League playoffs, downing the Minnesota Lake Royals 7-5 and the Lake Crystal Nine 3-0 over the weekend of July 24-25.
The two wins gave the Pirates home field advantage for games which were set to be played on Sunday, Aug. 1, in Blue Earth.
The Pirates were preparing to play the winner of a game between Morristown and Lake Crystal.
Whichever team wins, the Pirates would have to lose two games on Sunday in order to be bumped off the No. 1 seed.
“If we win the first game, we are the No. 1 seed and there won’t be a second game,” Pirates Coach Todd Schmidtke explains. “If we lose the first, there will be a second game on Sunday afternoon. If we win it, we are still the top seed. If we lose it, we go to the second seed position.”
The seedings determine who the Pirates will play in the Region Tournament, scheduled to start on Saturday, Aug. 7 in Waterville.
Blue Earth 7,
Minnesota Lake 5
The Pirates had to score four runs later in the game to come back from a 5-3 deficit and defeat the Minnesota Lake Royals in the first game of the playoffs.
Minnesota Lake scored a run in the first inning to take an early lead in the contest.
The Royals added two more in the second inning, but the Pirates countered with three of their own in their half of the second, tying the score at 3-3.
Minnesota Lake added two in the third inning for the 5-3 advantage. It wasn’t until the fifth inning that the Pirates got back-to-back doubles from Justin Schaible and Daniel Woodall and tied things up again at 5-5.
The two final runs came in the very next inning, completing the 7-5 come-from-behind win.
Cody Sukalski and Woodall were both 2 for 4 in the game, while Schaible was 2 for 5.
Aaron Wendt had just one hit, but accounted for three RBI.
Garrett Anderson pitched three innings. He gave up all five runs, on two hits, striking out seven and walking three.
Wendt came in and pitched six innings, allowing only one hit and striking out nine, while walking four batters.
Blue Earth 3, Lake Crystal 0
Lee Hodges pitched a complete shut out game against Lake Crystal.
Although he gave up nine hits, the Lake Crystal team could not score a single run.
The Pirates got seven hits in the game – coming from seven different players.
Blue Earth got one run in the third inning, and the score stayed 1-0 for the next four innings.
Finally, in the seventh, the Pirates added two more runs when Daniel Woodall, Trent Sonnicksen and Lee Hodges all singled in three consecutive at bats.
The two wins upped the Pirates overall 2010 record to 20-6.