Pirates 2-0 in Region play
The Blue Earth Pirates won both of their games in the Region Tournament in Waterville on Aug. 7 and 8, and are two – or possibly three – games away from a trip to the State Tourney.
The Pirates defeated the New Richland Reds on Saturday, then downed the Rochester Blues on Sunday.
That puts them into the finals on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 14 and 15 in games again set for Waterville.
They played Saturday against either the Kato Cubs or the Kato Mets. The game was set for 1 p.m.
If they won the game, the Pirates would play again at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Winning that game puts them into the State Tourney.
If they lost the first game on Saturday, they played again on Saturday night at 4 p.m.
Details on all of the games will be in next week’s Faribault County Register.
New Richland, 0
The Pirates blanked the Reds 4-0 on Saturday.
Lee Hodges gave a stellar pitching performance, going all nine innings for the local squad. He gave up just two hits, while striking out eight batters and issuing no walks.
The Pirates scored a run in the second inning, when Bobby Olson – a draftee from Minnesota Lake – scored on a double from Cody Sukalski.
It would be the only run the Blue Earth team would need, but they added three more insurance scores later.
A Kane Malo single in the fifth inning brought in two runners, Trent Sonnicksen and T.J. Schmidtke.
Malo came around to score in the seventh inning when Lee Hodges nailed a double.
Schmidtke was 3 for 5 to lead the hitting, while Sukalski was 2 for 5 and Sonnicksen was 2 for 4.
The Pirates blasted out 12 hits to the Reds two.
Pirates 5, Rochester 3
The game on Sunday proved to be a little closer than Saturday’s shutout.
Tied at 3-3 after six innings, the Pirates added two runs in the seventh to take the win.
Blue Earth took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. T.J. Stallman got on base with a double, then crossed home plate on a single by Bob Olson.
The Blues scored one run in the third to tie it up.
Blue Earth added two runs in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead. Rochester came back with two in the sixth to tie the game again, this time at 3-3.
Olson scored in the seventh after getting on base with a double. Sukalski got an RBI single bringing Olson across the plate. Then Sukalski scored on a sacrifice by T.J. Schmidtke, putting the final at 5-3.
Both Olson and Kane Malo were a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate. Trent Sonnicksen was 3 for 4, while Stallman was 2 for 4.
Aaron Wendt pitched seven innings, giving up the three Blues’ runs on six hits. He struck out two, and walked two.
Brian Welch, another draftee from Minnesota Lake, came in for two innings of relief pitching. He allowed no runs on two hits.
“We played pretty well, despite the hot and humid conditions,” Pirates Coach Todd Schmidtke says. “We had some good pitching and some good hitting.”