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Pirates cruise to 15-1 win at State

By Staff | Aug 29, 2010

A big second inning helped propel the Blue Earth Pirates to a 15-1 rout of St. Peter in the opening round of the State Class C Tournament.

The game was played on Saturday, Aug. 21 in Spicer.

The win put the Blue Earth team into the second round, played this weekend, Aug. 28 and 29.

The Pirates played Raymond on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. in Willmar.

If they won that game, they played again on Sunday, Aug. 29, again at 11 a.m., but this time in Bird Island. The Pirates would be playing the winner of a game between New Ulm and Howard Lake.

If they lost the game on Saturday, their season came to an abrupt end.

A win on Sunday would propel the Blue Earth players into the next round, and a game on Friday, Sept. 3 at 8:30 p.m. A loss on Sunday and the Pirates would play at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3.

Details on the Pirates’ next round at State will be in next week’s Faribault County Register.

The game against St. Peter saw the Pirates pounding out 14 hits, and gaining first on eight walks.

“We played really well,” Coach Todd Schmidtke says. “We had good balance, and things just started to snowball. I think our tournament experience really showed in this game.”

After a scoreless first inning, the Pirates put six runs across the plate in the second.

Lee Hodges, Aaron Wendt, Justin Schaible and Bobby Olson (draftee catcher from Minnesota Lake) all led off the inning with singles, followed by Cody Sukalski and Trent Sonnicksen gaining first base on walks.

A double by T.J. Schmidtke completed the six run scoring barrage.

Schaible and Olson each got another hit in the third, and the Pirates added one more run to their total.

They added another single run in the fourth when Kane Malo came across the plate on a walk by Hodges and a hit by Wendt.

The team was far from done. They added three runs in the fifth when Olson, Sukalski and Malo crossed the plate again. They tacked on another four runs in the sixth when the same three players, plus Sonnicksen, again crossed home plate.

In all, 10 of the 11 players on the Pirates’ roster had at least one hit in the game. Olson, Schaible, Wendt, and T.J. Stallman all had two hits each.

Wendt was the winning pitcher, going six innings. He allowed the one run on five hits and struck out seven, while walking just three.

Brian Welch came in for the Pirates in the seventh inning, and gave up two hits, but no runs.

St. Peter’s lone run came in the sixth inning when a player reached first after being hit by a pitch. Two hits later, he crossed the plate for the one run.