Pirates lose 4-2, end season
The Blue Earth Pirates run at the State Class C Tournament came to an abrupt halt last Saturday, Aug. 28.
The local team fell 4-2 to the squad from Raymond and were eliminated from further competition. The Pirates were one game away from entering the double elimination portion of the tournament.
They end their season with a 27-8 record.
Raymond jumped on to the scoreboard right away in the first inning, when their lead off batter got a single and came home to score on a triple from the No. 4 batter.
The Pirates led off their half of the second inning with a double off the bat of Aaron Wendt. They failed to advance him in to score, however.
After going three and out in the third, the Pirates got a runner on second in the fourth when Kane Malo smacked out a double.
This time the Pirates were able to get the runner home, when Lee Hodges also hit a double. That run tied the game at one apiece.
The Pirates had another three and out in the fifth inning but took the lead, 2-1, in the sixth when Wendt hit a solo home run.
They couldn’t hang on to the lead, though, and Raymond scored three runs in the seventh on four consecutive base hits in a row.
The Pirates went three and out in the eighth and ninth innings, and the final score remained 4-2.
Both teams registered eight hits each. Wendt and Justin Schaible were both 2 for 4 at the plate. Four other Pirates had one hit each.
Hodges pitched seven innings and took the loss. He gave up the four runs on eight hits, struck out four and walked two.
Wendt came in for one inning of relief.
“We had our chance, after gaining the lead in the sixth inning,” Coach Todd Schmidtke says. “We just couldn’t hang on to it.”