B.E. Pirates start fast, hold 4-2 record
The Blue Earth Pirates are off to a strong 4-2 start in their 2011 campaign with wins against Morristown, Wells, Minnesota Lake and New Richland.
Blue Earth 14,
Last Monday, the Pirates earned their fourth win of the season against Morristown. Solid pitching and hitting led to a 14-0 drubbing.
Lee Hodges shut down the Morristown bats over seven innings, allowing only three hits and striking out six. Cody Sukalski closed out the contest throwing the final two innings allowing no hits and striking out two.
From the plate, damage primarily came off the bats of Hodges, T.J. Schmidtke, and T.J. Stallman. All three racked up multiple hits and created havoc on the base paths the entire game.
Hodges had a perfect day from the dish with three singles and a double in as many at bats.
Schmidtke also had a strong day at the plate finishing with three hits and five RBIs.
To round out notable performances from the Pirate offense, Stallman reached base in four of six appearances and also smacked a decisive two-run home run in the seventh to put the game out of reach.
Blue Earth 14, Wells 2
Last Sunday against Wells, Blue Earth used the same formula of solid hitting and pitching to earn a 14-2 victory.
A staff of three pitchers took the mound for the Pirates. Garrett Anderson, Jon Traetow and Sukalski all threw to limit Wells to two runs and only two hits. Anderson started for the Pirates allowing no runs and no hits while striking out seven.
Bobby Olson led the charge for the Pirates from the plate driving in three runs on a home run and single.
The Pirates put the game away early, scoring seven of their 14 runs in the second and third innings.
Blue Earth 0
On May 28, Blue Earth took their second loss of the year. The Pirates couldn’t get the bats going as only the first and second hitters in their line up were able to enter the hit column.
Schmidtke and Sukalski notched all of the teams three hits.
Aaron Wendt took the loss for the Pirates throwing seven innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits.
Blue Earth 6,
Minnesota Lake 0
The Pirates were able to score all six of their runs in the first four innings on their way to a 6-0 victory over Minnesota Lake.
Hodges and Sukalski once again teamed up to shut down the opposing team’s offense from the mound.
Hodges threw six innings of shut-out baseball and then handed the ball to his teammate Sukalski for the final three innings.
Sukalski also carried the team offensively, with two hits and two RBIs.
Blue Earth 10,
New Richland 0
The Pirates put together another solid defensive effort May 15 against New Richland.
Wendt earned the victory pitching, throwing five innings and allowing only three hits.
Kato Cubs 7,
Blue Earth 3
A big Kato Cub fourth inning doomed the Pirates as the Cubs plated four runners in the frame. Kane Malo took the loss for the Pirates allowing five runs in two innings pitched.
Keeping the Pirates alive at the plate was Bobby Olson. Olson went 2 for 4 in the game connecting on a double and a single to drive in two Pirate runners.
Next, the Pirates travel to Wells on June 4.