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B.E. Pirates take two, lose three

By Staff | Jul 17, 2011

Bobby Olson

The Blue Earth Pirates played five games on the diamond last week winning two of five games. Their record stands at 19-6 overall and 10-1 in the league.

Blue Earth 9,

Austin 8

The Pirates had at least one runner cross the plate in each of the first six innings Tuesday night against the Red Legs to ultimately win 9-8.

Bobby Olson led the Pirates from the plate knocking two doubles and driving in four runners.

Blue Earth jumped out to a 4-1 lead after two innings thanks to T.J. Stallman and T.J. Schmidtke kicking the game off with a single and a double to eventually score the game’s first two runs.

Blue Earth continued to score runs in the early innings enjoying a comfortable 9-3 lead after five.

The large lead was shortlived with the Red Legs charging back in the sixth scoring four runs and closing the gap to two runs.

Blue Earth’s Lee Hodges entered the game with the bases loaded in the sixth striking out the final Austin batter to strand three Red Legs on the base paths.

Hodges closed out the game despite allowing the tying run to reach third base in the ninth inning. Reminiscent of the sixth inning, the reliever struck out a Red Leg batter to get out of the jam in the ninth.

Jordan /Shakopee


The Blue Earth Pirates posted a 1-3 record in the Jordan/Shakopee tournament earning a fourth-place finish.

Blue Earth was the only team in the field classified as Class C.

Cold Spring 3,

Blue Earth 0

In a game lasting a mere 57 minutes, Blue Earth could not drive a runner across the plate. The Springers’ Chris Butala limited the Pirates to four hits on his way to the victory.

All of the Pirates four hits were singles with T.J. Schmidtke, Cody Sukalski, Kane Malo and Garrett Anderson recording base knocks.

Sukalski couldn’t outduel Butala taking the loss for the Pirates allowing three earned runs and nine hits .

The Springers scored two runs in the third after four consecutive two-out singles. A bunt by the ninth batter in the lineup, Zach Hinkemeyer started the rally.

In the fourth inning, the Springers scored their final run of the game when a Mathias Butala single paired with a costly error by the Pirates left fielder, Aaron Wendt drove in Brian Skluzacek.

St. Louis Park 3,

Blue Earth 2

After advancing to second on an error by St. Louis Park’s Mike Lueck, Blue Earth’s Kane Malo couldn’t travel the last 180 feet to tie the game in the10th inning.

Lee Hodges struck out, Trent Sonnicksen grounded to second and Aaron Wendt grounded to the shortstop to end the Pirate’s last effort to extend the game.

Blue Earth entered the seventh inning clinging on to a 2-1 lead until St. Louis Park strung together three singles and a walk to score Casey Garven.

Deadlocked at two runs apiece, both teams’ offenses remained dormant until the tenth when four St. Louis Park singles led to Chris Duda scoring the winning run.

Despite earning the loss, Aaron Wendt threw a remarkable game hurling 10 innings for the Pirates. The left hander scattered 10 singles, struck out three and walked two in his marathon outing.

Wendt retired St. Louis Park batters in consecutive order over six of his 10 innings.

After a two run fifth inning, the Pirates were in command until the late St. Louis Park rally. Wendt doubled to leadoff the inning and Sukalski drove in Wendt with a double of his own. A Schmidtke single drove in Sukalski to give the Pirates a short-lived 2-1 advantage.

Jordan 3,

Blue Earth 1

The Jordan Brewers scored two runs in the second and one in the third to sink the Pirates.

Kane Malo hit a solo home run in the fourth inning for the only Pirate run of the contest.

The Pirates outhit the Brewers, eight to seven but failed to string together hits.

Lee Hodges took the loss for Blue Earth throwing six innings, allowing three runs and striking out one Jordan batter.

Blue Earth 4,

Sauk Rapids 3

Blue Earth broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning to overcome Sauk Rapids.

To score the winning run, Trent Sonnicksen walked and Cody Sukalski doubled to drive in Sonnicksen.

By scoring the decisive run, Sonnicksen capped a banner day offensively. The Pirate left-fielder reached base in all three plate appearances, had two singles and worked a walk to score the Pirates fourth run.

Sukalski earned the win for the Pirates allowing only one hit in two innings .

Blue Earth jumped out to a 3-0 lead until the fifth inning when Sauk Rapids scored three runs to tie the ball game. The score remained deadlocked until Sukalski broke the 3-3 tie in the seventh with the double.