Pirates win, lose; season record at 20-8
The Blue Earth Pirates picked up a win against Waterville on Saturday, but dropped a one-run loss to Fairmont to finish the week with a .500 record.
Originally, the Pirates had four games on the schedule, but a game against Jackson was rained out and the Cleveland Condors forfeited Sunday’s day game.
The Pirates entered the League playoffs this past weekend with a 20-8 overall record and an 11-2 league record. Blue Earth played at Minnesota Lake Saturday and win or lose played against Mankato or Lake Crystal on Sunday. Results of the playoff games occurred after the Register’s deadline.
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A bobbled ball on a John Ellis comebacker to the mound made the difference as Fairmont’s Shaun McGuire scored the winning run.
Cody Sukalski took the loss for the Pirates throwing five innings in relief.
Garrett Anderson started the game allowing one run on two hits in three innings on the mound.
The loss was only the second league setback the Pirates have suffered the entire year. The Martins have been responsible for both of Blue Earth’s league losses.
The Pirates’ lone run came in the fifth inning when Bobby Olson singled to drive in Trent Sonnicksen.
Other Pirates to record hits in the game were Sukalski, Schmidtke Justin Schaible and T.J. Stallman.
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Blue Earth scored four runs in the second and fifth innings to power over Waterville 12-6.
The Pirates benefited from six consecutive runners reaching base safely in the second inning to plate four runs. Players scoring in the inning included: Kane Malo, Aaron Wendt, Jon Traetow and Domitru Beck.
The Pirates were again lighting up the scoreboard in the fifth thanks to homeruns by Traetow and Stallman.
The two-run homer by Traetow capped a strong day at the plate. The Pirate was dialed in, tallying four hits and four RBIs.
Aaron Wendt and Cody Sukalski teamed up to provide solid pitching for Blue Earth.
Wendt started the game throwing three innings allowing six hits and two earned runs. The lefty struck out six to work out of tough situations.
Cody Sukalski finished the game throwing six innings while allowing no earned runs. The reliever had four strikeouts with the biggest one occurring on the game’s last out.