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Pirates crush Spiders, 11-1

By Staff | Jun 22, 2014

The Pirates got back to their winning ways with an 11-1 thrashing of the Cleveland Spiders last Wednesday night in Le Center.

The Spiders used an opening hit and an error by the Pirates (5-1) to put up their lone run in the first inning.

Brandyn Olsen pitched five innings, giving up the one run, only allowing three hits and had five strikeouts. In his last 10 innings pitched, Olsen only allowed three runs, five hits and has struck out 10.

The Pirates answered with three runs of their own in the first inning.

Bobby Olson hit one of his three doubles in the opening frame. He was 3-5 with two RBI for the game.

Olson’s second double helped the Pirates open up an early 4-1 lead in the second inning.

First baseman Aaron Wendt hit a two-run homerun in the fourth, expanding the Pirates’ lead to 6-1. Wendt finished the game 1-5 with two RBI. They would bring in two more runs before the inning was over.

With the lead at 8-1, the Pirates then added three more runs in the fifth and sixth inning, while the Spiders struggled to get on base.

Cody Sukalski finished the Spiders off by pitching two scoreless innings, giving up one walk and contributing two strikeouts for the Pirates.

Kane Malo finished the game 2-4 and also had an RBI.

Lead-off man John Franta was 2-4 with two doubles and a walk.

T.J. Schmidtke contributed two sacrifice flies, which resulted in two RBI.

Andrew Bell was 2-2.

The Pirates victory looked a lot like the teams similar 12-1 win last year versus the Spiders on June 26, 2013.

The Pirates were scheduled to play against Stewartville/Racine in the first round of the Belle Plaine tournament on June 15, but it was cancelled due to rain.

Up next for the Pirates is an away matchup versus Minnesota Lake on June 22 and a rematch with the Spiders on June 25 in Blue Earth. Details will be included in the next Faribault County Register.