Pirates head to State
The Pirates finished out the last round of the Region 4C tournament last weekend and are headed to the State ‘C’ Tournament on Friday.
They played two games on Saturday and one on Sunday to finish out the tournament and determine their seed for the State Tournament.
Having won one game and losing two, the Pirates will kick off the State Tournament as the No. 2 seed and will play Lake Henry at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night in Cold Spring.
Hampton 8, Blue Earth 3
The Blue Earth Pirates faced off against Hampton last Saturday at 1 p.m.
The game started out pretty slowly, but by the fifth inning, Hampton was in the lead 7-3.
The Pirates were unable to score more and Hampton took the win, 8-3.
Hampton scored three runs in the first inning, three more in the fourth and one in the fifth.
The Pirates brought in three runs in the fifth in an attempt to catch up, but Hampton scored another run in the seventh.
Aaron Wendt took the mound for five innings and pitched to 27 batters. He allowed nine hits and seven runs and had six strikeouts.
Cody Sukalski pitched for the other four innings. He faced 17 batters and allowed four hits, one walk, and one run. He also had four strikeouts.
TJ Schmidtke was 2 for 5 at the plate and scored one run in the fifth inning.
Brandyn Olsen was also 2 for 5, bringing in a run for the Pirates in the fifth inning.
Lee Hodges was 2 for 4 and scored one run. He also had one base on balls and accounted for one double and one RBI.
Bob Olson and Garrett Anderson were each responsible for an RBI.
Blue Earth 4,
Cannon Falls 3
A game that started out slow ended up being a nail biter for the Blue Earth Pirates.
They took on Cannon Falls in their second game of the weekend.
The game started out slowly and took a few innings for the teams to get warmed up and start bringing runs in.
But, Cannon Falls was the first to break onto the scoreboard and tallied three runs in the fourth inning.
The game quieted down again after that and Cannon Falls remained in the lead, while both teams were unable to score anymore runs in the next couple of innings.
But, in the eighth inning, when it seemed the game was going to end in Cannon Falls’ favor, the Pirates made a surprise run.
They came from behind and scored three runs to tie up the game in the eighth inning when Kane Malo hit a home run and brought two of his teammates home as well.
Cannon Falls was out in order in the eighth inning and again in the ninth inning, leaving the score tied as the Pirates came up to bat again.
The Pirates needed to score just one more run for the victory, otherwise the game would have gone into extra innings.
The Pirates neared the end of the inning when they brought a runner home to cement the win, 4-3.
Garrett Anderson took the mound, pitching seven innings for Blue Earth. He allowed three hits, three walks and three runs. He also had five strikeouts.
Lee Hodges pitched the remaining two innings. He allowed just one hit and threw three strikeouts.
Brandyn Olsen was 2 for 4 batting for the Pirates. He scored one run and accounted for one RBI and one double.
Hodges took one base on balls and scored one run in the eighth inning.
Malo also scored a run in the eighth for Blue Earth. He was 1 for 4 and accounted for one home run and two RBI.
Trent Sonnicksen took a base on balls in the ninth inning and ended up scoring the game winning run.
Hampton 5, Blue Earth 4
After playing a nail-biter on Saturday, the Pirates did not expect to have a similar outcome in their last game of the tournament against Hampton on Sunday morning.
Hampton started things off by scoring two runs in the first inning, after the Pirates were unable to score a run during their first inning at bat.
Blue Earth went into the fourth inning still scoreless, but managed to get on the board with a run taking the score to 2-1.
Then, Hampton jumped ahead in the next two innings, scoring another run in the fifth and another in the sixth making the score 4-1.
The Pirates spent the next two innings playing catch up. They brought in one run in the seventh and one in the eighth closing the gap in the score, 4-3.
Hampton was unable to gain a further lead at that point and finished their seventh and eighth innings without scoring any additional runs.
The Pirates kicked off the ninth inning with Hampton in the lead. However, Kane Malo scored a run and tied up the score.
Hampton stepped up to bat in the bottom of the ninth with a 4-4 score, but quickly squashed the tie and claimed a win after scoring a run.
Lee Hodges pitched all nine innings for Blue Earth. He allowed 13 hits, three bases on balls and five runs. He also had five strikeouts.
Malo was 2 for 5 and scored one run.
Brandyn Olsen was 2 for 4 batting. He accounted for two RBI and scored one run by hitting a home run.
Aaron Wendt was 2 for 5 at bat and scored one run and accounted for one double.
Trent Sonnicksen was 1 for 4 batting and scored one run in the seventh inning.