Pirates dismantle Spiders 11-0
On a beautiful summer evening for baseball, the Blue Earth Pirates were back on the baseball diamond at the Faribault County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, June 6.
Blue Earth took on the Cleveland Spiders, who came into the contest with a record of 2-3. The Pirates completely overwhelmed their opponent in an 11-0 shutout. Pitcher Garrett Anderson recorded the victory for the Pirates in a seven inning ballgame.
In his last outing on the hill, which happened to be Blue Earth’s home opener on May 18, Anderson allowed just two earned runs while striking out seven hitters in four innings of work.
Against the Spiders, Anderson was tested early as he faced a bases loaded jam in the first inning. Fortunately for Blue Earth fans, the big right-hander was able to pitch his way out of trouble without surrendering any runs.
In the bottom of the first, Blue Earth scored their first run of the contest. Kaylan Legred was able to work a walk to lead off the inning, and used his speed to motor into third base on a single by Pirates outfielder Hunter Bleess.
With runners on first and third, shortstop TJ Schmidtke grounded into a double play, but Legred was able to score in the process. There would be plenty more scoring opportunities to follow for the Pirates.
In the second frame, the Pirates were able to add four runs to their lead. Anderson led things off with a single. Two batters later, Alan Davids recorded an RBI single. Two batters after that hit, Legred hit an RBI single to right field in his second at-bat of the game.
Later in the same inning, a sacrifice fly by Bleess made it a 4-0 ballgame. Blue Earth added another run in the frame thanks to a Cleveland fielding error.
It was more of the same in the third inning as the Pirates again rallied for four runs. Aaron Wendt led off the frame with a walk, and advanced to third following a double by Anderson.
With two runners aboard and nobody out, third baseman Kane Malo added to Blue Earth’s lead with an opposite field RBI single to make the score 6-0. In the very next at-bat, Davids matched Malo with an opposite field single of his own and a run batted in.
With the bases loaded and two outs, the Pirates were able to add a couple more runs. After three innings of play, the Pirates were able to produce nine runs on nine base hits. They also added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh.
With a record of 3-1, the Pirates made the trip to Andover for their showdown with the Aces on Saturday, June 9. On June 10, Blue Earth was again on the road for a game against the Morristown Morries. Results from these games will be available in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.