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Pirates win three of last four games

By Staff | Jul 1, 2018

Blue Earth Pirates shortstop TJ Schmidtke, a key contributor on the team, swings for the fences at the Faribault County Fairgrounds in a game from earlier this season.

On Saturday, June 23, the Blue Earth Pirates were back on the baseball diamond for a double-header in Hamburg.

The first game of the double dip saw the Pirates dismantle the Hastings Hawks 12-2. It was the fourth game of the season in which Blue Earth managed to post double digit runs.

In the second game of the afternoon, the Pirates completed the two-game sweep as they defeated the Milroy Yankees, 5-1. Blue Earth pitcher Lee Hodges recorded the win, while Milroy’s Austin Deutz took the loss.

Hodges tossed seven innings for the Pirates and allowed just one earned run on five hits and one walk while striking out six batters. As for Deutz, he allowed two earned runs on eight hits in six innings of work.

Offensively, seven Pirate hitters recorded at least one hit in the contest. Leadoff hitting center fielder Cody Sukalski enjoyed a multi-hit performance going 2-for-4 with a double. Sukalski also accounted for two runs scored and a run batted in.

Catcher Kaylan Legred, first baseman Aaron Wendt and third baseman Trent Sonnicksen each scored a run in the ballgame. Meanwhile, shortstop TJ Schmidtke and right fielder Kane Malo both were credited with a run batted in.

In their next ballgame, which was played on Sunday, June 24, the Pirates were downed by the Chanhassen Red Birds, 9-3. The loss snapped Blue Earth’s four-game winning streak.

Despite the setback, the Pirates got back to their winning ways with a 15-11 road win over the Jackson Bulls. The comeback thriller featured an 11-run outburst by Blue Earth in the ninth inning.

With a season record of 8-3, the Pirates traveled to Wells for a game with the Wildcats on Saturday, June 30. Blue Earth also played the Waterville Indians on Sunday, July 1. Results of those games will be available in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.