Pirates dismantle Morries at home, 12-0
Following consecutive losses to the Wells Wildcats and Waterville Indians, the Blue Earth Pirates (11-5) had a week off before their next game. Boy did it make a difference.
The Pirates were back in action on Sunday, July 8 as they squared off against the Minnesota Lake Royals for a home double-header. Blue Earth managed to take both games of the double dip, winning the first game by a score of 11-10, and the second game 5-2.
On Wednesday, July 11, Blue Earth was home again for their contest against the Morristown Morries. Pitcher Garrett Anderson took the hill for the Pirates and pitched seven innings of shutout baseball in a 12-0 thrashing of Morristown.
Blue Earth scored their first run of the ballgame in the bottom of the first thanks to some smart base running by Lee Hodges and Brandyn Olsen.
With Hodges on first, and Olsen on third, Hodges faked a steal attempt of second base after the Morristown pitcher bounced the ball to the plate. Once the Morries catcher fired the ball to second base, Olsen bolted to the plate.
The return throw to home was not in time and the Pirates took the lead 1-0. Later in the frame, left-handed hitter TJ Stallman added an RBI single for Blue Earth. After one inning of play, the Pirates enjoyed a 2-0 lead. As it turned out, the offensive fireworks were just getting started.
In the second inning, Blue Earth exploded for five runs, with four of those runs coming on three consecutive hits. RBI singles by Olsen and Hodges, followed by a two-run single by Stallman kept the merry-go-round of Pirates baserunners in motion for most of the inning against Morristown.
With two men down in the frame, Blue Earth added another run thanks to a sharply hit infield grounder by Logan Jahnke.
In the third, Blue Earth added another run to make the lead 8-0. After just three innings of play, Blue Earth had accumulated nine base hits. The Pirates struck again for four more runs the sixth against the outmatched visitors from Morristown.
On Friday, July 13, Blue Earth put their three-game winning streak on the line as they traveled to Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato for a game against Eagle Lake. Results of that contest will be available in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.