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Pirates extend win streak to four

By Staff | Jul 7, 2019

Lee Hodges rounds third base and heads for home in a recent Pirate victory. Three consecutive wins on the road last weekend gave the Pirates four consecutive victories and enabled the team to even their record at 9-9 as they head into the final weeks of the regular season and prepare for the playoffs.

The Blue Earth Pirates made it four in-a-row as they went on the road to defeat the Janesville Jays 5-1 behind a strong pitching performance by Garrett Anderson.

Anderson struck out 17 Janesville batters to pick up the win as the Pirates evened their record at 9-9 with their third win in three days.

The Jays touched Anderson for one run in the bottom of the first inning but it was the end of their scoring for the day.

Meanwhile, the Pirates pushed one run across the plate in the top of the second inning to tie the game 1-1. Kane Malo singled, Lee Hodges walked and Brandyn Olsen singled to load the bases. Aaron Wendt hit into a double play which allowed Malo to score from third.

Blue Earth took the lead in the top of the third inning. Cody Sukalski singled, stole second and went to third base on a passed ball. Hunter Bleess hit a ground out to the first baseman to score Sukalski and give the Pirates a 2-1 lead.

Kaylan Legred singled in the fifth inning for the Pirates. He then stole second base and came home on a double by Sukalski, who moved to third on a passed ball. TJ Schmidtke executed a safety-squeeze bunt to bring home Sukalski with Blue Earth’s third run of the game.

The Pirates added two more in the top of the seventh inning. Legred hit a one-out single and then stole second and third base. Sukalski walked and stole second base. Both runners scored on an error by the Jays shortstop to account for the final two runs of the game.

Legred ended the day with two hits and three stolen bases. Sukalski and Olsen also had two hits apiece while Hodges went 1-for-3 with a double.

Pirates 3, Morries 0

Lee Hodges had a stellar outing on the mound for Blue Earth as he shut out the Morristown Morries on the way to a 3-0 victory for the Pirates in a game played at Morristown.

Blue Earth scored two runs in the top of the fourth and one in the top of the ninth inning for their three runs.

Hodges reached first base on a swinging strike out in the fourth inning when the catcher could not handle the ball. Garrett Anderson singled. Joe Schavey’s grounder to the third baseman turned into an error which allowed Hodges to score. Trent Sonnicksen, who went 2-for-4 for the day, followed with an RBI single to score Anderson and give the Pirates a 2-0 lead.

Blue Earth added an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning. Kaylan Legred hit a one-out single, stole second base and eventually scored on a passed ball.

Pirates 18, Bulls 4

Blue Earth rallied from a 3-2 deficit to score 16 runs in the top of the eighth inning to defeat the host Jackson Bulls 18-4 in eight innings.

Zach Schonrock was the starting pitcher for the Pirates and threw three complete innings. Logan Jahnke took over in the fourth inning and pitched 4 2/3 innings to get credit for the win. Lee Hodges came in to record the final out in the eighth inning.

Jackson was holding on to a slim one-run lead before Blue Earth had their big inning.

The Pirates scored nine runs after the Bulls had recorded two outs. Blue Earth also had nine consecutive batters score.

Hodges was 4-for-6 including a grand slam home run in the eighth inning. Jahnke had three hits including a double. Joe Schavey was 2-for-2 while Hunter Bleess was 2-for-5. Garrett Anderson had a double over the centerfielder’s head to drive in two runs.

The Pirates were off until Sunday, July 7, when they were scheduled to host Eagle Lake in a 2 p.m. game. Blue Earth will also be at home against Morristown on July 10, at 7:30 p.m. Results of those contests will be in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.