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Pirates add to their bounty of wins

By Staff | Jul 14, 2019

All eyes are on the ball as Lee Hodges of the Blue Earth Pirates makes contact against the Eagle Lake Expos in a game played in Blue Earth on July 7. The Pirates defeated the Expos 3-0 and three days later added another win to their record with a win over Morristown.

The Blue Earth Pirates defeated the Morristown Morries for the second time in 11 days.

Whereas the previous game had been a low-scoring pitcher’s duel, the contest on Wednesday night, July 10, featured a total of 16 runs with the Pirates getting the best of the Morries by a 10-6 final score.

Morristown scored one run in the top of the first but Blue Earth responded with five runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-1 lead.

The Morries closed the gap to 5-2 with a run in the top of the third inning. The Pirates struck back in the bottom of the fourth inning with four runs to move out front 9-2.

The teams traded runs in the seventh inning to make it 10-3 in favor of the Pirates going into the top of the eighth inning. Morristown mounted a rally to close the gap to 10-6 but Blue Earth held on to claim the victory.

Zach Schonrock started on the mound for the Pirates but gave way to Logan Jahnke in the third inning. Jahnke hurled six innings to pick up the win. Aaron Wendt relieved Jahnke and pitched a scoreless ninth inning. It was the sixth consecutive win for the Pirates.

Besides picking up the win, Jahnke also had a good night at the plate going 3-for-4. TJ Stallman had one hit and one RBI in three at bats. Brandyn Olsen recorded a double and two RBIs in four at bats.

Garret Anderson and Wendt each had one RBI. Anderson was 2-for-3 while Wendt had one hit in three at bats.

The Pirates hosted Lake Crystal in a double header on Sunday, July 14, and will host St. Clair in an evening game on Wednesday, July 17.

Results of those contests will be in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.

Pirates 3, Expos 0

The Blue Earth Pirates broke up a scoreless tie with the Eagle Lake Expos by scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to claim a 3-0 victory in a game played at Veterans Field in Blue Earth on Sunday, July 7.

Garrett Anderson of the Pirates and Luke Schwarz of the Expos were locked in a pitcher’s dual through the first seven innings of the game. Both teams had put runners in scoring position earlier in the game but neither team was able to capitalize on those opportunities.

Hunter Bleess led off the bottom of the eighth inning for Blue Earth and reached base on a dropped third strike. TJ Stallman stepped to the plate and Bleess stole second base.

Stallman then singled to center field but Bleess was tagged out at home plate trying to score from second base.

Following a pop out to the catcher, TJ Schmidtke stroked a two-out single to put runners on first and second base.

Lee Hodges was up next and hit a double to the gap between left and center field. With two outs, both runners were off at the crack of the bat. Stallman scored easily and Schmidtke was safe when the throw from the outfield to home plate was off the mark. Hodges ran to third on the throw home and scored when the catcher threw the ball over the third baseman’s head in at attempt to throw out Hodges. The Pirates now led 3-0.

Blue Earth held Eagle Lake scoreless in the top of the ninth inning to pocket the shut out victory.

Anderson gets credit for the win. He pitched all nine innings and allowed only one hit while striking out 15 Expo batters and walking two. Eagle Lake left six runners on base.

Schwarz struck out eight Pirate batters and did not issue any walks. He stranded six batters.

On offense, Blue Earth was led by Hodges who went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs. Stallman, Kaylan Legred, and Aaron Wendt also had two hits each for the Pirates.

It was the fifth consecutive win for Blue Earth and improved their record to 10-9 for the year.