Pirates down Lakers in twin bill
The Blue Earth Pirates won both ends of a double- header against the Lake Crystal Lakers on Sunday, July 14, at Veterans Field in Blue Earth.
The Pirates outscored the Lakers 15-2 in the opening game. An eight-run first inning proved to be more than enough run support for Lee Hodges, who pitched five innings of shut-out ball to get credit for the win. Kane Malo relieved Hodges in the sixth inning and surrendered two runs in the seventh inning. The game was shortened to seven innings because of the Pirates 10-run lead.
Blue Earth pounded out 12 hits against the Lakers. TJ Schmidtke and John Franta each had 2 RBIs in the first inning. Logan Jahnke added two more RBIs in the third inning. Hodges was 2-for-2 and had a double.
Hodges struck out six Laker batters while scattering five hits and he did not issue any walks.
Pirates 17, Lakers 4
Blue Earth scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning to break a 2-2 tie on thier way to a 17-4 victory over Lake Crystal in the second game of a double header against the Lakers.
Blue Earth was the visiting team on the scoreboard for the second game and wasted no time scoring two runs in the top of the first inning.
Cody Sukalski reached first base on an infield error and moved to second when TJ Schmidtke was walked on four straight pitches. Brandyn Olsen doubled to score Sukalski and advance Schmidtke to third base. Kaylan Legred’s single brought home Schmidtke and gave the Pirates a 2-0 lead.
The Lakers answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the first. They scored again in the bottom of the third inning to tie the game at 2-2.
Legred reached first base on an error to start the fourth inning for the Pirates. Legred then stole second and third base and came home when the catcher’s throw to the third baseman sailed into the outfield.
Aaron Wendt walked. The veteran ballplayer stole second base to get into scoring position. A wild pitch enabled Wendt to go to third base. A single by Hunter Bleess brought Wendt home with the fourth run of the game for Blue Earth.
Bleess stole second base and scored on a single by Sukalski to put the Pirates on top 5-2 going into the bottom of the fourth inning.
A walk to Hodges and a single by Olsen set the table for Legred in the top of the fifth inning. Legred delivered with a single to score Hodges and advance Olsen to third base.
After Legred stole second base, a single by?Jahnke plated Olsen and Legred to put the Pirates up 8-2.
John Franta led off the sixth inning with a walk and scooted to third on a single by Schmidtke. Hodges followed with a line drive single to score Franta with Schmidtke holding up at second base. Olsen walked to load the bases. After the Pirates hit into two infield fly outs, Jahnke walked to bring home Schmidtke and make it 10-2 in favor of Blue Earth heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.
Singles by Franta and Schmidtke and a sacrifice fly by Hodges gave the Pirates one more run in the top of the seventh. The Lakers scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to make it an 11-4 game after seven complete innings.
The Pirates added six runs in the ninth inning to complete the scoring for the game.
Blue Earth finished with 17 runs on 17 hits. They left 11 men on base. Lake Crystal scored four runs on seven hits and stranded 12 runners.
Sukalski started the game and pitched the first three innings. He allowed two unearned runs while giving up two hits, striking out three batters and walking one.
Zach Schonrock pitched the next three and one third innings and struck out three batters, walked three and gave up four hits. He was charged with two earned runs. Logan Jahnke and John Franta finished the game for Blue Earth.
Jahnke was 4-for-5 at the plate with a double and five RBI’s. Schmidtke was 3-for-5. Hodges, Olsen, Legred and Bleess all had two RBIs.
The Pirates conclude their regular season with a 2 p.m. game on July 21 against the Minnesota Lake Royals. The game will be played at Minnesota Lake.