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Those Guys from Bancroft beat Blue Earth Pirates 12-0

By Staff | Jun 14, 2020

Lee Hodges, gets his bat on the ball. Hodges had one of four hits for the Blue Earth Pirates against Bancroft on June 7.

Vince Meyer Field in Bancroft, Iowa, has been the Blue Earth Pirates home away from home for the first three games of the baseball season while the team waits to see when they can start playing in Minnesota.

After dropping their first game on Wednesday, June 3, to the Fairmont Martins, the Pirates returned to Bancroft on Sunday, June 7, to take on the Bancroft Those Guys in a doubleheader.

Blue Earth came up on the short end in both games. After getting shut out in the opener 2-0, the Pirates dropped the nightcap 12-0 as the offense continues to struggle in the early season.

Bancroft is a town known for a strong baseball tradition and fielding solid teams. This year is no different as every one of their starters played, or is still playing, baseball at the college level.

Garrett Anderson started on the hill for Blue Earth in the first game. The tall right hander went four innings before veteran Lee Hodges came on to pitch the final two innings. The duo combined to hold Those Guys to two runs on five hits. Anderson surrendered one run in the third inning and Hodges gave up one run in the sixth inning.

Meanwhile, the Pirates’ bats were silenced by the Bancroft pitcher who threw a no-hitter to gain a 2-0 victory.

In fact, it was the third no-hitter in three games the Bancroft team had been involved in.

Bancroft was no-hit by Fairmont in their first game of the season the previous day. Those Guys then no-hit New Ulm later that same day.

Blue Earth was able to collect only four hits in the second game against Bancroft.

Anders Fering earned a two-out walk in the bottom of the first inning. Anderson’s single behind second base advanced Fering to second but the Bancroft pitcher recorded the third out without any further damage.

Logan Jahnke started the game for the Pirates and yielded two runs on three hits in the bottom of the first inning.

Hodges hit one to the gap for a one-out double in the second inning. Luke Mertens hit behind the runner to the second baseman to advance Hodges to third base with two outs. Hunter Bleess was hit by a pitch to put runners at the corners but, once again the Bancroft pitcher was able to get the third out without the Pirates scoring.

Bancroft had a big second inning and recorded seven hits and five runs to take a 7-0 lead after two complete innings.

Fering got the Pirates’ third hit of the game with a double in the third inning but was left stranded at second base.

Hunter Bleess took over pitching in the bottom of the third inning and issued two walks before giveing way to Keegan O’Brien. O’Brien, who will be a senior for Blue Earth Area next year, pitched out of the jam and the Pirates escaped the third inning without any damage.

Hodges drew a one-out walk in the top of the fourth and took second base on Mertens’ infield single. The threat was eliminated when Bancroft recorded two more outs to end the inning.

Those Guys would add four more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and one more in the fifth inning for the 12-0 victory.

Blue Earth had zero runs on four hits while committing two errors. Bancroft scored 12 runs on eight hits and they were not charged with any errors.