Pirates down Morries by 10 runs
The Blue Earth Pirates returned to Veterans Field in Blue Earth on Wednesday night, July 15, and defeated the Morristown Morries 15-5.
Morristown was supposed to host the game but they were unable to find a field to use for the contest so the Morries were the home team on the scoreboard.
After a scoreless first inning, the Pirates got on the board with two runs in the top of the second. Garrett Anderson singled to left, Lee Hodges singled to right and Hunter Bleess was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out.
Keegan O’Brien walked to drive in one run and TJ Schmidtke hit a sacrifice fly to left to score another run and give Blue Earth a 2-0 lead.
The Pirates added another run in the top of the third but the Morries scored three in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 3-3 after three complete innings.
The score did not remain knotted for long. Blue Earth added four runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 7-3 lead.
Bleess started the inning with a double and O’Brien got on with his second walk of the evening. A double by Schmidtke brought home Bleess with the first run of the inning. Brandyn Olsen followed with another double to score O’Brien and Schmidtke.
Olsen stole third base and scored on a sacrifice fly by Kane Malo for the fourth and final run of the inning.
Blue Earth added three more runs in the top of the fifth inning. Walks to Hodges and Karson Legred and an infield single by Bleess put a Pirate at every base. All three runners scored on a single by Schmidtke which was misplayed by the Morries.
Blue Earth continued to add to their lead and scored in each of the four remaining innings. Meanwhile, Morristown could only manage to score single runs in the fifth and eighth innings.
Lee Hodges pitched the first eight innings to pick up the win. He struck out six batters and walked one.
Zach Schonrock pitched the ninth inning and recorded the last three outs.
Next up for the Pirates was a non-league game on Saturday, July 18, at Heron Lake. Blue Earth returned to league play on Sunday, July 19, against St. Clair, in Blue Earth. The Pirates go back on the road Wednesday, July 22, when they travel to Minnesota Lake to take on the Lakers.
Results of those games will be in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.
Waterville 10, BE 9
The Blue Earth Pirates and Waterville Indians battled to an 8-8 tie through nine innings at a game played at Waterville on Sunday, July 12.
Blue Earth scored one run in the top of the 10th to take a 9-8 lead but Waterville came up with two runs in the home half of the inning to win the extra-inning contest 10-9.
The Indians have been a top team in the 13/60 league the last few years and they wasted no time jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
Blue Earth got on the board with two runs in the top of the third inning.
Lee Hodges reached base on an error to start the inning. Kaylan Legred walked and Keegan O’Brien singled to load the bases.
TJ Schmidtke hit into a force play with O’Brien out at second base. Hodges scored on the play to cut the Indian’s lead to 3-1.
Brandyn Olsen was up next and he also hit into a force play which allowed Legred to score and pull the Pirates within one run of the Indians at 3-2.
Waterville pushed their lead back to three runs by scoring twice in the bottom of the fourth inning to go up 5-2.
Brandyn Olsen doubled in the top of the fifth. Tanner Nawrocki was hit by a pitch and TJ Stallman drew a walk to load the bases. A wild pitch allowed Olsen to scoot home with Blue Earth’s third run of the game.
Waterville scored once in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-3 lead. The Indians retained their three-run advantage until Blue Earth came to bat in the top of the seventh inning.
Olsen hit a lead-off single and Joe Schavey came in to run for him. Garrett Anderson followed with a single to advance Schavey to third base. Hunter Bleess entered the game to run for Anderson. Tanner Nawrocki kept the hit parade going with a single to drive in Schavey and move Bleess to second base.
With TJ Stallman at the plate, the Indians’ pitcher uncorked a wild pitch which allowed the Pirates runners to move to second and third base.
Stallman hit a high pop up behind second base which the fielders lost in the sun. The bases were now loaded.
Kane Malo came to the plate and was hit by a pitch to score Bleess from third and keep the bases full.
Tanner Nawrocki scored when the Pirates grounded into a 6-4-3 double play which left Stallman at third base. Legred came to the plate and delivered a single to score Stallman with Blue Earth’s fourth run of the inning. A single by O’Brien put runners on the corners with two outs.
A delayed double steal brought Legred home with the Pirates’ fifth and final run of the inning. Blue Earth now led 8-6.
Olsen came in to pitch and retired the Indians in order in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Waterville had a lead-off home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to make the score 8-7 with Blue Earth still on top.
The Indians tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with a two-out single to make the score 8-8 and send the game into extra innings.
Cody Sukalski drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning with a single which glanced off of the Indians’ pitcher. His hit followed a lead-off walk to Schmidtke and Olsen reaching by an error.
Stallman walked to fill the bases but Waterville ended the threat with a double play which started with a ball hit to the third baseman. The third baseman threw to the catcher to force out the runner at home and the catcher fired the ball to the first baseman to beat the runner and let Waterville escape without any further damage.
A walk, an error and a sacrifice bunt gave the Indians runners at second and third base with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning. A single brought both runners home and gave Waterville the 10-9 victory.
The Pirates had 15 hits and committed three errors. The Indians had 12 hits and were charged with five errors.