Brady Anderson and Jonah Pirsig combined to hold the Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain Knights to five hits enroute to an 8-0 Buccaneer win last Tuesday.
Game time temperatures hovered in the mid-40s in Blue Earth, with neither team able to generate much heat with their offense through the first three innings.
The Knights’ starter, Brandon Meester, worked out of a jam in the bottom of the third inning when Blue Earth Area put runners in scoring position. However. he would not be so fortunate in the next inning.
Blaine Hougen’s lead-off single down the left field line started things off for the Bucs. An errant throw by the Knight’s catcher on a pick-off attempt allowed Hougen to advance all the way to third base. Colin Nienhaus drew a walk and stole second. Taylor Owen’s line-drive sacrifice fly plated Hougen for the first run of the game.
Nienhaus advanced to third on a wild pitch. Meester had problems finding the plate, resulting in a walk to Anderson. Anderson was replaced by courtesy runner Eric Spellman.
The Bucs then executed a double steal with Spellman stealing second base and Nienhaus coming across home plate for the Bucs’ second run. A Dalton Hurn single would score Spellman and give the Bucs a 3-0 lead after three innings of play.
The Bucs added five more runs in the bottom of the fifth. With one out Jonah Pirsig drove a Meester offering over the fence in deep left-center for a 4-0 lead. A walk to Hougen and an infield hit by Nienhaus ended Meester’s day on the mound.
Caleb Nowicki replaced Meester as the Knight’s pitcher.
Owen reached on an error, with Hougen scoring. Brady Bleess came in to run for Owen. Nowicki walked pinch hitter Andrew Bell to load the bases.
A second consecutive walk, this one to Carter Hanson, brought Nienhaus home with the third run of the inning. A fielder’s choice by Hurn and a single by Joe Franta would bring home Bleess and Bell to complete the scoring and give the Bucs an 8-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Anderson was crafting a nice pitching performance, allowing only four hits while striking out five Knight batters in five innings of work. Anderson gave up one walk and hit one batter. Pirsig pitched one inning in relief giving up one hit, one walk and striking out two.
Pirsig was 2 for 4 at the plate including his home run. The other players recording hits for the Bucs were Hurn, Franta, Hougen Nienhaus, and Hanson.
“It was a good team win,” says Buc head coach Todd Schmidtke. “We played good defense, had some good offense and Anderson and Pirsig did the job on the mound.”
It was the fifth straight win for the Bucs who remain undefeated so far this season.