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BE Pirates gearing up for tourney action

July 30, 2017
Robert Brewer - Register Staff Writer , Faribault County Register

Things did not go according to plan for the Blue Earth Pirates in their two league tournament appearances over the weekend.

On July 22, the Pirates traveled to Wells where they fell to the Wildcats, 5-2. Despite having four different Blue Earth hitters with multi-hit games, the Pirates were unable to produce enough offense to win. Brandyn Olsen accounted for all of the offensive output for Blue Earth with his two-run bomb in the fifth inning.

On July 23, Blue Earth suffered another road defeat, this time losing to the Minnesota Lake Royals 12-5. Outfielder Aaron Wendt and third baseman Kane Malo each contributed a two-run homer in the loss.

Heading into the playoff tournament, the Pirates boasted a very strong 16-5 regular season record. This included a seven game winning streak to begin the season.

However, Blue Earth was just 3-3 in their last six ballgames prior to their postseason appearance. As player/manager Lee Hodges puts it, there wasn't any glaring flaws that caused Blue Earth's recent struggles, it was simply a case of going up against very tough opposition.

"Baseball is a funny game, sometimes you get timely hits, and sometimes you don't," Hodges said. "Sometimes you make good, solid contact and you hit the ball right at a defender. We just haven't been getting the breaks."

Blue Earth now switches its focus to the Region 4C Tournament. The Pirates' next game will be at home on Aug. 5 at 3 p.m. Their opponent for that date has yet to be determined.

If the Pirates are able to win their first two games of the regional tournament, they will automatically qualify for the state tournament. Blue Earth can still qualify for state with a loss, but it would be a much more challenging road towards that goal.

According to Hodges, the Pirates are not concerned with their recent slump. Instead, the team remains focused on putting their best foot forward during the eight-team tournament.

"I think our guys are playing well and our record is where it should be at this point in the season," Hodges explains. "There are a lot of good teams in our region, but if we play they way we are capable of, the results will come."



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