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Three HRs in a game for Pirates’ Anderson

Blue Earth’s “Sultan of Swat” dominates in postseason play

August 13, 2017
Robert Brewer - Register Staff Writer ( , Faribault County Register

It was an up and down weekend for the Pirates as they earned a split of their two playoff showdowns. While Sunday's loss featured lackluster pitching, Saturday's win provided plenty of offensive fireworks.

In particular, Blue Earth first baseman and pitcher Garrett Anderson did his best Reggie Jackson impression in a performance for the ages. After recording outs in his first two at bats, Anderson hacked for the fences and came up with four extra base hits, including three home runs on Saturday.

Cardinals 11, Pirates 4

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Lee Hodges pitched 7 1/3 innings in a wipeout of the Wells Wildcats on Aug. 5.

Blue Earth pitchers were victimized by the long ball early and often against the Hampton Cardinals this past Sunday. Hampton hit a total of four home runs on the afternoon which accounted for nine of their 11 total runs.

Hampton jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the strength of two home runs in the second and fourth innings. Playing as the road team, Blue Earth manufactured a run in the top of the fifth. Outfielder John Franta worked a two out walk, and later scored on a close play at the plate thanks to an RBI single by Brandyn Olsen.

Olsen did even more damage in the seventh inning with a three-run homer that sailed over the left field fence. It was his second home run in as many games as the Pirates briefly enjoyed a 4-3 lead.

The one-run advantage was very short lived as Hampton exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the seventh. Josh Sharp's grand slam off of Anderson blew the game open and the Pirates were never able to recover. As the Cardinals' dugout was gleaming with excitement, the Pirates' dugout was completely silent for the rest of the ballgame.

Pirates 16, Wildcats 4

The last time these two teams got together, it was the Wells Wildcats who came out on top, 5-2. This time around, the outcome was vastly different.

Playing first base in this game, Blue Earth's right-handed slugger was the star of the show. Anderson belted an astonishing three home runs in the win over Wells. It was the first time Anderson has accomplished the monumental feat in his baseball career.

The first of Anderson's homers was a majestic hack that came in the fifth inning. The blast sailed over the 330 sign in left field and chased pitcher Steve Voigt from the game. This capped off a six-run frame for the Pirates, who enjoyed an 8-2 lead at this point.

Anderson was in home run derby mode for the rest of the game as he added a solo blast in the eighth and another three run bomb in the ninth. The green grass beyond the left field fence was the preferred landing spot of all three long balls.

All told, the Blue Earth native collected seven RBIs on the afternoon. For his efforts, Anderson was playfully doused with water from the dugout cooler by his Blue Earth teammates. Collectively, the Pirates amassed a whopping 20 hits against Wildcat pitching.

With a state tournament bid still at stake, BE moved on to the next round for a game with Minnesota Lake at Cannon Falls on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. Results will be available in the next edition of the Faribault County Register.



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