The Pirates traveled to Osceola on Friday and scored two runs in the first inning on Jim French’s two out, two run double. There wasn’t much offense after that on both sides as Osceola’s starter settled down and Pirate starter Adam Barta was on his game. Unfortunately for the Pirates, another storm rolled through Osceola and the game was postponed in the bottom of the 5th, three outs shy of a win. This is the second time this season we’ve had games postponed in the bottom of the 5th, the other was in Plum City.
Saturday we traveled to Hayward to face the Hawks, a rematch of last years regional final in which the Pirates won. The offense was on top of their game as we won 8-2 in a 7 inning affair. Nick Johnson and Chris Terrazas combined for 5 hits and Johnson picked up the Win throwing 5 innings, giving up two runs in the 5th. Jake Kuschke pitched two shutout innings in relief to close down the win.
Pirates face Ellsworth in a big game on Wednesday. On the mound will be Rob Mouton.
The Pirates entered the weekend with a 3-1 conference record and closed up shop Sunday afternoon at 6-1. Friday we traveled to Hager City and the game started off well with a 4-run 1st. There were some nice hits, a few misplays in the field to help us out and all of a sudden the squad was up quickly. Things started to get hairy when starter Jesse Tollefson gave up 3 runs in the 5th. Tollefson went 7 innings giving up the same number and was relieved by Eric Monson who closed the door for a two inning save.
Saturday Bay City came to town and the bats struggled to put together hits which kept the game close until the very end. Rob Mouton started his first game for Prescott and was dominant. He struck out 8 over 7 innings, walking 2 and not allowing a run. Nick Johnson relieved Mouton and finished off the game with another Pirate 2 inning save. There wasn’t a lot to talk about offensively. Derrick Munsen had a big 2 out single that drove in the first run and Johnson’s groundout put the Pirates up 2.
Sunday the bats finally showed up giving our pitching corp a little breathing room. We got the offense going right away in the first with consecutive with Chris Terrazas’s sac fly scoring Billy Brookshaw and Jared Powell’s sac fly scoring Brady Randolph. Jim French then singled home Nick Johnson and the Pirates were up quickly 3-0. Randolph and French each hit solo HR’s to make the score 5-0. The score was 6-2 in the 8th when Randolph, Johnson and Terrazas each singled home runs to extend the lead to 9-2, the final score.
Overall the weekend was a success, the pitching was terrific and nobody pulled a muscle, something uncommon for the Pirates after three consecutive games.
The Pirates play three conference games this weekend, first starting tonight in Hager City. Jesse Tollefson takes the mound after consecutive victories over Menomonie and River Falls and is looking to push his overall record to 3-0. The Pirates are looking to break out of a funk down in Hager City as they seem to always lack focus. Personally I think it is because the bright lights of a gentleman’s club is staring them in the face but I digress.
Saturday we host Bay City at 1. The Bombers currently sit at the top of our division with a 4-0 record and they will face Rob Mouton in his Pirate’s debut. This is a big game for both teams as it could set a tone for the rest of the division. Mouton is from Woodbury and played his high school ball at Cretin Durham Hall.
Sunday St. Croix Falls comes to Prescott for a Father’s Day matinée. Nick Johnson will toe the rubber coming off 4.1 innings pitched at Plum City on Sunday that was postponed due to rain. Johnson struck out 8 of 13 batters and is looking to prove the manager wrong once again.
See you at the ballpark!
Our game against Hager City has moved to Friday at 7:30 because Ellsworth HS is playing in the state tournament. Good luck Coach Block.
On Saturday the Pirates played in River Falls for what has been a good rivalry over the years. The Fighting Fish have had the upper hand on Prescott lately winning the last four. Fortunately for Prescott, the bats stayed hot and Jesse Tollefson continues to roll.
Prescott scored three runs in the first inning off Fish pitch Scott Wells. The Pirates sent 8 hitters to the plate in the first which set the tone for the rest of the game. The Pirates continued all game to put together good ABs by consistently getting guys on base and constantly putting pressure on River Falls. The squad did leave 19 guys on base which has to be some sort of record and Brian Johnson set team record by stranding 10 alone. We had a good chuckle and moved on. Jared Powell was 3-5 with 3 RBI and another HR, a solo shot in the 7th.
Jesse Tollefson was again the story of the game. He gave up two earned runs over nine innings and threw the first Pirate CG of the year. He also has ditched his 8th inning blues which again, was laughed about during and after the game. It is fun to watch guys who know how to win by throwing strikes and hitting spots.
Sunday the Pirates traveled to Plum City to take on the Blues. Unfortunately the game was suspended in the bottom of the 5th inning with the Pirates up 3-0. The game will be resumed in Prescott on July 21st when Plum City comes to town. Ben Krings had a two out hit in the 2nd to put the Pirates up 1-0. Powell had two more hits as he plated the second run with a single and later scored on a wild pitch. Very impressive for someone who may have been over served the night before.
We’ve been waiting for the bats to warm up along with the weather, fortunately for the Pirates, both occurred Sunday. Chris Terrazas got the ball rolling with a 2-run HR in the first plating Billy Brookshaw. Jim French’s HR put the Pirates up 3-0 and Alex Ross’s 2-run single slid the lead to 5-0 after 3. Then the Jared Powell show started. In his last three AB’s he hit two HRs and a sac fly driving in 7. The game ended after seven innings due to the mercy rule with a final score of 15-2.
Adam Barta started the game, pitched six innings striking out 5 while allowing two earned runs. Mark Erickson threw the final scoreless frame.
The Pirates have now won four in a row improving their record to 4-3 and 2-1 in SCVBL play. They are at Blaine on Wednesday 7:30.