Bulldogs take bite out of Pirates

Grantsburg third baseman, Ben Johnson, goes for the tag during Monday’s loss to the Bulldogs.

GRANTSBURG— The Grantsburg Pirates suffered a 2-4 loss to the Boyceville Bulldogs on Monday in a non-conference match-up.

The Bulldogs came into the game with just two losses on the year, while the Pirates had just picked up their second win of the season in their most recent game.

“We played a clean game on defense,” Pirates coach Pete Johnson said after the game. The Pirates fielded the ball well throughout the game. The Bulldogs hit the ball well and were aggressive on their base running.

Freshman Isaac Quimby got his first varsity start on the mound for the Pirates, and threw a pretty good game. He pitched for five innings, facing 18 batters. He recorded six strikeouts, while allowing four hits. “Quimby looked really good on the mound for his first varsity start,” Coach Johnson noted.

Grantsburg held Boyceville to just two runs for the first four innings of play, but a couple of wild pitches in the top of the fifth allowed the Bulldogs to add two to their score.

The Pirates answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 1-4 game.

The play of the game was a perfectly executed squeeze play by the Pirates in the bottom of the sixth inning. With bases loaded, Thor Johnson put down the perfect bunt as Matt Kottke charged in for the score from third base, making it a 2-4 game.

But that is how it would remain as the Pirates were unable to pull off a late game rally this time to steal the win.

“Two bunts resulted in our two runs. I’m happy we executed,” Coach Johnson added.

Next up, the Pirates head to Shell Lake on Thursday, and will host Unity on Monday.