Pirates 'go yard' on Tigers

Nick Ryan (right) hit a three-run home run for the Pirates to defeat New Richmond 6-5.

Previously published in June 8, 2005 edition of the Sentinel

GRANTSBURG–– Sometimes only a home run will do the trick.

“Sometimes you’ve got to lean on that,” said Coach Pete Johnson after Nick Ryan hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning as the Grantsburg Pirates overcame a 4-0 deficit to beat New Richmond, 6-5.

“The pitch was right where I wanted it. I knew he was going to throw a fastball,” said Ryan.

They didn’t have a hit until first baseman Justin Sando lifted a fastball over the left field porch for a home run to cut the deficit to 4-1. “It felt good, like it was gone,” Sando said.

In the sixth they got to New Richmond starter Brock Powers when Aaron Berner and Matt Throngard singled.

Before the rally would be over the Pirates would score five runs to take a 6-4 lead.

It all happened because Ryan Hansen came on in relief of Michael Johnson and fanned the first five Tigers he faced, got seven in a row then hung on despite two doubles in the seventh by the Tigers. Hansen picked up the win.

Dan Wells had a pair of doubles and Chad Aldous, who took the loss in relief, had a single and double.

“We realized we hadn’t been hitting and just battled back,” said Ryan.