The Grantsburg Pirates were able to upend conference rival Unity on Thursday, June 3 with an 11-1 win, requiring just five innings to shut down the Eagles at Grantsburg.

Relying on strong plate performances, the Pirates were able to match the Eagles first inning run with their own mark on the scoreboard, in the first inning, and then they never looked back, scoring 4 runs in the second, and adding two more in the fourth and another four runs in the fifth inning, giving them a ten-run lead to make it a short, five inning night.

Pirate starter Zach Miller got the call on the mound and the win, while also contributing to his own cause with solid offense.

"Zach really got into a groove after a couple of innings and threw his best stuff," Pirates head coach Pete Johnson said. "Miller also had a great night at the plate, going 3 for 3 with a walk."

After a long delay this spring in returning to the field, baseball is moving into the playoff stages in the coming days as the regular season winds down next week. 

Grantsburg is playing some of their best ball so far this season, with strong defense to keep their opponents bats at bay, while also showing strength on the mound and at the plate to highlight their defense.

"I tell our guys to enjoy these beautiful nights on the diamond,” Johnson said stoically. “After missing a complete season, we can't take them for granted."