GRANTSBURG—The Siren Dragons visited their neighbor to the west last week in a Lakeland Conference match-up, and were unable to keep up to the hosting Pirates as they fell 19-1.
Despite the final lopsided score, the game was knotted up at 1-1 after one inning of play.
The Dragons got on the board first in the top half of the inning when Jordan Webster reached on a single to start things off. Tanner Buck followed up with a bunt to move Webster to second and was safe himself after hustling to first.
Lucas Hunter stepped to the plate with runners at first and second. He hit a grounder to shortstop, and the Pirates were able to turn the double play. But smart, aggressive base running by Webster put the Dragons in the scorebook as he scored from second.
The Pirates answered with a run of their own when leadoff batter Dane Jensen reached on a walk and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Grantsburg added four more in the second inning with Matt Kottke, Sterling McKinley, David Nelson and Jensen crossing the plate to make it 5-1.
The wheels fell off for the Dragons in the third inning as the Pirates tacked on 14 runs in their half of the inning to take a 19-1 lead.
The Pirates held Siren scoreless in the top of the fourth to end the game.
The Dragons had three pitchers on the mound for this game with Webster getting the start, followed by Hunter and Chance Lessard finishing up.
For the Pirates, it was Carson Knutson on the mound, with Jensen closing the fourth inning.
The Pirates will head to Cumberland on Thursday for the opening round of Regional play, while the Dragons will head to Solon Springs. Game time for both contests is 5:00 p.m.