Pirates drop close one to Saints

Centerfielder Austin Wedin tries to make the catch while avoiding a collision with Garrett Johnson.

GRANTSBURG—It finally felt like baseball weather when the Grantsburg Pirates played host to the St. Croix Falls Saints on Tuesday, April 16. The hometown boys came up just short, dropping this one 0-3.

The weather may have been just right, but the Pirates’ bats couldn’t match it. They struggled at the plate against the SCF pitching, tallying just one hit for the game.

“Both teams had very good pitching tonight,” Pirates head coach Pete Johnson said. “We weren’t able to put very many balls in play.”

As the coach noted, the Pirates did well on the mound. Sterling McKinley threw for five innings— facing 20 batters, racking up seven strike outs and allowing five hits. Austin Wedin finished off the game, facing the final nine batters. He tallied two strike outs and allowed two hits.

Defensively, the Pirates made some nice plays throughout the game, including a perfect double play in the fourth inning. They also gunned down a runner at first who took too big of a lead off.