GRANTSBURG—On a bitterly cold Thursday evening the Grantsburg Pirates defeated the Siren/Webster Storm by a score of 18-3 for their second conference win of the season.
For the Storm, it was their first game of the season, and just their second day outside. Wednesday was their first practice on a field. “Overall, I thought it went as well as it could for our second day outside,” Storm’s head coach Tina Karsten said. “It was really nice to see them get some hits and score some runs in our first game.”
The Pirates took a 1-0 lead after one inning of play. Emma Quimby led off with a double, and eventually scored on a wild pitch. The next three batters— Brooke Quimby, Rachel Tooze, and Rylee Hoffman all grounded out with some nice play by the Storm’s shortstop, Liz Carroll, to end the inning.
The Storm were held scoreless in the top of the second inning. The Pirates, on the other hand, racked up 10 runs on eight hits in their half of the inning to take an 11-0 lead.
In the top of the third, the Storm tallied three runs to cut into Grantsburg’s lead, but they answered back with five runs of their own to bring the score to 16-3 at the end of three.
The Pirates added two more in the bottom of the fourth to end the game at 18-3.
Emma Quimby, Susan Roberts, and Hoffman led the Pirates with two hits each. Tooze, Hanne Johnson, Ellie Duncan, Bell Quimby, and Jenna McNally recorded one hit apiece.
Hoffman was in the circle for the Pirates and recorded 10 strikeouts.
For the Storm, it was Maddy Nichols making her pitching debut for the season. “I was really happy with the way Nichols threw, especially since it was the first time she has thrown in a game in about a year and a half,” Karsten said.
Overall, Coach Karsten was happy with her team’s performance for their first showing of the year. “I am very proud of the girls for the way they handled themselves considering some of them are playing positions for the first time.”
The Storm will head to Shell Lake on Thursday, and will host Frederic/Luck on Monday, and Cameron on Tuesday.