Pirates rally to get win over Luck

Grantsburg baseball teammates watching a teammate bat at a game earlier this season.

LUCK—The Grantsburg Pirate baseball team traveled to Luck last week, rallying in the top of the seventh to clinch an 8-7 win.

"This game was very similar to half our games this season, except we were able to pull it out in the last inning,” Pirates head coach Pete Johnson said of his team’s late game surge.

After leading for much of the game, the Pirates fell behind 6-7 as they headed into the final inning of the game.

Thor Johnson stepped to the plate and took a crack at the first pitch, good for a single to start the rally. Luke Anderson was next to the plate, he also hit a single to put runners on first and second.

Freshman Isaac Quimby laid down the perfect sacrifice bunt to move the runners ahead and into scoring position.

Ben Johnson headed to the plate next with a new pitcher on the mound for Luck. A wild pitch scored Thor Johnson to tie the game at 7-7. Ben Johnson smacked a single to score Anderson to give the Pirates the 8-7 lead and final score.

The Pirate defense shut down Luck’s bats in the bottom of the seventh to take the win.

Grantsburg tallied eight runs on the night. "Dane (Jensen) and Luke (Anderson) each got a couple of hits,” Coach Johnson said of his squad’s offense. "Isaac (Quimby) had a key bunt in the seventh that moved the tying and go-ahead run into scoring position.”

Jensen, Anderson and Ben Johnson tallied two hits each for the game with Thor Johnson and Connor DeTienne adding one each. Anderson matched his hits with two RBI’s, with the Johnsons, Thor and Ben, adding one RBI each.

The win puts the Pirates at 2-5 in conference play, 2-8 overall.

Unfortunately, they lost another player to injury this game after already losing centerfielder and pitcher Austin Wedin a few games ago to a broken hand after being hit by a pitch. This time it was third baseman Ramsey Clark. "We are very disappointed that Ramsey suffered a broken leg in the sixth inning after coming down awkwardly with a runner sliding into the base,” Johnson added.