GRANTSBURG—The Grantsburg Pirates baseball team finally got their season underway as they hosted the Braham Bombers on a cold, wet Friday night. The game ended in an 11-11 tie.
“This was a marathon game in the cold. After seven innings, the umps called it on account of darkness,” Pirates head coach Pete Johnson said. “Pretty weird...tie game.”
The Pirates led for most of the game, taking a 4-0 lead in the first inning. They added four more in the third, and were up 8-5 at the end of that inning.
They added one more in both the fourth and fifth innings to hold a 10-5 lead heading into the sixth.
The Bombers racked up six runs in the sixth inning to take the lead, 10-11. But the Pirates rallied back in the bottom of the seventh when Dane Jensen smacked a double to score Ramsey Clark to knot the score at 11-11.
“Not the cleanest game I’ve ever seen,” Coach Johnson said. “I was happy for the last inning comeback to tie it up.”
The Pirates had 10 hits on the night with Connor Detienne leading the way with three followed by Thor Johnson with two. David Nelson, Sterling McKinley, Matt Kottke, Clark, and Jensen had one hit each. Detienne, Jensen and Johnson had two RBIs each.
“Connor and Thor combined for half our team hits,” coach Johnson added.
The Pirates sent four different pitchers to the mound this game— Luke Anderson, Austin Wedin, Nelson, and McKinley. “We used a lot of pitching tonight on purpose,” the coach said. “First time out on a cold night, you can’t blow any arms out.”
Between the four hurlers they racked up 17 strikeouts and allowed only five hits.