Pirates take down Lakers, 11-3

Rylee Hoffman is greeted at the plate by her teammates after hitting a huge home run in the win over Shell Lake Monday night.

GRANTSBURG—The Grantsburg Pirates notched another conference win with a solid 11-3 victory over the visiting the Shell Lake Lakers Monday night.

After a scoreless first inning, the Pirates batted around in their half of the second and racked up five runs to take the lead. The Lakers’ pitcher struggled this inning, putting Rylee Hoffman, Ellie Duncan, Jada Hecht and Belle Quimby on base. Emma Quimby cracked a single, as did Susan Roberts to help the cause. At the end of two, the Pirates sat with a comfortable 5-0 lead.

Shell Lake added two runs in the top of the third and one more in the top of the fourth to make it a 5-3 contest.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Hoffman stepped to the plate for her Pirates and sent the very first pitch sailing over the centerfield fence for a solo home run, giving the Pirates a 6-3 lead.

The bats of the Pirates came alive once again, as they tacked on five more runs in the sixth inning. Emma Quimby started it off with a shot to left field, good for a double. Brooke Quimby followed with a single. Rachel Tooze smacked a stand-up double when the ball went under the centerfield fence. Duncan pounded out a double as well, with Belle Quimby rounding out the hitting frenzy with a single of her own.

When the dust settled, the Pirates had an 11-3 lead, which would hold for the final score.

The Pirates are now 5-0 in conference play and hold the top spot in the West Lakeland. They head to Unity on Thursday to take on the Eagles, and will host Somerset Monday and St. Croix Falls Tuesday.