Pirates unable to rally to beat Beavers

Grantsburg third baseman Ben Johnson stretches for a wild throw during the loss to Cumberland on Monday night.

GRANTSBURG—Due to the weekend’s rain and snow, the regular season match-up between the Grantsburg Pirates and Cumberland Beavers was moved to Grantsburg on Monday night. This was the first meeting of these teams for this week as they will also face off in the opening round of playoff action Thursday night.

Despite a fifth inning 6-5 lead, the Pirates lost this one 7-9 in the end after a seventh inning rally by the Beavers.

“Another one slipped away,” Pirates coach Pete Johnson said after the game. “You can’t put guys on base for free and expect to win.”

Dane Jensen got the Pirates on the board in the first inning after reaching on a walk. He eventually scored on a dropped third strike to Thor Johnson. After one full inning the score was 1-1.

The Pirates added two more runs in the fourth when Jensen and Matt Kottke crossed the plate. After four innings, the hometown boys were within one run at 3-4.

They took the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Ben Johnson and Connor DeTienne both reached on walks. Kottke laid down the perfect sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third. A sac fly by Isaac Quimby scored Johnson. Jensen tallied his second hit of the game to score Kottke to tie the game at 5-5.

Jensen stole second base and with an overthrow by the Beavers, he was able to head to third. Another overthrow at third allowed Jensen to score to give his Pirates the lead at 6-5.

Neither squad scored in the sixth inning, making the top of the seventh Cumberland’s last chance to make a comeback. And, that is exactly what they did.

The first two Beaver batters were hit by pitches to put the winning run on base. Those two eventually scored, along with two more to give the Beavers a 9-6 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh.

Ben Johnson stepped in and cracked a double to get the rally started for the Pirates. DeTienne grounded out, followed by a walk to Kottke. Quimby flew out for the second out of the inning. Jensen cranked out a single, his third hit of the game, to score Johnson, bringing the scored to 7-9. But that is where it would stay.

"Dane seems to group his hits,” Coach Johnson said. “He had singles in his last three at-bats."

Quimby started on the mound for the Pirates, going three innings. Thor Johnson finished the game and took the loss.

The Pirates will face the Beavers again on Thursday to kick off Regional action. This time they will travel to Cumberland for a 5:00 game.