Pirates win close one over TL/C

Emma Quimby comes in for the slide in the Pirates’ win over Turtle Lake/Clayton.

GRANTSBURG—The Grantsburg Pirates tallied another win in this young season with a hard fought 7-6 victory over Turtle Lake/Clayton on Monday night.

The big bats of the Pirates continue as they racked up 16 hits for the game, including two home runs. Brooke Quimby and Rylee Hoffman both put one over the fence in the third inning. This is the second home run for both batters this season.

TL/C put one across in the top half of the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. That lead didn’t last long as the Pirates scored two in their half of the inning on an inside-the-park home run by Rachel Tooze, which scored Brooke Quimby as well, on a series of throwing errors by TL/C.

TL/C added two runs in the second inning to regain the lead and were able to hold off the Pirates offensively.

In the top of the third inning, the Pirates shut down the visiting squad behind the fielding of shortstop Brooke Quimby, who had her hand in all three outs. Quimby continued her hot streak as she was first to step to the plate in the bottom of the inning. She sent the very first pitch sailing over the left field fence to tie the game at 3-3. Tooze doubled and scored when Hoffman knocked one over the center field fence to put her Pirates up by two, 5-3.

TL/C tied it up, 5-5, in the fifth inning before taking a 6-5 lead over the hometown girls in the top of the seventh.

The Pirates rallied back in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, Bell Quimby belted out a double to get into scoring position. Jenna McNally singled, scoring Quimby to tie the game. Emma Quimby walked, and Susan Roberts smacked a hard shot back to the pitcher who was not able to handle it, allowing McNally to score for the win.

Hoffman went the distance in the circle for the Pirates, striking out four.

The Pirates will head to Siren on Thursday to take on the Storm in a 5 p.m. game. On Saturday they go to Amery for a triangular beginning at 10 a.m. On Monday they will host Frederic/Luck. Game time is 5 p.m. (All games are dependant on weather/field conditions.)