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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Prep baseball: Edlund, Kresl lead Pirates past Gators 11-1

  • Senior Dylan Klatt was dominant on the mound for the Pirates, allowing one earned run on three hits and three walks in six innings of work. He struck out seven.
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  • The Pirate baseball team beat Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 11-1 in six innings Thursday at Jim Karn Field. While the non-section victory may not affect Crookston's standings too much, it will give the team confidence as the Gators have beaten the likes of Warroad and Roseau this season.
    Senior Dylan Klatt was dominant on the mound for the Pirates, allowing one earned run on three hits and three walks in six innings of work. He struck out seven.
    "We played pretty well all the way through," Pirate head coach Ted Hasz said. "It was a very good pitching performance from Klatt, we got some hits and pretty good defense too."
    Seniors Josh Edlund and Brandon Kresl, Crookston's three and four batters, were brilliant, as both went 2-for-3. Edlund had a doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored. Kresl scored three runs. Senior Dylan Klatt helped himself out, going 1-for-4 with triple and two RBIs. Sophomore Mikey Hajostek was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
    Coach Hasz said the team talked before the game about being swept by Warroad on Tuesday. The Pirates did not let that affect their play on Thursday.
    "We talked about the Warroad sweep and it's not playoff time yet," Hasz said. "The guys know we're in the thick of things. It feels like the section is pretty wide open. And we have a lot of kids that like to play baseball too. They do their best and do well."
    Crookston broke the game open with six runs in the third inning to go up 7-1. With one out, senior Alex Boone walked and sophomore Aaron Hollcraft drew a walk. Edlund then drove them both home with a single. After a Kresl base hit scored Edlund and junior Parker Epema was hit by a pitch, Klatt stung a triple to center scoring two more. Two batters later, Hajostek drove in Klatt with a two-out base hit.
    The Pirates scored four runs in the sixth to ten-run the Gators.
    Crookston is now 7-5 on the season and will host Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in a section game today at 5 p.m.
    "We are getting good timely hits and after facing all the tough pitching we have first ten to 11 games of the year it's starting to really pay off," Hasz said. "We are starting to get good swings on the ball and make good contact. And guys that were struggling are starting to come around. When playoffs come I think we'll be clicking on all cylinders."
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