Seth Desrosier started for the Pirates and lasted five innings, allowing one earned run on one hit, while striking out nine.
The Pirate baseball team got very good pitching from juniors Seth Desrosier and Joey Koenig but couldn't hold off Bagley as it lost 2-1 Friday at Jim Karn Field in Crookston.
The Crookston bats were mostly quiet with just three hits.
"Hitting has been our major issue," Pirate head coach Mitch Bakken said. "We continue to see improvement each game and with the weather and not being able to play a consistent schedule, it's not time to panic yet, just continue to work on the fundamentals. We need to have more intensity and have a game plan in the first inning. We didn't really see a fire in any of the players until the 6th and 7th inning. We need to start that in the first. I addressed that before the game because I could tell in pregame warm ups. That will be something discussed at practice this week. The Bagley pitcher was working exclusively outside, we knew that in the first inning, we just didn't execute until too late in the game so that is something we will continue to work on."
Desrosier started for Crookston and lasted five innings, allowing one earned run on one hit, while striking out nine. Koenig pitched the final two innings, giving up one earned run on two hits.
"They both pitched extremely well, considering the colder weather," Bakken said. "That makes it tough to control your curveball when you can't get a good grip, but they adjusted and kept hitters off balance, which is what we needed. They also let their defense work for them. I think too many young pitchers go out there and want to strike everyone out, that's where you get in trouble. Our pitchers need to make quality pitches, get the hitters to hit their pitches and let the defense work. If we get a strikeout that is great, we just need to limit the free bases (walks, hit-by-pitch, etc.)."
Jordan Hoiland pitched a complete game for Bagley, allowing one earned run on three hits. He struck out eight.
Bagley got on the board in a run in the fifth and one in sixth.
Crookston responded in the seventh when senior Parker Epema led off with a stand-up triple to right field. Epema would later score but the Pirates couldn't find the tying run after hitting into a double play.
"It was great to see," coach Bakken said. "Like I said, we need that kind of an at-bat and intensity from the first pitch on, not with our backs against the wall. Parker executed the game plan with the pitcher throwing outside pitches and he leads by example, which is what we need as well. He does a very good job of buying in to what the coaches are telling him and he goes out there and tries to execute and he has given the team some great at-bats.
"We had a hiccup on signs that cost us that double play, but again, that is why we need to get runners on so we can find out where we have some issues and address them," Bakken continued.
Lucas Olson and Tyler Godin each had doubles for Bagley.
The Pirates fall to 0-2 on the season. They will host Roseau in a doubleheader Tuesday. The first pitch is set for 4 p.m.
"I think overall, it was a great learning experience for all the players and we will grow from it," said Bakken. "I have also spoken to some other coaches and it sounds like with the goofy schedule, we have seen our first two opponent's aces, which I think will benefit us down the road."