Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Prep baseball: Pirates plagued by errors in losses to Prowlers

  • Crookston committed a combined seven errors in two games.
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  • The Pirate baseball team was swept in a doubleheader Friday with Thief River Falls Friday with the Prowlers winning 8-0 and 9-4 in Thief River Falls, Minn. The games were initially postponed due to rain then later called back on.
    Crookston committed a combined seven errors in two games.
    "Errors cost us again," Pirate head coach Mitch Bakken said. "The games should not have been played as there was standing water in the outfield and the infield was completely saturated. Everyone is struggling to get games and this week doesn't look much better weather-wise but we need to make sure the players are safe and luckily nobody got injured.
    "Pitching was pretty solid again and I thought we had very good at-bats," Bakken continued. "We were hitting hard ground balls and line drives but right now we are still hitting them right at the defense. Those will start falling and getting through at some point so we just have to be patient."
    In game one, Turner Storm pitched a complete-game shutout for the Prowlers, allowing three hits and one walk, while striking out eight. Pirate junior Seth Desrosier pitched four innings, allowing five earned runs, six total, on eight hits and one walk. Senior Parker Epema pitched two innings, allowing no earned runs, two total, on two hits and one walk. Desrosier was 2-of-3 at the plate with a double.
    In game two, the Prowlers jumped out to an 8-0 lead after three innings and never looked back. Pirate junior Aaron Hollcraft started and pitched two innings, allowing three earned runs, five total, on two hits and two walks. Epema pitched two innings, allowing two earned runs, three total. Junior Joey Koenig threw two innings of shutout baseball to finish the game.
    Koenig was 2-of-3 at the plate with two RBI. Hollcraft and Epema each had doubles and an RBI.
    Crookston drops to 2-6 on the season and will travel to Warroad, Minn. Tuesday for a doubleheader.
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