Pirates now 2-2 on season.
The Crookston baseball team split a doubleheader matchup with the Thief River Falls Prowlers Monday at Jim Karn Field.
“I thought we played pretty well against TRF,” Pirates head coach Mitch Bakken said. “We really need to focus on routine defensive plays as those cost us some runs.”
Fueled by a stellar performance on the mound by junior Drew Dragseth, the Pirates pulled out a 4-2 win in game one.
Dragseth pitched seven innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits and one walk with five strikeouts.
“Drew’s performance was outstanding,” Bakken said. “I told him that was one of the best pitching performances I had seen from a Pirate pitcher since I had been coaching. He and Alex worked great together and kept hitters off balance and they did just an all around great job.”
Chris Wavra and Tanner Reinhart went 2-for-3 at the plate, each scoring one run and Wavra picking up one RBI.
Thief River Falls wrote a different story for game two.
Fueled by a five-run first inning, the Prowlers cruised to an 8-1 victory over the Pirates.
“The second game TRF wanted it more than we did,” Bakken said.”We had one win and I think some of the players were OK with that. That can’t happen again. The season is too short to be satisfied with .500 and so we need to make some adjustments on our mental toughness.”
Brady Anderson led TRF by going 3-for-5 at the plate with two doubles, one triple, two runs scored and one RBI.
Reinhart, Dragseth and Alex LaFrance each went 2-for-4.
Crookston is now 2-2 on the season.
The Pirates return to action at 4:30 p.m. today (Tuesday) on the road to take on Red Lake Falls.
“Today we will try to get some more guys playing time,” Bakken said. “We have some arms that need to throw so we may be pitching by committee. Red Lake Falls will have a solid team as they always do.
“If we show up like we did in game one against TRF, we could have the same result. If we show up like we did in game two, we will have the same result.”