Fueled by a one-hit shutout performance by junior pitcher Drew Dragseth, the Crookston Pirates baseball team soared to a 2-0 victory over the Sacred Heart Eagles Thursday afternoon.
“We played pretty well,” Pirates head coach Mitch Bakken said. “Our approaches at the plate weren’t the greatest but good pitching beats good hitting.”
Dragseth pitched a complete seven innings and gave up just one hit with one walk and eight strikeouts.
“Drew Dragseth threw outstanding,” Bakken said. “A one-hit shutout is impressive at any level.”
Crookston seniors Chris Wavra and Blake Kawlewski each went 2-for-3 at the plate with one double and two runs scored.
“Chris and Blake have been swinging really good bats as of late,” Bakken said. “Blake has been on fire after moving up in the lineup and we will need to keep having great at-bats to be successful.”
Pirate freshman Leyton Salentine went 1-for-2 with a double.
Sacred Heart sophomore Evan Sczepanski picked up the team’s lone hit against Crookston.
Eagles pitcher Noah Chine threw for six innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits, two walks and four strikeouts.
Crookston improves to 4-8 on the season with the win while Sacred Heart falls to 0-8.
The Pirates return to the diamond at 3 p.m. today (Friday) in Fosston against the Fosston Greyhounds.
“Fosston is a very solid team,” Bakken said. “We will need to bring our A-game in order to compete with them. If we do that, it will be a great game and hopefully a great way to cap off a great week of baseball for all the players who are working so hard.”