Crookston lost both games 13-10 and 10-0.
Crookston could not hold a 7-2 lead against the Warriors in game one, struggled offensively in game two and the Warriors took advantage winning both games in the twin bill.
Sophomore Leyton Salentine started game one for Crookston and possessed a 9-5 lead after pitching through five innings. Salentine struck out 12 Warriors batters, but was forced to leave the game after throwing the allotted pitches for a single game.
“Leyton threw extremely well for us,” Head Coach Mitch Bakken said. “He came out and struck out the side in the first inning and was working all his pitches well. He hit the pitch count limit which was the difference in the game. We were short arms and had to take a kid out that was throwing really well and it ended up hurting us.”
Crookston’s offense broke out in the second inning with five runs and added two more in the fourth and fifth inning.
“We continue to have good approaches at the plate and were finally rewarded with some runs,” Bakken said.
Warroad stayed within striking distance scoring five runs total in the third, fourth and fifth. Then down 9-5 in the bottom of the sixth, the Warriors exploded for eight to take a 13-9 lead.
The Pirates added one more run in the top of the seventh, but got no closer and dropped the first game 13-10.
In game two, Warroad scored early and often. The Warriors led 4-0 after the first inning and piled on more with one in the second and third. After a three spot in the fourth and one in the fifth, Warroad led 10-0 and enforced the mercy rule.
“We didn't have many arms for the second game and I think the kids were ready to get home and it showed getting 10-runned in game two,” Bakken said.
With a record of 2-13, the Pirates will head to Greenbush for a game against Badger-Greenbush-Middle River on Thursday, May 17. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.