Crookston scored four unanswered runs, but could not rally to prevent their fourth loss.
The Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels scored early and often to gain an 11-0 lead by the sixth inning. Crookston avoided the shutout scoring twice in each of the final two innings, but dropped their fourth consecutive game to open the season.
Senior Jackson Seibel started on the mound for the Pirates (0-4). Seibel pitched four innings allowing six runs, five earned, on six hits and struck out eight. Senior Tim Parr came on in relief to throw the final three innings allowing five runs, four earned, and striking out two.
Despite the surrendered runs, Assistant Coach Justin Johnson thought his starter gave a solid performance.
“It’s all about how you can respond as a pitcher,” Johnson said. “I would say Jackson did a phenomenal job. We’ve got to work on somethings defensively, but outside that, I thought he threw well.”
Sophomore SS Leyton Salentine and Senior RF Cade Salentine and Seibel each recorded an RBI and senior OF Drew Dragseth scored twice.
The Rebels took an early lead in the first inning and doubled their lead in the second. In the third inning, a couple of errors contributed to a three-run inning for the Rebels and a 5-0 lead.
“We just got to clean up our defense,” Johnson said. “These kids have only been outside eight or nine days. When you get on this grass, it acts different that turf. Some of it is being young and some of these kids are still going through the process of learning the game.”
The Rebels tacked on a run in each of the next two innings and then blew the game open with a four-run sixth for an 11-0 lead.
Needing to score twice in the sixth inning to keep playing, the Pirates put together two runs. With runners on the corners and one out, Seibel hit a ball back to the mound. The pitcher turned to throw to second, but a wide throw made everyone safe and a run crossed the plate. Later in the inning, Cade Salentine, hit a blooper down the right field line that landed just fair. One run scored, but the Rebels would get an out at third.
Parr pitched a clean seventh inning and Crookston added two more to their total with an RBI groundout by Leyton Salentine and Dragseth scored on a wild pitch.
DGF recorded the final out for the 11-4 win, but Johnson praised his team’s ability to score at the end.
“To continue to fight is only going to make you stronger as a baseball club,” Johnson said. “Down the stretch, you’re going to need to do that. There’s going to be times where you get down and you’ll need the ability to throw a punch like we did today. It wasn’t a big punch, but it was enough to take their pitcher out and make their number one guy feel a little heat. We’ll build on it and move on.”
Crookston will take the field next on Thursday, April 26 against Fosston at Jim Karn Field. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.