Pirates baseball takes St. Paul doubleheader, slips in Knappa

NKN third baseman Eric Loza just misses a tag in the second inning on Tuesday afternoon in Knappa. Citizen photo: Rob Hilson

The Pirates watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 12-1 loss to Knappa on Tuesday. Knappa scored on an error and a walk in the first inning.

    Neah-Kah-Nie struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively containing Knappa, who scored six runs in the second inning. AJ Pieper took the loss for the Pirates. He surrendered nine runs on six hits over one inning.

Josh Elinsky and John Lommen each had a hit for the Pirates. Knappa ran wild on the base paths with six stolen bases, and didn’t commit a single error.

St. Paul doubleheader

A doubleheader against St. Paul this past Friday went much better for Neah-Kah-Nie. The Pirates took the first game 19-15 and the second game 11-10.

Four hits from Josh Longfellow helped lead the Pirates past St. Paul 19-15 in Friday’s first game. Longfellow doubled in the first, hit a grand slam in the first, tripled in the third, and doubled in the fifth.

Neah-Kah-Nie grabbed an early lead, scoring on a single by Lommen, a walk by Loza, a single by Keygan Wagner, and the grand slam by Longfellow in the first inning.

After St. Paul scored a run in the top of the fifth, the Pirates answered with one of their own. St. Paul scored on a solo homer that Neah-Kah-Nie then answered when Longfellow doubled on a 1-0 count, scoring a run.

Wagner pitched the Pirates to victory. He allowed 13 hits and 12 runs over three and two-thirds innings, striking out three. Elinsky and Lommen entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief. Elinsky recorded the last eight outs to earn the save.

The Pirates totaled 19 hits in the game. Longfellow, Lommen, Loza, Kent Pieper, Wagner, and AJ Pieper each collected multiple hits. Longfellow led with four hits in four at bats.

The team tore up the base paths as two players stole at least two bases. Mychal Kelly led the way with two.

The Pirates ran off with the lead late in the second victory over St. Paul. The game was tied at ten with Neah-Kah-Nie batting in the bottom of the fifth when Kent Pieper singled on a 1-0 count and scored a run.

    Neah-Kah-Nie earned the victory despite allowing St. Paul to score six runs in the fourth inning.

AJ Pieper earned the win. He lasted three and two-thirds innings, allowing five hits and eight runs while striking out one. Longfellow and Lommen entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief. Longfellow recorded the last six outs to earn the save.

  Neah-Kah-Nie racked up 11 hits on the day. Kent Pieper, Lommen, and Elinsky each racked up multiple hits. Elinsky, Lommen, and Kent Pieper each collected two hits to lead. Two players stole at least two bases. Lommen led the way with two.

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