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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Pirates roll into Region 13C semifinals

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After a disappointing game two loss Saturday, the Windom Pirates rebounded in dominant fashion Sunday, defeating the Pipestone A’s 12-1 in the Region 13C Playoffs at Island Park.

With the win, the Pirates claimed the best-of-three series 2-1 and advance to the semifinals of the regional tournament.

Pirate pitcher Luke Gilbertson had Pipestone guessing the entire game, as the A’s had 11 pop-up outs against Gilbertson. Gilbertson finished the game allowing just four hits and striking out two in the complete-game victory.

Offensively, the Pirates gave Gilbertson all the help he’d need in the bottom of the first inning. Alex Fink blasted an RBI double, Gilbertson drove in a run with a fielder’s choice and Conner Redman hit an RBI single for a 3-0 lead.

In the third, the Pirates scored two runs on an error and Nick Christensen drew a bases-loaded walk for a 6-0 lead.

Windom padded the lead in the fourth. Noah Kloss hit an RBI single, Kobe Lovell belted an RBI triple, Gilbertson drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Christensen drew a bases-loaded walk, giving the Pirates a 10-0 lead.

Windom’s final two runs came in the fifth. Gilbertson and Joel Riordan each hit RBI singles.

Lovell finished with three hits in the win. Fink, Kloss, Redman, Kyle Espenson and Riordan had two hits each, as the Pirates hammered out 15 hits in the game.

Windom will now face the third-seeded Milroy Irish in the Region 13C semifinals. Game one of that series will be played Wednesday at Island Park, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Game two is Friday at Irish Yard, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Game three, if necessary, will be Sunday at Island Park, beginning at 2 p.m.

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