On To State! Pirate’s Continue to Roll in the Post-Season

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 RD 1 of Districts in Reinbeck vs GMG, Wolverines (11-14)

Hudson started off postseason play with GMG.  This game took place in Reinbeck, as the Rebels would play host for half of the first round districts.  GMG jumped in front with a to a 2-0 score, which they would hold and add to in the top of the 5th.  The Pirates were the home team as the #4 seed in their district.  The bottom of the 5th would see the Pirates trailing 3-0.  During that bottom half, the Pirates would manage to knot the score at 3 but GMG would battle back in the 6th inning.  The Wolverines of GMG would put 3 more big runs on the board in the 6th making the defense of the Pirates look sluggish.  Al Hageman would connect with a HUGE three-run bomb to tie the score again.  CJ Christopher and Jon Colsch would find a way on during the 6th as well.  Dylan Petersen would put the Pirates up 7-6, scoring Christopher.  Petersen would begin a delayed steal from first and a heads up and very speedy Colsch would take advantage and score safely taking home.  The Pirates would end the 6th with a confident 8-6 lead.  GMG would not go down without a fight as they put 2 more on the board in the top of the 7th.  The mighty

 Pirate offense would dig deep and avoid elimination in the bottom half of the 7th.  David Richards would get on base and be bunted over to second by Andrew Oleson.  Then with a Murray single to right, David Richards scores for the win.   The Pirates would compile 15 hits with Jacob Murray going 3-3 and Al Hageman 3-4 on the day.  Hudson would stand behind pitching from Al Hageman, Jacob Myers, and CJ Christopher (W).

Final score Hudson 9, GMG 8

Thursday, July 13, 2017 RD 2 of Districts in Traer vs Don Bosco, Don’s (27-5)

The Pirates would certainly play the underdog going into the game vs Don Bosco.  However, it would be the Pirates who strike first once, in the 3rd and again in the 4th.  The Don’s would battle quickly and score two of their own in the bottom of the 4th.  Again, the game would be all tied up moving into the 5th.  The big inning for the Pirates would place 3 big runs on the board.  Dylan Petersen would have a clutch single in the hole scoring Alex Hageman.  Jon Colsch would advance to third and Petersen would eventually steal second base.  With Colsch on third, Petersen on second, and Andrew Mohr on first, Tannor Wulf would step in to hit.  Wulf, the pitcher, helped himself with a two run single that would end up being the deciding factor of this game.  Wulf had only one previous pitching start in High School and that was in a JV start a little over a year ago.  The Pirates would take a 5-2 lead holding the Don’s to only one more run in the last portion of the contest.  Hudson’s confidence continued to grow in a game they never trailed in.  The Pirate offense was heating up in this game led by an outstanding 3-4 performance at the plate by Jacob Myers and Holden Caloud’s defensive effort with a diving stop that potentially saved a run or two late in the ballgame.  The Pirate pitchers were Tannor Wulf (W) and Jacob Murray (S).

Final score Hudson 5, Don Bosco 3

Sat., July 15, 2017 District Finals in Traer vs Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Rebels (15-8)

The district finals would be a showdown of the NICL east vs west with a chance to move forward to play in the sub state finals.  The pitchers dual would be snapped in the 4th inning, as both teams would be able to put 2 runs on the board.  Then the defenses for both squads would look extremely sharp holding each other to minimal base runners until the magical 7th for the Pirates.  During the top of the 7th inning, the Pirates would send Jon Colsch to the plate first.  Colsch struck out on a ball that got by the catcher and moved to first base safely.  With the speedster Colsch on first, Dylan Petersen comes up to lay down the sacrifice.  Rather than it being a sac, Petersen ends up turning it into a hit and now the Pirates are on the horizon and looking to capitalize on their fortune.  With runners on first and second, Myers comes up big with a sacrifice moving Petersen to second and Colsch to third.  Now with runners in scoring position, Andrew Mohr puts the ball into right field deep enough for Colsch to score on the sac fly, which will be the determining run for the district finals.  C.J. Christopher threw an absolute gem of a ball game striking out 4 and only walking one throwing the complete game.  The Pirates never trailed in this game and offensively put the ball in play when they needed to and ran each count at bat up on the Rebel’s pitching staff.  Hageman had two of the Pirates hits while Petersen and Colsch had the other two for the team.  The Pirate defense was spotless and showed that they were ready for sub state play.  The only Pirate pitcher in this game was C.J. Christopher (W).

 

Final score Hudson 3, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 2

Tues., July 18, 2017 Sub state finals in Waverly vs Kee High, Kee-Hawk (25-10)

Known as the perennial powerhouse, the Kee-Hawks would face off with the Pirates at Hertel Field in Waverly for the sub state finals and a birth at the state baseball tournament.  The pitching match up would be between Hudson’s Sophomore Jacob Myers and Senior Clay Olson of Kee High.  Olson had a season record of 8-1 as a pitcher but the Pirate offense was looking forward to another challenging night at the plate.  Myers did an outstanding job of minimizing the heavy bats of the Kee-Hawks holding them to only two runs through the first 3 2/3 innings played.  However, the Pirates would trail for the first time since the 6th inning of round one in districts.  Being down 2-0 was not really that big of a deal to the hot bats of the Pirates.  The score would be evened in the top of the 4th with a pair scored by Hudson.  Going into the 5th, the Pirates would put three on the board but to only have it blanked by three more by Kee High.  Now, the 6th inning proved to be where the Pirates would come alive following some inspiring and motivating words from Head Coach Joe Bahnsen just before the Pirate’s turn to hit in their half.  The big 6th began with a Dylan Petersen walk.  Ben Kelly would pinch run for Petersen and be moved to second on a Jacob Myers single.  With runners on first and second, Andrew Mohr lays down a very nice bunt that traveled a little too fast on the short turf infield.  Kelly was thrown out at third but runners were still on first and second.  David Richards would be put in to pinch hit and came up big with a RBI single.  Holden Caloud would walk loading the bases.  Reese Larson was put in to pinch run for Andrew Mohr in this very active 6th.  Jacob Murray came to the plate and singled in two runs plus moved the State Track qualifying runner Holden Caloud over to third base allowing Murray to move into scoring position at second base on the Kee-Hawk failed attempt to throw out Caloud.  With only one out, Al Hageman drove in Caloud from third with a sac fly.  Christopher would have a chance to bat and would do additional damage driving in Murray with a single to center.  The Pirates proved that their bats were awake doubling their score that inning and feeling very good about a potential state birth leading 10-5 going into the bottom of the 7th.  Kee High made an honest effort and scored one but the resilient Pirates were just too much.  It is on to state for only the fourth time in school history and the first time in 15 years for Hudson Pirate Baseball!

Final score Hudson 10, Kee High 6

Saturday, July 22, The Pirates will face Martensdale-St. Mary’s (Blue Devils) at 11:00 am at Principal Park, Des Moines, IA. 

“During this season, we have really stressed just playing ‘our baseball’.  I mean if we play relaxed, comfortable, and confident we have the tools to beat anyone out there.  When things get tough, I tell them to take a deep breath and we will be just fine.” – Head Coach Joe Bahnsen

Varsity Roster:

#2 C.J. Christopher                            #3 Tannor Wulf                    #5 Andrew Mohr

#6 Trey Jochumsen                          #7 David Richards                #8 Jon Colsch

#11 Alex Hageman                           #12 Jacob Murray                 #13 Andrew Oleson

#14 Reese Larson                             #16 Drew Stanfield               #18 Holden Caloud

#20 Ben Kelly                                    #21 Jacob Myers                   #23 Dylan Petersen

#24 Izik Rodriguez                            #30 Jacob Wiersma

Head Coach Joe Bahnsen
Assistant Coach Chad Bergmeier

 

– Submitted by Coach Chad Bergmeier