The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer baseball team lost a heartbreaker Monday night in Northrup.
After leading for much of the game, BEA lost by one run, 9-8, to Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley- East Chain/Truman.
The Bucs started the game by getting two runs across the plate in the first inning.
Lead-off batter David Franta and Blaine Hougen both scored.
Franta had an exceptional night at the plate, going 3 for 5 with all three of his hits being doubles.
The Bucs added another run in the second inning, going up 3-0.
But, the Knights came back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the second, cutting the Bucs' lead to one.
BEA scored two more in the third, with Dallas Barslou and Zac Bartlett both crossing home plate for runs. Barslou hit a solo home run for the Bucs' score.
BEA's 5-2 lead lasted through the bottom of the third when they held their opponents scoreless.
ML/GHEC/Truman tied the game in their half of the fourth, when BEA failed to score in the top half of the inning.
The Bucs broke the 5-5 tie in the top of the fifth with Christian Haugh coming in for a run after getting an infield hit. He was advanced by a Franta double.
BEA's slim lead was short-lived, however, with ML/GHEC/Truman bringing in three runs in the bottom of the fifth.
They added another in the sixth inning, to take a 9-6 lead.
The Bucs scored two runs in the top of the seventh to get back to within one at 9-8, but could not muster another run. Hougen and Carter Hanson crossed the plate for BEA.
Brandyn Olsen pitched four innings for the Buccaneers, giving up five runs all of them earned on seven hits. He struck out five and walked two.
Jonah Pirsig came in to pitch one inning and gave up three runs, one earned, on two hits. He struck out two and walked two.
Andrew Bell pitched the final inning for BEA, giving up one earned run on two hits. He struck out one and walked one.
The Bucs out-hit their opponents 12-11.
Besides Franta, the Bucs were led at the plate by Hougen who was 2 for 2 and Bartlett who was 2 for 3.
This week the Bucs host Sleepy Eye St. Marys on Tuesday, then travel to Waseca on Thursday and Martin County West on Friday.