Despite a stellar performance by pitcher Andrew Bell, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers lost a heartbreaker at Waseca on Thursday night.
The Bucs fell 1-0 to the Bluejays in the pitcher's duel.
Bell pitched the complete game and allowed just three hits. He struck out nine and walked three in the six innings he pitched.
The Bluejays one run came in the third inning. After a walk and a Buccaneer error, the Waseca runner crossed the plate on a groundout.
Both the Buccaneer and Bluejay batters were only able to muster three hits apiece. BEA's hits came from Matt Rockers, Brandyn Olsen and Jonah Pirsig.
The heartbreaking loss put the Buccaneer season record at 2-7 overall, and 0-3 in the South Central Conference.
This week the Bucs host St. James on Tuesday, then travel to St. Peter on Friday.
SESM 16, BEA 13
It all came down to the final innings.
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers lost a slugfest, 16-13, to Sleepy Eye St. Mary's on Tuesday in Blue Earth.
The Bucs took off to a commanding 7-0 after the first inning, then both teams were scoreless in the second.
SESM tied it up in their half of the third inning, scoring six runs and making the game a 7-7 tie.
But, the Buccaneers responded with four runs of their own in the bottom of the third, reclaiming the lead and going up 11-7.
Neither team mustered a run in the fourth.
The Knights scored six more
runs in the fifth inning, claiming their first lead of the night at 13-11.
But, the Bucs were not done. They came back and scored two more runs in the their bottom of the sixth to tie the game again at 13-13.
Unfortunately, the Knights came back with three runs in the
seventh, while the Bucs could not score in the bottom of the seventh, and SESM went home with a 16-13 win.
BEA put four pitchers on the mound during the game.
Reid Rasmussen started and pitched 2 1/3 innings. He allowed seven runs on nine hits and walked two.
Dallas Barslou pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed six runs none of them earned on two hits and also walked two.
Jonah Pirsig pitched 2 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on six hits and also walked two.
David Franta came in for just
2/3 of an inning and gave up no runs or hits.
Franta also led the way at the plate for the Bucs, going 3 for 5 including a double.
Pirsig was 2 for 2 and accounted for two RBI. Blaine
Hougen was 2 for 5.
The Bucs were outhit 16-11. Fairmont 7, BEA 3
A late inning spelled doom for the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers last Monday when they hosted the Fairmont Cardinals.
The Bucs scored two runs in the first inning and hung on to that 2-0 lead for the first four innings.
Then, in the fifth inning, the Cardinals plated three more runs in the top half of the column, taking a 3-2 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Buccaneers came right back with a run of their own, when Dallas Barslou crossed the plate.
That tied things up at three a piece.
Unfortunately the Cards came back with four runs in the top of the sixth.
The Bucs couldn't counter in the bottom of the sixth, and neither team mustered a run in the seventh.
That gave Fairmont a 7-3 victory over BEA.
Brandyn Olson pitched 5 1/3 innings for the Bucs, giving up six runs on five hits, striking out three and walking four. Five of the runs were earned.
Barslou came in for 1 2/3 innings, giving up one unearned run with no hits and no strikeouts and issuing one base on balls.
Barslou was also the leader at the plate, going 2 for three and scoring two runs. Jonah Pirsig was also 2 for 3 in the batter's box.
David Franta and Blaine Hougen accounted for BEA's other two hits in the game.
Blooming Prairie 7
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers were able to get one more run across the plate in the seventh inning than their opponents did and eked out a one-run victory over Blooming Prairie on Saturday, April 21, in Blue Earth.
The Bucs won, 8-7.
BEA trailed 2-0 after Blooming Prairie scored in the second inning.
The Bucs came back with a run of their own in the third to cut the margin, but the Awesome Blossoms scored two more in the fourth, putting them up 4-1.
BEA countered with a run in the third. But, the Blossoms scored one in their half of the fifth.
Now trailing 5-2, the Buccaneers mustered three runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game up.
After neither team scored in the sixth, the Blossoms put two runners across the plate in the top of the seventh for a 7-5 lead.
But, the awesome Buccaneers came back and plated three runners of their own in the bottom of the seventh and final inning to claim the exciting 8-7 win.
Andrew Bell went 6 1/3 innings on the mound for the Buccaneers. He gave up all seven runs, six of them earned, on four hits. He struck out six and walked six.
Jonah Pirsig came in for 2/3 of an inning and gave up no hits or walks, striking out one.
Pirsig also had the big bat for the Buccaneers, going 3 for 4 at the plate and scoring twice.
David Franta was 2 for 4 at the plate, as was Brandyn Olsen.
BEA out hit Blooming Prairie 10-4 in the game.
Next up for the Buccaneers this week is a home game against St. James on Tuesday and one in St. Peter on Friday.