One bad inning.
That was the difference in the game when the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers baseball team hosted the St. James Saints on Tuesday night.
BEA lost 11-4 to St. James.
After a scoreless first three innings, the fourth proved to be disastrous for the Buccaneers.
The Saints were able to plate eight runs in the fourth inning, for a commanding lead. And, the runs all came in after two outs had been recorded and a chance at the third out was missed.
BEA came in with a run of their own in their half of the fourth inning, then plated two more in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 8-3.
Both teams were able to add a single run in the sixth to up the score to 9-4.
But, it was the Saints who score two insurance runs in the seventh inning, while the Bucs were unable to score in their final at bat.
Buc pitcher Brandyn Olsen took the loss, going 3 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on two hits. He struck out six and walked six.
Jonah Pirsig came in for 3 2/3 innings and gave up six runs on eight hits. He struck out five and walked two.
Pirsig also knocked out a solo home run in the fourth inning for the Bucs first run of the game.
David Franta and Carter Hanson both excelled at the plate, each going 2 for 3. Franta nailed a double for one of his hits.
Blaine Hougen, Matt Rockers and Zac Bartlett also had hits for the Buccaneers.
The Bucs, now with a 2-9 overall record, host New Ulm on Tuesday and travel to Fairmont on Thursday this week.
MCW 11, BEA 10
Close, but no cigar.
A huge seventh inning rally by the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer baseball team fell just one run short on Friday, April 27, in Welcome.
The Bucs fell 11-10 to the host Martin County West Mavericks.
After a scoreless first inning, the Bucs scored a run in the second and three in the top half of the third, for a 4-0 lead.
The Mavericks plated five in their bottom half of the third to claim a 5-4 lead.
And, while the Buccaneers went scoreless in the fourth, the Mavericks came up with five more runs for a commanding 10-4 lead. They added one more in the fifth to go up 11-4.
The Blue Earth Area nine were not done, however.
The Bucs managed one run in the sixth inning, then exploded for five in the seventh to get back within one at 11-10. That burst included a two RBI double by Jonah Pirsig.
But, the rally fell short, by just one run to tie or two to go ahead.
Blaine Hougen led the team at the plate going 2 for 3. Dallas Barslou, Carter Hanson and Brandyn Olsen all were 2 for 5 hitting for the Bucs.
The Bucs pounded out 11 hits in all.
Carter Hanson pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up 10 runs on seven hits.
David Franta came in and pitched 3 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on two hits, striking out three and walking two.