The Blue Earth Area softball team may not have won, but it was a relief to have the first game of the season out of the way.
The Buccaneers faced up against St. Peter on Thursday night which ended in a 10-run defeat.
The Saints ended the game in just five innings, with a final score of 10-0.
"The first game of the season is over, and as a coach that always allows you to let out a sigh of relief," coach Abby Bloomquist says.
Athletes usually get first-game jitters and according to the Buc coach, this game was no different.
"I feel we had even more of that due to the fact that, for six of our players, it was their first time stepping foot on a varsity field," she says.
Sophomore Angie Cyphers was one of them, taking the mound for the maroon and gold for all five innings. Cyphers faced 21 batters, allowing nine hits and five bases on balls, and had five strikeouts. She also took time at bat herself, taking two turns in the batting order, but wasn't able to produce any hits.
Senior Ciarra Olson was one for two, with a double. Her teammate Audrey McDonald also had one hit with two plate appearances.
"This matchup offered many learning opportunities," Bloomquist adds. "We need to be more aggressive in the box and not let so many good pitches go by."
Aside from the two seniors, the batting lineup included Bethany Olson, Caitlyn Holm, Annaliese Klinkner, Kylie Ahl, Sydney Henningsen, Makenzie Slette and Cyphers who all had two at bat but produced zero hits.
"Despite the fact that we have areas of improvement, there were definitely some shining moments as well," Bloomquist says.
With a few impressive defensive plays, a fantastic throw down by Ahl stands out the most, according to the coach.
"We're excited to work out some kinks in practice and get back on the field," the Buc coach adds.
So, with one game under their belt, the softball team can tally one South Central Conference loss and move on. Their next match up is a tournament in Maple River which was held on Saturday, after the Faribault County Register's deadline. Details will be featured in next week's issue of the Register.
"We'll need to keep our intensity up," Bloomquist says. "We made a couple mental mistakes that cost us our game against St. Peter."