The Blue Earth Area softball team could not overcome eight first inning runs scored by the defending 2A State Champion New Ulm Eagles last Thursday night in Blue Earth.
After only five innings, the Eagles soared past the Buccaneers 16-0.
New Ulm pitcher Hannah Backer pitched five scoreless innings for the Eagles and only allowed two base runners.
The Eagles had six doubles in the game (three came in the first inning). The visitors added two more runs in the second; three in the third and three more in the top of the fifth inning.
The Buccaneers went down in order in the first three innings. In the top of the fourth inning, Annaliese Klinkner broke up Backer's perfect game with a sharp single up the left side of the infield, giving the Buccaneers their only hit of the game.
The Blue Earth Area softball team continues to find their footing as their season gets started.
The Bucaneers traveled to Maple River on Saturday, April 12, to participate in a tournament where they faced three other teams.
Unfortunately, the Bucs walked away from the tournament with three losses.
"In the three games we played Saturday, we had many shining moments as well as hiccups," coach Abby Bloomquist says. "I was happy to see progress since our game against St. Peter last Thursday."
BEA lost to Rochester Lourdes 12-1, Blooming Prairie 10-1 and Maple River with a score of 10-0.
"The scores don't reflect the talent of our team whatsoever,"?Bloomquist adds. "We very easily could have been a front runner in this tournament, but unfortunately a number of mistakes led to a bit of an unravel."
Rochester 12, BEA?1
The Bucs produced only four hits, which resulted in their only run.
Bethany Olson was 2 for 3 with one double. Annaliese Klinkner was 1 for 2 and Kylie Ahl also managed one hit from her two plate appearances.
Olson pitched the five-inning game. She had one strikeout and had three walks.
Blooming Prairie 10, BEA?1
The Bucs recorded only two hits against Blooming Prairie, which earned the team their sole run.
Bethany Olson was 1 for 2 at bat, hitting one double. Annaliese Klinkner was 0 for 1, but had two walks. Angie Cyphers was 1 for 3.
Cyphers also took the mound for the Bucs, pitching all seven innings. She had six strikeouts and gave up two walks.
Maple River 10, BEA 0
The host of the tournament took on the Bucs on Saturday and left BEA scoreless in the end.
The Bucs managed six hits this game, but unfortunately didn't produce any runs.
Bethany Olson was 2 for 3 at bat, with a double. Caitlyn Holm was 2 for 2 batting and Brianna Ziegler had one hit. Ciarra Olson was 1 for 2, hitting one double and Angie Cyphers also contributed one hit.
Cyphers pitched for the Bucs again, taking all four innings. She had three strikouts, but allowed 13 walks.
After three losses at the tournament, neither the coach nor the girls feel too discouraged.
"We feel this is temporary and just a blip in our season,"?Bloomquist says. "The more these girls play together the better they will be."