Buc baseball team wins one, loses two in section play
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer baseball team’s season came to an end last week after their third game in the Class 3AA Section Baseball Tournament.
The tourney was a double elimination format, meaning each team had to lose twice to be eliminated.
The Bucs faced Fairmont first, on Saturday, May 24, and lost by a 3-1 score. That same day they played St. James, and won 9-2 to advance.
Then on Tuesday, May 27, they played Luverne and were defeated 11-1 for their second loss.
The Bucs final season record was 10-11.
Bucs lose to Fairmont
In their first game in the sections, the Bucs got a full game from pitcher Gabe Sturtz.
Sturtz scattered the three Cardinal runs, with one in the first, one in the fourth and one in the sixth. He allowed just five hits and struck out nine batters, walking just two.
But the Bucs couldn’t muster a lot of hits against Cardinal pitcher Martin Tow. He allowed just five hits and one run, and struck out seven BEA batters.
Garrett Anderson was the leader for the Bucs, going 2 for 3. Sturtz, Blake Anderson and Garrett Mensing got the other hits for BEA.
The final was a 3-1 loss that put the Bucs up against St. James, who had just lost to New Ulm.
Bucs down St. James
In the second game of the day for the Bucs, playing in New Ulm, they got both good pitching and hitting and defeated St. James 9-2.
Garrett Anderson pitched five very strong innings. He allowed one run on no hits, and struck out 12 batters, walking five.
Cory Liebl came in for two innings of relief and allowed a run on three hits and struck out one and walked one.
The Bucs got their nine runs on just five hits.
Sturtz had the hot bat in this game and went 3 for 3. Jake Lee was 2 for 3 to add to the firepower.
BEA led 1-0 after the second inning and 4-1 after three and 7-1 after four. St. James got one run in the third and one at the end of the game.
Bucs fall to Luverne
The Bucs advanced to the next round last Tuesday, in a game played in Windom. They faced the Luverne Cardinals and lost 11-1.
The Bucs got their only run right away in the first inning.
Leadoff batter Gabe Sturtz got a base on balls. He advanced after a hit by John Franta, and then a sacrifice bunt by Jake Lee. An RBI out by Mat Willner got Sturtz across the plate.
After that, the Cardinal pitchers shut down the Bucs. Franta’s first inning hit was to be their only one of the game.
The Bucs stayed ahead for three innings, and the game was tied at 1-1 after four innings.
Then Luverne exploded for four runs in the fifth and sixth innings both, and two more in the seventh.
Blake Anderson took the loss for the Bucs. He pitched four and two thirds innings and gave up five runs on five hits and struck out four.
Gabe Sturtz came in for two and a third innings of relief and gave up six runs on four hits and struck out two.