Buc softball wins one, loses two
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers softball team got their first win of the season last Tuesday, defeating St. James 5-2 in Blue Earth.
It was also the first conference win for the year.
Maddie McDonald went the distance for the Bucs, striking out seven, walking just two batters and allowing only two hits. She allowed one earned run.
The Buccaneer bats came alive as they tallied seven hits in the game.
Shelby Pearson was the big hitter for BEA, going 2 for 3, both of her hits being doubles. She had three RBIs.
Kirsten Johanson was just 1 for 3, but it was a double.
“We had some big hits, timely hits,” Coach Bob Hanson says. Shelby and Kirsten had back to back doubles in the fifth inning, sparking four runs for us.“
Bridget Moore was 2 for 3, and Alicia Rorman and Cali Rauenhorst were both 1 for 3.
The win puts the Bucs season record at 1-2.
This week they travel to Jackson on Monday, host New Ulm on Tuesday and travel to Fairmont on Thursday.
Belle Plaine 3, BEA 0
The Buccaneer girls softball team suffered their second loss of the young season, when they fell to Belle Plaine 3-0 last Monday night in Blue Earth.
Coach Bob Hanson started eighth-grader Megan Wirtjes who struck out seven batters, walked three, and allowed just four hits.
“Megan pitched good, for her first-ever varsity start,” Hanson says. “She threw a lot of strikes.“
The problem was on offense, where the Bucs only had two hits in the whole game, while striking out seven times.Ashley Campbell was 1 for 3, and Mary Johnson 1 for 2, for BEA’s only hitting.
“We just couldn’t hit the ball,” Hanson says. “We got some runners on base, but couldn’t advance them.
St. Peter 2, BEA 1
The Buccaneer girls softball team lost a heartbreaker on Thursday night in St. Peter. BEA lost to St. Peter 2-1 in 11 innings.
“It was a real pitcher’s duel,” Coach Bob Hanson said. “Maddie McDonald had 16 strikeouts and no walks.”
St. Peter’s pitcher had 17 strikeouts in the long game.
The Bucs got their run in the third inning when Hayley Pirsig came in and scored on a triple by Alicia Rorman.
BEA was still up 1-0 in the sixth when St. Peter scored on a dropped popup fly.
In the 11th they scored the winning run on a play at the plate, where the Saint’s runner hit the ball away.
“We are just not hitting the ball well,” Hanson said. “We had just two hits in the game.”
The Bucs are going to get a lot of action this week. After playing three games in the Maple River tournament on Saturday, they play four days this week.
Monday they are at Jackson, Tuesday they host New Ulm, Thursday they travel to Fairmont, and Friday they will be hosting USC in Blue Earth at the 14th Street ballfield.