Bucs win, lose to Saints
Garrett Anderson and Taylor Owen combined to pitch a one hit shut-out last Tuesday night in St. James. The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers blasted past the St. James Saints 12-0.
Anderson pitched six scoreless innings, giving up the one hit. He fanned 13 batters, while walking only two. Owen came in for one inning of relief.
The Bucs fire power came from the whole team as seven players got at least one hit.
Mat Willner went 2 for 4 at the plate, with both his hits being home runs; one in the first inning and one in the second. He accounted for four RBIs.
Anderson, Dalton Hurn, and Clint Nienhaus also each had two hits. Collin Nienhaus, Joe Franta and Josh Amundson each added a hit apiece, bringing the Bucs’ total to 11 on the night.
Collin Nienhaus had two RBIs, and also scored four of the Bucs’ runs. He got on base three times with walks, eventually scoring each time.
The win moves BEA to a 2-1 record so far this season.
St. Peter 12, BEA 7
The bats were hot for both teams as Blue Earth Area and St. Peter combined for 23 hits in their game in Blue Earth Thursday night.
The Bucs were out hit 14-9, and unfortunately the score reflected the same, only two numbers lower – 12-7.
It was a 1-1 tie after the first inning, when the Saints proceeded to break the game open, scoring four runs in the second. They came with two outs in the inning. Two of the runs were on a home run.
The Bucs’ Mat Willner answered with a 3-run homer of his own in the second, and BEA caught up to within one at 5-4.
St. Peter increased the score to 7-4 in the fourth and 9-4 in their half of the fifth.
BEA came back with a couple of runs in their half of the fifth, and made it close at 9-6. Their two scores came on long sacrifice flys to center field.
In the sixth the Bucs fell behind 11-7, and for the second time in the game they left the bases loaded at the end of the inning.
St. Peter added one more run in the seventh to make the final score 12-7.
Corey Liebl and freshman Jonah Pirsig were the two pitchers for BEA. Liebl gave up seven runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings. Pirsig gave up five runs on eight hits. Three runs were earned.
Willner was 3 for 5 hitting, while Garrett Anderson was 2 for 3. Pirsig was 1 for 2 with an RBI, Dalton Hurn and Clint Nienhaus were both 1 for 3. Hurn scored two of the runs for the Bucs, while Nienhaus had an RBI.
The loss evened the season record for the Bucs at 2-2.
BEA has a busy week with a game Tuesday at New Ulm, a home game Thursday against Fairmont, and a game on Friday at USC.