Softball team notches second win
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers notched a South Central Conference win on Thursday by downing the Fairmont Cardinals 6-2.
The Bucs got a complete game performance from pitcher Maddie McDonald, who allowed four Cardinal hits. She struck out three and allowed no walks.
The Bucs started scoring right away in the game, getting a run in the first inning and adding four more in the second. Their sixth score came in the fourth.
Hayley Pirsig led the Buccaneers in scoring by going 3 for 3 at the plate.
Alicia Rorman used both her bat and her glove to help out the Bucs’ effort.
Rorman was 2 for 3 at the plate, getting three RBI. She also made three outstanding catches in the outfield, preventing potential hits by the Cards.
“Alicia made those three super catches,” Coach Bob Hanson says. “She did an outstanding job for us. All of the girls played very well at defense.”
Hanson called it a complete game. Besides the defensive effort he was pleased that the hitting was coming around.
“We were able to get the ball into play,” he says.
Bridget Moore, Macy Henningsen, Mary Johnson and Mariah Cooke all notched one hit for the Bucs, who totaled nine in the game.
“This was a very good win for us,” Hanson says. “We got a very, very good pitching performance from Maddie, some nice hitting and outstanding defensive play. It was a complete game.”
The Bucs are now 2-1 for the season.
BEA will host Waseca for a rare home game on Tuesday night. They will travel to St. James on Thursday and USC on Friday. BEA 9, NRHEG 5
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer softball team evened their season record at 1-1 with a win at New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva last Monday night.
The Bucs topped the Cardinals 9-5.
Ninth grader Megan Wirtjes went the distance for BEA, walking just one and striking out seven.
“Megan was in control most of the game,” Coach Bob Hanson says. “They only started to hit her in the sixth inning when she began to tire a bit.”
The Buc hurler gave up eight hits. The team also had one error, but it didn’t lead to a run.
Alicia Rorman had two hits and three RBI to lead the Buccaneer nine in hitting. Macy Henningsen also had two hits, with one RBI.
Bridget Moore, Ashleigh Campbell and Mariah Cooke each added a hit for the Bucs.
Julia Meyer and Lindsey Ankeny each had a stolen base to help out the Buc’s effort.
“We hit much better and our pitch selection improved from the first game,” Coach Hanson says. “We struck out five times, but most of them were swinging instead of looking.”
This week the Bucs have their first home game on Tuesday night when they host the Waseca Bluejays.
On Thursday they’ll travel to St. James, and to USC on Friday.