Bucs baseball team picks up three wins
A strong pitching performance and weak St. James relief pitching were the ingredients for a 9-0 Blue Earth Area conference win over the Saints Thursday in Blue Earth.
Bucs ace right-hander Garrett Anderson allowed only two hits and no runs in six innings. He struck out 12 and walked five.
Josh Amundson worked the final inning, striking out two and giving up two walks.
With the win, BEA improves to 5-1 overall for the season and 2-1 in the South Central Conference.
For three innings it was a pitchers’ duel.
Saints starter Bryant Schmitz gave up only three hits before being taken out of the game for reliever Joe Hager.
BEA broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning.
The Bucs used three walks, an error and a base hit from Josh Amundson to take a 2-0 lead.
St. James changed pitchers again, bringing in Matt Westman.
The Saints right-hander was able to get two force outs and a strikeout, but BEA pushed across two more runs to make the score 4-0.
The Saints pitching woes continued in the sixth.
Joe Franta led off with a single and scored on a throwing error by the St. James shortstop on Brady Anderson’s grounder.
Dalton Hurn followed with a double to left field, putting runners on second and third.
Amundson walked to load the bases for Garrett Anderson, who drove in a run with a single to left to give his team a 6-0 lead. With the bases still loaded, Jonah Pirsig walked to plate another run.
Pinch hitter Brady Bleess then delivered a two-run scoring single to left to increase the home team’s lead to 9-0.
BEA had nine hits and did not have any errors.
Amundson and Franta both were 2 for 3, with Amundson having an RBI. Franta also scored a run.
Hurn had a double, while Bleess had one hit and two RBI.
Garrett Anderson also chipped in two RBI.
BEA 4, Waseca 3
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers had to come-from-behind to pull out a 4-3 win over Waseca last Tuesday night.
BEA fell behind 3-0 after three innings of play. But, the Bucs scored two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to pull out the win.Taylor Owen was the winning pitcher for the Bucs, going five innings. He gave up the three Bluejay runs on five hits, while striking out six and walking six.
Owen also led the way for BEA at the plate, going 2 for 3. Both of his hits were doubles and accounted for three of BEA’s four RBI.
Josh Amundson, Jared Smith and Joe Franta got the Bucs other hits, which totalled five.
Blooming Prairie 6
The Bucs fell behind early against Blooming Prairie, but pulled out the win when they scored two runs in the sixth inning.
The Blossoms were up 4-1 after two innings. However, the Bucs got three runs across in the third to tie the game.
BEA scored one run each in the fourth and fifth innings, while Blooming Prairie scored just one. That put the Bucs ahead by one.
The Buccaneer nine got two more insurance runs in the sixth. The Blossoms could only manage one in their half of the sixth, making the final 8-6 in favor of BEA.
Brady Anderson pitched the first four innings, giving up four runs on three hits. He struck out two and walked four.
Connor Hanson got the win, coming in to pitch 2 1/3 innings. He gave up two runs on four hits, struck out four and walked one.
Taylor Owen got the save with 2/3 of an inning. He notched one strikeout.
Collin Nienhaus and Garrett Anderson had the big bats for the Bucs, each going 3 for 4 at the plate. BEA had 11 hits in the game.