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Softball team shutout, 4-0

By Staff | Apr 24, 2010

Shortstop Mariah Cooke snags a high throw for a force out at second

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls softball team was shutout in their home opener last Tuesday night, falling to the Waseca Bluejays 4-0.

The Bucs came up with only one hit, a single by Alicia Rorman.

“Kathy DeVos (Waseca pitcher) is one of the premier pitchers in the conference,” Buc coach Bob Hanson says. “We couldn’t generate any hits against her.”

Otherwise, Hanson says, it was a pretty good game for the Bucs.

Maddie McDonald went the distance for the Bucs, striking out two Bluejays and only giving up one walk. The ‘Jays had seven hits to get their four runs, although one was unearned, coming after one of the two Buc errors.

Second baseman Shelby Pearson gobbles up a grounder.

Waseca pitcher DeVos struck out seven Buc batters in the game, and issued one walk.

“It was a very quick game,” Hanson says, “only a little over an hour. Both pitchers got the batters to hit the ball on the ground quickly.”

The loss dropped the Bucs’ season record to 3-4.

This week the Bucs host Jackson County Central on Monday night, then turn around and host the Saints from St. Peter the next night. On Thursday they travel to New Ulm.

BEA goes 1-2

The girls softball team came up with 24 hits in their three games at the Maple River tournament, but had to settle with a 1-2 record.

“We had some good pitching and good hitting, but our inability to field the ball hurt us,” Coach Bob Hanson says. “And poor defense is uncharacteristic of this team, I thought we were good defensively.”

The Buccaneers lost 4-2 to Lester Prairie-Holy Trinity, then lost 8-6 to Le Sueur-Henderson. In the third game on Saturday, April 17, the Bucs defeated Dover-Eyota 9-8.

Holy Trinity 4, BEA 2

In the first game, Maddie McDonald went the distance on the mound for the Bucs. She struck out eight and only issued one walk, but gave up 10 hits.

BEA got six hits of their own, with Hayley Pirsig leading the way, going 2 for 3 at the plate. Mariah Cooke, Mary Johnson, Shelby Pearson and Ashleigh Campbell each added a hit as well.

“The tale of this game was that we left the bases loaded twice in this game,” Hanson says. “We just didn’t get that timely hit.”

LSH 8, BEA 6

Six errors killed the Bucs chances for a victory against the Giants in the second game.

McDonald pitched for 3 2/3 innings before being relieved by Megan Wirtjes. The two combined for five strike outs and four walks.

Alicia Rorman led the hitting going 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Pearson was 3 for 4, while Campbell was 1 for 4 and two RBI. Cooke and Bridget Moore also added a hit for BEA.

BEA 9, Dover-Eyota 8

The Buccaneers got their nine runs on 10 hits, but also had seven errors in the game.

“We had to come back to win this game,” Buc mentor Hanson says. “We were down 7-6 but scored three runs in the seventh inning.

Macy Henningsen had a big day at the plate, hitting a triple and two 2-run home runs.

“She hit the ball really, really well,” Hanson says. “These were big hits, traveling a long ways.

Campbell was 3 for 4 at the plate with two RBI to help the effort.

Rorman, Moore, Pear-son and Julia Meyer all added a hit for BEA also.

The Bucs evened their season record at 3-3.