Bucs win once, lose twice
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer softball team lost a heartbreaker to the St. James Saints in a game last Tuesday in Blue Earth.
The Bucs scored one run in the first inning and held on to that slim lead through the next five innings.
Then, in the bottom of the seventh inning, St. James loaded the bases, with two outs.
A bloop pop up by the Saints was dropped by the Bucs, and two runs scored, giving St. Peter a come-from-behind 2-1 win.
“It was a real heartbreaker,” says Coach Bob Hanson. “It was a well played game except for the very end.”
Losing at the very end of the game was not the only headache for the Bucs. They also lost a key player.
Senior second baseman Shelby Pearson caught her foot on the second base bag and broke her ankle.
“Losing Shelby is a blow,” says Hanson. “She has been one of our consistent players and hitters.”
Pearson had one of the Bucs four hits. Maddie McDonald and Macie Henningsen also had singles, while Hayley Pirsig rapped out a double.
McDonald pitched for the Bucs, giving up two runs on five hits, striking out six and walking two.
The Saints are number one in the conference and undefeated. Their ace pitcher struck out 13 Buc batters on Tuesday.
BEA’s overall season record goes to 4-6 and 2-2 in the South Central Conference.
The Bucs hosts Fairmont on Tuesday.
USC 5, BEA 2
The Bucs fell 5-2 to the USC Rebels on Friday, April 23 in Wells.
“This was a pretty good game played in terrible weather,” Buc mentor Bob Hanson says.
The Buccaneers were down 2-0 early, but battled back and scored two runs to tie it up 2-2 in the fifth inning.
In the sixth inning the Bucs loaded the bases with only one out and were unable to score.
In the bottom of the sixth, an error on the Bucs enables three Rebel players to score.
USC had seven hits. BEA had eight hits, all coming from eight different players.
Macie Henningsen’s one hit was a double, scoring both of BEA’s runs.
Megan Wirtjes pitched five innings for BEA, while McDonald came in for two innings of relief. The two combined for two strike outs and two walks.
“It just goes back to our inability to score runs, even with the bases loaded,” Hanson says.
BEA 8, St. James 1
On Thursday, April 22, the Bucs traveled to St. James and came home with a big 8-1 victory.
“We hit the ball well in this game,” Coach Hanson says. “We had 14 hits and also played good defense.”
Alicia Rorman, Shelby Pearson, Macie Henningsen, Ashleigh Campbell and Hayley Pirsig all were 2 for 4 at the plate.
Henningsen hit a two run triple, while Pirsig also had two RBI.
Maddie McDonald went the distance for BEA. She gave up six hits, struck out seven, and walked two.