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Softball team drops two games

By Staff | May 8, 2010

Megan Wirtjes fires in a pitch to a Fairmont batter in Tuesday’s game in Blue Earth

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer softball team’s bats fell silent against the Fairmont Cardinals last Tuesday, resulting in a 9-2 loss on the Bucs’ home field.

With storm clouds in the sky and a strong wind blowing in from the outfield, BEA managed only one hit, coming from Bridget Moore in the first inning.

Meanwhile, the Cards got 10 hits off BEA pitchers.

“We only struck out two times,” Coach Bob Hanson says. “We connected with the ball many times, but seemed to line drive to an infielder.”

Hanson says injuries have not helped the Bucs’ cause. They had previously lost Shelby Pearson to a broken ankle in an earlier game.

Bridget Moore and Alicia Rorman both go after a ball hit to the deep outfield.

Then last Friday, in practice, leading Buccaneer hitter and first baseman Macie Henningsen dislocated her knee.

“We are waiting for an MRI report to see if we have lost her for the season, too,” Hanson says.

Meanwhile, Julia Meyer has stepped in for Pearson at second base, and freshman Whitney Pirsig is at the first base spot for Henningsen.

“They are both doing a fine job of stepping in and adjusting to the position,” Hanson says.

What is also needed, he adds, is someone to step up in the batters box and get some much needed hits for the Bucs.

For two games in a row, the Bucs only mustered a single hit.

Against Fairmont, the game was still in a scoreless tie after three innings. Then, Fairmont unloaded on the ball in the fourth. “They got six hits in the inning and scored five runs and that made the difference,” Hanson says. “They just really hit the ball well, a lot of line drives to the outfield.”

The loss dropped the Bucs’ record to 4-8 overall, 2-4 in the South Central Conference.

This week the Bucs will travel to St. James to take on the Saints on Tuesday, then host the St. Peter Saints on Friday.

Saturday the team will travel to Jackson and play three games in the JCC tourney.

New Ulm 4, BEA 0

On Thursday, April 29, the Buccaneer nine traveled to New Ulm and lost 4-0 to the Eagles.

The Eagles had 10 hits to the Bucs one. BEA had two errors, and New Ulm none.

“We played very well defensively,” Coach Hanson says. “We just didn’t hit the ball.”

In the third inning, with a scoreless tie, New Ulm got a base hit followed by a triple to left center field. They scored two runs in that inning.

In the fifth, the Eagles got two more runs after a walk and two singles.

Maddie McDonald was the pitcher for the Bucs, giving up the four runs on 10 hits, striking out four and walking two.