Buc girls go 3-4 last week
The New Ulm Eagles softball team showed why they have a 16-1 record and are 10-0 in the South Central Conference.
They blasted the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers 17-2 last Thursday at the Bucs’ home field.
New Ulm got two runs across in the top of the first inning with two big hits that bounced off the outfield fence.
The Buccaneers, however, came right back in the bottom of the first and tied the game with two runs of their own.
From there, it got ugly.
The Eagles outhit the Bucs 18 to three. They also had three big homeruns that cleared the fence and landed out on 14th Street. One of those was a grand slam.
Mariah Cooke got one of the Bucs three hits, going 1 for 3 at the plate, and scoring one of BEA’s runs.
Bridget Moore was 1 for 2 and scored the other run.
Ashleigh Campbell got the third Buc hit, went 1 for 2, and got both of the team’s RBI.
Waseca 3, BEA 2
The Buccaneers lost a heartbreaker last Tuesday in Waseca, falling 3-2 to the Bluejays.
Waseca got the winning run in the sixth inning on a questioned call at the plate.
With two outs, Waseca got a player to second. The next batter rapped out a single, and the runner on second headed for home.
The Buccaneer throw to home appeared to be in time, and catcher Hayley Pirsig held on to the ball, but the Bluejay runner was called safe.
That broke a 2-2 tie at the time, and proved to be the winning score.
BEA had gone ahead 2-0 in the first inning, and that lead lasted until the fifth when Waseca tied it.
“This was a good ball game,” Coach Bob Hanson says. “Other than the final score. Waseca is a quality team, with a 13-4 record, and we played right with them.”
Maddie McDonald pitched out of several tough situations, Hanson says. The Bluejays loaded the bases, but the Bucs were able to shut them down without any scoring.
“We had our opportunities to win,” Hanson says. “I am pleased at how our young kids are playing, and stepping up after we have had some injury problems.”
The loss gave BEA a 7-11 record, 3-6 in the South Central Conference.
BEA 4, St. James 0
After having defeated the St. James Saints 4-0 on Saturday in the consolation championship game in Jackson, the Buccaneers turned around and defeated the same team by the same score on Monday in St. Peter.
Maddie McDonald pitched the whole way, striking out nine Saints’ batters, and walking just one.
Ashleigh Campbell was 1 for 3 at the plate, with an RBI. Bridget Moore was also 1 for 3, while McDonald was 1 for 2.
Bucs fifth at JCC
The Buccaneers took the consolation championship at the Jackson County Central Tournament on Saturday, May 15.
The Bucs defeated St. James 4-0 to claim the fifth place title.
Maddie McDonald pitched the complete game, giving up five hits, striking out six and walking two.
The Bucs had six hits in the game.
Ashleigh Campbell and Lindsey Ankeny were both 2 for 3 at the plate, with Campbell getting an RBI.
Bridget Moore was 1 for 4 with an RBI, and McDonald was 1 for 3.
The Bucs lost their opening game in the tournament 10-0 to a very good Brandon Valley squad.
Megan Wirtjes was the BEA pitcher. Brandon Valley scored eight runs in the third inning, on eight hits.
Brandon Valley out hit BEA 16 to 2.
Bridget Moore and Ashleigh Campbell were both 1 for 2 in the game.
Brandon Valley went on to the championship game and lost 3-2 to host JCC.
BEA won their second game, defeating a good MCW team 3-2.
The Bucs fell behind 1-0 in the first inning, but bounced back and scored all three of their runs in the fourth. Two came in on a double by Maddie McDonald.
Ashleigh Campbell also had a double, going 1 for 2 at the plate. Mariah Cooke was 1 for 4, and Mary Johnson and Julia Meyer were both 1 for 3.
McDonald pitched the complete game, giving up three hits, striking out nine and walking four.
“This was probably the best played game we have had since we were hit with injuries,” Coach Bob Hanson says. “We really came together and played well.”
St. Peter 8, BEA 0
The Bucs gave up seven unearned runs on the way to an 8-0 loss at St. Peter on Friday, May 14.
“We dropped a pop fly in the outfield and one in the infield,” Coach Bob Hanson says. “They scored two runs on each of those and then hit a three run homer.”
The Bucs had just two hits. Bridget Moore and Alicia Rorman both were 1 for 3.
Maddie McDonald pitched the game and took the loss. She struck out four and did not issue a walk.
Bucs start tournament action
The Buccaneer girls softball team will play at 5 p.m. on Tuesday in Maple River.
The Bucs were seeded seventh and will face the No. 2-seeded Eagles.