Eagles soar by Bucs
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer softball team had their season come to end last Thursday evening when they lost to the Maple River Eagles 4-0.
The top of the first inning of the game had actually been played on Tuesday night in Mapleton, but was halted due to weather and postponed to Thurs-day.
The Bucs suffered a blow right away on Thurs-day when starting senior center fielder Alicia Rorman, who had started the game on Tuesday, was ill and unable to play on Thursday.
“She called me at 2:15 on Thursday and said she had been to the doctor and would not be able to play,” Coach Bob Hanson says.
The Bucs were already without two starting players who had been injured earlier in the season.
“That is not an excuse,” Coach Hanson says. “The girls who played did a good job, and this was actually a pretty good game for us against a real quality team.”
The Bucs fell behind 1-0 in the second inning when the Eagles got a walk, then bunted and scored on an error.
Meanwhile, the Bucs had their chances to catch up, but stranded runners on second and third two innings in a row, and once left the bases loaded.
The Bucs even tried a squeeze bunt to get a runner in, but failed in the attempt.
Maple River scored three more runs in the fifth, all coming after there were two outs.
“All in all it was a pretty good game for us, especially defensively and pitching,” Hanson says. “We just couldn’t get that crucial hit when we had players in scoring position.”
The Bucs had three hits in the game, and the Eagles had just four.
Mariah Cooke had one of BEA’s hits, while Julia Meyer had the other two, going 2 for 3.
“Julia had been sick the day before, but was able to play and did a good job for us,” Hanson says. “Lindsey Ankeny also played well, filling in at center field. She made a great running catch.”
Maddie McDonald went the distance on the mound for the Buccaneers, giving up the four runs on four hits, walking two and striking out five.
The loss dropped the Bucs final season record to 7-13.
“Most of our games were very competitive,” Hanson says. “We only lost two games by big margins. We just always struggled to get runs across the plate.”
The Buccaneer squad did receive state-wide recognition recently.
Four Buc players were named to Academic All-State honors. They are Ashleigh Campbell, Bridget Moore, Mary Johnson and Shelby Pearson.
To make the list the girls have to carry a 3.75 grade point average, or better.
The Buc team as a whole received the Gold Team Award from the Minnesota State High School League. This means the team averaged a 3.75 GPA.