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Softball team drops opener

By Staff | Apr 11, 2011

For the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls softball team, the good news is their pitching and defense were outstanding in their season opener last Tuesday night.

The bad news is, their hitting was not so good.

The Bucs lost 2-0 to New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva in a game played in Blue Earth.

“I was impressed with our play,” new head coach T.J. Schmidtke says. “The girls played really good defense, and Maddie (McDonald) pitched an exceptional game.”

McDonald went all seven innings and struck out 12 batters while walking none.

She did allow two runs on four hits. Three of those hits came from one NRHEG player who had three doubles.

The Panthers had one run in the second and third innings – the only scoring in the game.

The Buccaneers matched the Panthers in the hit column, getting four of their own. But, they could not transform the hits into runs.

“We had a player at second base with only one out in the first inning,” Schmidtke says. “But, we then had two players strike out.”

In all, 13 Buc batters were out on strikes.

“We also left runners on first and second in the second inning,” Schmidtke says.

Whitney Pirsig had the big bat for the Bucs, going 2 for 2 at the plate. Janessa Jahnke and Kim Liebl had the other hits.

“We are going to try and get better,” the Buc coach says. “We will have to, because we will face a good New Ulm team next.”