Baseball team improves to 6-0
Blue Earth Area Buccaneer baseball fans were rewarded for braving cold weather and a little rain last Thursday night.
After leading early by a score of 5-0, the Bucs had to stage another come-from-behind effort to win 7-6 over the Waseca Bluejays.
It was their sixth straight win, with no losses.
The Bucs exploded early, scoring five runs in their first turn at bat.
Dalton Hurn started the inning by gaining first with a base on balls. Joe Franta followed with a sacrifice bunt, Josh Amundson and Jonah Pirsig each had a double, Taylor Owen walked, Collin Nienhaus had a single, Brady Anderson a sacrifice bunt and Carter Hanson a double.
Suddenly, BEA was ahead 5-0.
Unfortunately, Waseca was able to score five runs of their own in the third inning, using a string of five hits, tying the game up.
The Bluejays added one more run in the fourth inning with a double, single and sacrifice. That put Waseca up by a single run, 6-5.In the bottom of the sixth, the Bucs used a walk, two more sacrifice bunts and a couple of hits to score two runs and take the win by one run, 7-6.
The winning run came across the plate on a suicide squeeze play.
Amundson wielded the big bat for the Bucs, going 3 for 4 at the plate. Franta was 2 for 3.
BEA had eight hits for the night.
Owen was the winning pitcher, going six innings. He allowed the six Bluejay runs on 13 hits, struck out 11 and walked one. Pirsig came in for one inning of relief.
“It was a pretty exciting game, and the boys were able to pull it out in the end,” Buc coach Todd Schmidtke says. “And I didn’t mess things up too much for them.”