Softball team falls to Belle Plaine, St. James
It wasn’t exactly what you would call the nicest weather for softball, but the rain held off and the sun came out for a time, allowing Blue Earth Area to host St. James in softball on Thursday.
Unfortunately for the Bucs, the Saints rallied from a 2-run deficit to go home with a 4-2 victory.
Evie Leland opened the bottom of the first with a single up the middle. Whitney Pirsig was up next. With the count full at three balls and two strikes, Leland broke for second and the pitcher delivered ball four. The catcher threw the ball to second and was called out by the umpire covering second base. However, since it was ball four, Leland was not out. In all the confusion Leland advanced to third. Maci Henningsen’s hit plated Leland for the Bucs’ first run.
Meanwhile, Maddie McDonald was mowing down the Saints’ batters. McDonald was perfect through the first three innings with no Saint player reaching first base.
The Saints got their first hit in the top of the fourth inning. A sacrifice bunt and a stolen base put the Saints runner on third base with one out. McDonald got the second out with a strike out. Lindsey Ankeny went back at her second base position to snag a soft blooper over her head and keep the Saints scoreless.
Another good fielding play got the Bucs out of a jam in the top of the fifth inning. The Saints had runners on first and second with one out. A line drive down the first base line was snagged by the Bucs’ first baseman Henningsen who stepped onfirst base as she caught the ball to double up the Saints’ runner who was caught off the bag.
Leland started off the bottom of the fifth with a walk. An error by the second baseman on a ball hit by Pirsig put runners on second and third. A bunt single by Henningsen scored Leland for a 2-0 Buc advantage. The Saints got out of the inning without the Bucs doing any more damage, stranding runners at second and third base.
St. James tied the game in the top of the sixth. An error allowed the Saints lead-off batter to reach first base. A single to left-center put runners at the corners. A bunt resulted in a play at the plate with the Saints runner beating the tag for their first run. With runners at the corners the runner at first broke for second base drawing a throw from the catcher. The runner on third broke for home and scored to tie the game at 2-2.
An error with one out gave the Saints a base runner in the top of the seventh. A strike out made it two outs. The next Saints batter drove a ball deep over the centerfielder’s head for a run scoring triple.
The Saints got their second run of the inning when a line drive went off of the glove of a leaping Pirsig at third base for a hit to make the final score 4-2.
The Bucs loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning, but, once again the Saints got off the jam to preserve their 4-2 win.