Baseball team loses three
Blue Earth Area collected more hits than St. Peter but it was the Bucs’ sloppy play in the field that led to their demise. The visiting Saints took advantage of seven Buc miscues to go home with a 7-3 win in baseball action last Tuesday afternoon.
“The defense, the errors, that was very uncharacteristic for this team,” says Blue Earth Area head coach Todd Schmidtke. “We’ll bounce back, I have a lot of confidence in this team.”
It was a disastrous third inning that ultimately did the Bucs in.
BEA led 1-0 heading into the third courtesy of a run scoring double by Josh Amundson that plated Dalton Hurn. Hurn had led off the first inning with a walk and had gained third base on a single by Joe Franta. The Bucs may have scored more, but Joe Franta was called out on a close play at the plate on an infield roller by Carter Hanson.
St. Peter began the top of the third inning with three straight hits – two singles and a double – that scored one run and put runners at the corners. Their next batter hit one back to pitcher Brady Anderson, who went home with the throw but the runner beat the tag for the Saints’ second run.
Another double brought home the Saints’ third run – and then the wheels fell off for the Bucs’ defense.
Three consecutive errors allowed the Saints to score two more runs and load the bases with no outs yet recorded. The inning should have been over with just three earned runs allowed.
Anderson finally recorded the first out of the inning with a strike out. A fielder’s choice allowed the sixth run to score and left runners at first and second. A two out single loaded the bases again and ended Anderson’s day on the mound. Amundson came in and got the strike out to end the inning. The Saints had scored six runs on five hits and four Buccaneer errors.
The Bucs had the top of their line-up batting in the bottom half of the third inning. Back-to-back singles by Hurn and Franta put runners on first and second. Amundson stroked his second double of the evening, but Hurn was out trying to score. Franta eventually scored on a fielder’s choice to make it 6-2 after three innings of play.
The Saints came up with another run in the fifth inning. A lead-off double followed by a single put runners on the corners with no outs. Amundson struck out the third batter before the Saints scored on a fielder’s choice to give them a 7-2 lead.
BEA was putting runners on but it wasn’t until the sixth inning that they could score another run.
Anderson reached on an error and Blaine Hougen drew a walk. Following two infield pop-outs, Amundson came to the plate and pounded his third double of the game to bring home the Bucs’ third run of the game. Unfortunately for the Bucs that would be the end of their scoring and the Saints held on for the victory.
Anderson took the loss, allowing six total runs, but only three of them earned. He allowed five hits, struck out three and walked no batters in 2 2/3 innings of work. Amundson gave up one earned run in 4 1/3 innings of relief. He gave up three hits, struck out two batters and walked one.
Amundson’s three doubles in three at-bats and two RBIs led the Bucs at the plate. Franta had two hits in four trips.
Fairmont 9, BEA 3
It was a close game through the first five innings when the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers hosted the Fairmont Cardinals on a freezing cold Monday night.
But, a six-run seventh inning lifted the Cards to a 9-3 victory over the Bucs.
It was BEA’s second loss in a row, dropping their record to 7-2.
BEA was first on the scoreboard with a run in the first inning. The Buc’s first batter, Dalton Hurn reached base on a single. Collin Nienhaus brought him home with a single.
The Cardinals took a 2-1 lead when they scored two runs in the third inning. They added another in the fourth to go up 3-1.
The Buccaneers responded with two runs in the fifth to make it an even game, 3-3.
Zac Bartlett was walked. Joe Franta reached first with a single, then both players reached home when Josh Amundson hit a double.
To read more of this story, see this week’s Register.