Cards, Eagles soar past Bucs
Fairmont silenced the Blue Earth Area bats Tuesday night allowing only two hits enroute to a 3-0 victory.
“We gave them a good battle,” says BEA head coach Todd Schmidtke. “We just didn’t hit the ball as well as we needed to.”
Fairmont’s Logan Peyman employed a fastball, change up and curve ball to keep the BEA hitters off balance.
“By the last two innings Peyman was throwing a lot of curve balls,” Schmidtke says. “That led to a lot of strike outs along with some kids pressing and swinging at pitches out of the strike zone.”
The only runs to cross the plate during the contest came in the bottom of the fifth when the Cardinals took advantage of two walks and three base hits.
“It was a well played ball game,” says Schmidtke. “Fairmont had only a couple errors and there were none by us. It was a pitcher’s duel.”
Schmidtke noted that in both games BEA and Fairmont have played, the Bucs have given the No. 5 team in the state a tough test. This doesn’t mean coach Schmidtke is satisfied.
“We are pleased to be competing with Fairmont, but we want to beat them,” Schmidtke says. “We are going to have to beat them in the playoffs if we want to go somewhere, because they are going to be one of the top teams in the section.”
Taylor Owen took the loss for BEA throwing a solid six innings, allowing five hits and six walks.
To beat Fairmont, BEA will have to put a complete game together.
“In order to beat them, everyone is going to have to play one of their best games,” Schmidtke says.
New Ulm 12, BEA 5
On May 6, The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer baseball team couldn’t overcome a 10-2 first inning deficit against New Ulm.
BEA ultimately fell by a final score of 12-5.
The New Ulm onslaught began with two outs in the first inning when the Eagles plated 10 runners. Five of the 10 first inning runs were unearned with BEA committing four errors in the field.
“The errors were the kiss of death,” Schmidtke says. “We had almost the same number of hits as them, but the errors made the difference.”
BEA started the season 7-0, displaying consistent baseball. Now, things have changed.
“We were winning close games,” Schmidtke says. “Playing nearly error free ball and getting hits at the right time. Now in this skid we are on, it has been just the opposite.”
BEA’s Andrew Bell took the brunt of the sloppy play in the field as he only threw 2/3 of an inning.
BEA’s Jonah Pirsig came on in the first inning to stop the Eagle attack, recording the elusive third out.
After the combined 12 run first inning, both teams’ offenses remained dormant until the third when a Taylor Owen double set the table for the Bucs’ third run of the game.
A Collin Nienhaus single drove in Owen drawing the score to 10-3.
A flyout to right and ground out to the pitcher closed the BEA third inning stranding Nienhaus on the bases.
A two run home run by New Ulm’s Jason Shaul secured the victory in the fifth inning putting the Eagles ahead 12-3.
The Bucs would add two more runs in the seventh to reach the final score of 12-5.
In the final frame, Pirsig helped his own cause doubling to score Josh Amundson who reached base on a walk.
Pirsig finished the game netting 5 1/3 innings on the mound, keeping BEA in contention.
During Pirsig’s outing, the New Ulm attack was limited with the Eagles managing four hits and two runs.
Recording multiple hits for the Bucs were Carter Hanson with two singles, Pirsig with a double and single and Joe Franta who knocked two singles.
Shaul earned the win for the Eagles, throwing four innings and allowing three runs.