Softball team loses to Fairmont, New Ulm
Fairmont 5, BEA 4
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer softball team lost a heartbreaker in Fairmont last Tuesday night.
Despite out-hitting the host Cardinals 9 to 5, the Buccaneers fell 5-4 in the scoring column.
Buc pitcher Megan Wirtjes pitched her way out of a first inning jam.
After allowing the first two Card batters to reach first on a hit and a walk, she ended the inning with three straight outs, including two strikeouts.
The Bucs scored two runs in their half of the second inning. Kim Liebl and Abby Nimz hit back-to-back doubles, while Wirtjes hit a single as the next batter.
However, Fairmont responded with four runs in the bottom half of the second. They used two hits and two walks to help get the runners home.
The Cards added an insurance run in the third inning, and it proved to be necessary.
BEA added one run in the fifth inning. Whitney Pirsig reached base with a single. A walk and a single by Macie Henningsen brought her across the plate to score.
The Bucs added their final run in the seventh inning, making the score tight at 5-4.
Janessa Jahnke reached on a single and later scored. But two quick outs after that ended the Bucs rally.
Wirtjes pitched two innings, giving up four runs on three hits. She struck out three and walked four.
Maddie McDonald came in for four innings and, after giving up the one unearned run, effectively shut down the Cards. She gave up two hits but struck out seven, walking just one.
Both Pirsig and Henningsen led in hitting, each going 2 for 4 at the plate.
New Ulm 5, BEA 0
New Ulm shut out the Buccaneers both in runs and hits during the game played in Blue Earth on Friday, May 6.
The Eagles soared to a 5-0 win, with the Bucs unable to come up with a single hit at the plate.
New Ulm’s pitcher not only threw a no-hitter, but also struck out 12 BEA batters while issuing just one base on balls.
The Eagles scored a run in the second, third and seventh innings and two in the sixth.
Megan Wirtjes pitched five innings, giving up two runs, both earned, on four hits. She struck out two and walked one batter.
Maddie McDonald worked two innings, giving up three runs, one of them earned, on two hits. She struck out one and walked one.