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It was a tough afternoon of softball for the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers last Thursday.
BEA fell 14-1 to the St. Peter Saints on the Bucs’ home field.
The Saints scored just one run in the first inning, but put five more on the scoreboard in the second inning.
The Saints were up 14-0 after three innings.
BEA scored their run in the fifth inning when Whitney Pirsig reached first on a fielder’s choice.
She came home to score on another fielder’s choice by Ciarra Olson.
Janessa Jahnke led the Bucs at the plate, going 2 for 3. Abby Nimz and Pirsig had the Bucs other two hits.
Megan Wirtjes took the loss for the Bucs. She gave up the Saints 14 runs on 14 hits, struck out three and issued no walks.
Maddie McDonald came in for two innings of relief pitching and allowed no runs on one hit. She struck out four and walked two.
The Buccaneers’ record falls to 2-11 with the loss, 2-6 in South Central Conference play.
BEA will enter Sub-Section Tournament action this week.
The No. 9 seeded Bucs will play No. 8 seeded Triton on Tuesday at the Mankato East ballfield.
St. James 12, BEA 5
The hits were nearly even in the game between the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers and the St. James Saints last Tuesday, and, there were a lot of them.
The Bucs had 10, the Saints knocked out 15.
But, the scoring column wasn’t nearly as close. St. James had 12 runs, BEA only five.
The Saints scored four runs in the fourth, two in the second and three in the third to take a commanding lead.
The Buccaneers finally got on the scoreboard with one run in the third.
Both teams were scoreless in the fourth inning.
In the fifth, the Bucs added four runs to their tally to cut the lead to 9-5, but were thwarted when the Saints added three more in their half of the fifth.
BEA was led at the plate by Janessa Jahnke who went 2 for 4 and Maddie McDonald who was 2 for 3.
McDonald pitched three innings and gave up 10 hits and nine runs. She struck out three.
Megan Wirtjes also pitched three innings and gave up three runs on two hits. She struck out five and walked four.
Bucs at JCC Tourney
The Buccaneers participated in a softball tournament at Jackson County Central on Saturday, May 14.
The Bucs played two games and lost both by identical scores of 9-5.
No further details were available.