BEA baseball has familiar foe in first round match up
The Blue Earth Area baseball team is hoping the scoreboard indicates a different outcome for their sub-section game that took place last Saturday.
On that day, BEA played New Ulm for the second time in five days. The rematch started at 1 p.m. in Luverne taking place after press time.
The first meeting between the two teams on Tuesday resulted in a 14-4 Eagle victory. New Ulm was able to score a run in every inning displaying consistent offense.
The Eagles put the game out of reach early, scoring the game’s first nine runs.
With three runs in the first, four in the second and two in the third, the Bucs found themselves in a deep hole.
A total of 17 Eagle hits and six Buccaneer errors led to a lot of New Ulm runners on the base paths.
Despite allowing a lot of runners on base, the BEA pitching staff of Dalton Hurn, Andrew Bell, Brady Anderson and Carter Hanson did a nice job of limiting the damage with 12 of the 17 Eagle hits being singles.
New Ulm’s big fourth inning was a result of timely hitting, a walk and two costly BEA errors. The Eagles strung together four singles to fill the bases. That paired with the errors doomed the Bucs.
In a 9-0 hole, BEA responded to score four runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning, but that was as close as the contest would get. The Bucs scored all of their runs in the frame on five hits.
After the four run fourth, BEA was silenced offensively for the rest of the game. New Ulm continued their consistent offense scoring one run in the fifth and two in the sixth and seventh innings.
BEA was led offensively by Hurn who went 2-3 with two singles. Joe Franta was the other Buc on base frequently going 1-2 with a single and a walk.
New Ulm’s Zach Hoffman powered the Eagles from the plate as he finished the game with a home run and four RBIs.
Brady Peterson earned the win for the Eagles on the mound as he went three scoreless innings, allowed only one hit and had three strikeouts. If the Bucs win on Saturday, they will play again Wednesday at 2 p.m..