BEA defeats Triton 13-4, falls to Mankato East 10-0
The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls softball team experienced both in one night last Tuesday.
The Bucs won one game and lost one in the opening round of the Section 2AA, South Sub-Section Tournament. Both games were played Tuesday night on the Mankato East softball field, one right after the other.
The No. 9 seeded Buccaneers exploded in the first game, trouncing the No. 8 seeded Triton Cobras 13-4.
In the next game, played 20 minutes after the first was over, the Bucs fell 10-0 to the No. 1 seeded Mankato East Cougars.
The Cougars showed why they are also ranked No. 1 in the state for Class 2AA.
In game one, the Bucs fell behind 2-1 in the first inning.
BEA tied the game 2-2 in the top half of the third, but Triton came back with two runs of their own in the bottom half, going ahead 4-2.
In the fifth inning, BEA loaded the bases with no outs, then the Bucs were able to get runner after runner home on a series of walks, errors and sacrifices.
BEA was ahead 8-4 by the time Triton managed the third out. The Bucs kept the Cobras scoreless in the bottom of the inning.
The sixth inning started out similar to the fifth. BEA loaded the bases on two hits with only one out.
One BEA runner came home when the Triton pitcher walked the next batter.
That left the bases still loaded for Buc freshman Cassidy Bartlett.
Bartlett crushed a double to right center, clearing the bases and bringing in three runs. The score was suddenly 12-4 in favor of the Buccaneers.
Bartlett came across the plate for BEA’s 13th run off a hit from Lindsey Ankeny.
Once again, BEA pitcher Maddie McDonald was able to shut down the Triton bats in the bottom of the inning, and notched a complete game victory.
Abby Nimz had the hot bat for the Bucs, going 2 for 4 and two RBI. Whitney Pirsig gained first base four times (three times on walks and once with a hit) and was able to cross the plate for a run scored all four times.
The win sent BEA into the next game against the mighty Cougars.
McDonald had to start pitching in the second game, although it had been Megan Wirtjes who was scheduled to take the mound in game two.
Wirtjes was hit in the head by an errant throw from a Mankato East player while the Cougars were on the field for warmups.
The practice throw by the third baseman to the first baseman was off the mark and struck Wirtjes on the side of the head as she threw practice pitches on the sidelines nearby.
Wirtjes was able to come back into the game in relief later.
Mankato East scored nine runs in the first inning with nine hits off starting pitcher McDonald.
Wirtjes came in for three innings of relief and gave up one run on two hits, striking out three batters.
Cierra Olson and Cassie Rauenhorst had the Bucs’ two hits in the game. The Cougar pitcher struck out nine of the 12 Buccaneer batters she faced.
BEA ended the season with a 2-13 season record.