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Bucs lose in Section, 12-5

By Staff | Jun 5, 2011

Joe Franta

The Blue Earth Area baseball team ended their season Saturday in a Section 2AA tournament game with a 12-5 loss to New Ulm.

The Bucs dug themselves into a hole quickly, falling behind 6-0 after the first two innings.

New Ulm scored one run in the first and five in the second to establish an insurmountable lead.

In the 5-run New Ulm second inning, the Eagles strung together five hits and a walk to extend their lead to 6-0.

New Ulm put more runners on the base paths in the third with a Brandon Johnson single and a walk by Tim Kehren. Matt Bersmann then singled to score Johnson.

BEA would respond in the top of the fourth with two runs, cutting the Eagle lead to 7-2.

A single by Josh Amundson and a walk by Taylor Owen set the table for the Buc rally.

Carter Hanson was then hit by a pitch to load up the bases.

With the bases loaded, Brady Anderson singled to drive in Amundson and Owen.

BEA’s Owen didn’t make it out of the fourth inning as New Ulm tacked on three more runs pushing the Eagle lead to 10-2.

Owen went 3 1/3 innings for the Bucs allowing nine runs and 11 hits.

In the top of the fifth, BEA made some noise for the second inning in a row.

A Joe Franta single, a walk from Amundson and a single from Jonah Pirsig created base runners for the Bucs.

Despite the promising start, BEA only scored one run in the inning after the Pirsig single. Owen hit a fielder’s choice to score Franta.

In the bottom half of the fifth, the Eagles scored two runs by way of two walks and an error by the Bucs.

The Bucs rounded out the scoring in the sixth inning plating two runs to reach the final score of 12-5.

A Dalton Hurn sacrifice and a Joe Franta single scored Anderson and Collin Nienhaus.

Kaleb Juntunen picked up the win for New Ulm, throwing four innings, surrendering three runs and allowing three hits.

Strong pitching from BEA’s Amundson led to New Ulm not scoring in the sixth frame.

The scoreless sixth inning was the only Eagle inning they did not plate at least one runner.

With the loss, BEA finishes their season with a 10-7 record. After a promising 7-0 start, BEA lost seven of their last 10 ball games.