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Eagles blast past Bucs

By Staff | Apr 8, 2012

uccaneer Matthew Rockers fires in a pitch to the Maple River batter

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer baseball team’s second outing of the season did not go as planned.

BEA fell to the visiting Maple River Eagles 16-6 in last Thursday’s matchup in Blue Earth.

The Bucs took an early one run lead when lead off batter David Franta got a single. He advanced on wild pitches and then crossed home plate on a sacrifice fly by Jonah Pirsig.

Maple River came back with five runs in the second inning to take a commanding 5-1 lead.

The Bucs showed they could fight back, however.

BEA came up with five runs of their own in the bottom of the third to take back the lead at 6-5.

Christian Haugh led off the inning with a single while Carter Hanson was hit by a pitch to gain base, and a couple more wild pitches advanced the two around the bases.

A single by Andrew Bell drove in a couple runs, as Buccaneers Haugh, Hanson, Blaine Hougen, Pirsig and Bell all crossed the plate.

The home team could not hold that lead, however.

The Eagles continued to fight their way around the bases and scored four runs in the fourth, two in the fifth and five more in the sixth to get to their final tally of 16.

BEA meanwhile, could not muster any more runs. That does not mean they did not have their chances.

Twice the Buccaneers loaded the bases, in both the fourth and fifth innings, but failed to get any base runner home.

BEA had four pitchers take the mound during the game.

Reid Rasmussen led off the game for the Bucs and gave up five runs on six hits in 1 2/3 innings. He struck out one, walked one and hit one batter.

Pirsig came in for two innings of relief and tookthe loss.

He allowed four runs, none of them earned, on two hits. Pirsig walked five and struck out two.

Zac Bartlett and Matt Rockers also came in to pitch for the Bucs.

The Eagles out hit the Bucs 11 to 6. BEA had five errors while Maple River committed four.

This week BEA, 0-2 on the season, travels to LCWM on Monday.

A game first scheduled for Tuesday at USC has been reset for May 18 and the location has been changed from Wells to Blue Earth.

The Bucs are also scheduled to travel to New Ulm on Thursday.