Baseball team drops 2
It was not a good night for the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer baseball team on Thursday.
The Bucs fell 10-0 to the Fairmont Cardinals in five innings in the game played in Fairmont.
The Cardinal pitcher, Luke Becker, held the Bucs’ batters to just one hit.
Blaine Hougen hit a single in the fourth inning with two outs already recorded. He was stranded at first when the Cards recorded the third out of the inning on a strikeout.
The Cardinals plated six runs in the first inning to take a commanding lead. Four of the runs came with two outs already recorded.
BEA pitcher Andrew Bell and the rest of the Bucs held the Cards scoreless for the next three innings. Several times the Bucs tallied the third out when the Cards had runners in scoring position.
After BEA was held scoreless in the top of the fifth, Fairmont came back with four in the bottom of the fifth, taking a 10-0 lead and ending the game.
Bell pitched all five innings, giving up the 10 runs on 10 hits. He struck out two and walked five.
This week the Bucs host Waseca on Tuesday, travel to St. James on Thursday and then host the USC Rebels on Friday.
New Ulm 5, BEA 0
Despite the score, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer baseball team actually played some pretty good ball when they hosted the New Ulm Eagles last Tuesday night.
Their problem was getting a run to score. The Bucs were shut out 5-0 by the Eagles, who are ranked 15th in state in Class AA.
New Ulm was able to plate two runs in the first inning when they knocked out two doubles and a single.
They added a run in the second off two walks and a hit, and two more runs in the third from a hit, two walks and a fielder’s choice.
But, the Buccaneers were able to shut down the high-flying Eagle offense the rest of the way, not letting them score for the next four innings.
It wasn’t easy. But, it was pretty exciting.
Three times in the game the Buccaneers and pitcher Brandyn Olsen got out of a big jam when the Eagles were retired with the bases loaded.
It happened in the second, fourth and sixth innings.
The Bucs did it in spectacular fashion in the fourth.
The Eagles had the bases loaded with no outs, already leading 5-0.
The Bucs’ shortstop, David Franta, snagged a hard-hit liner for one out and stepped on second base for a force out for an unassisted double play.
BEA nearly got the triple play when Franta fired the ball to try for a force out at first and the Eagle runner just beat the tag by first baseman Jonah Pirsig.
“I don’t think I have ever had one of my teams complete a triple play,” Buc manager Todd Schmidtke says. “But, we sure came close tonight.”
BEA got the third out on the next batter.
Olsen pitched all seven innings, giving up the five runs on eight hits, striking out four and walking eight batters.
Franta led the Bucs in the batter’s box, going 2 for four, including a double.
Seth Anderson, Blaine Hugen,and Zac Bartlett also had hits for BEA.
Brody Peterson took the win for the Eagles, allowing five hits, striking out seven and walking three Buc batters.
The loss drops the Bucs record to 2-10 on the season.