Bucs top Saints, Bluejays
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers traveled to St. James on Thursday night and came home with a victory.
But, it wasn’t easy.
In extra innings, the Bucs pulled out a one run, 5-4 win.
It was the second game in a row that the Buccaneers scored the winning run in the final inning.
Against the Saints, the Bucs led off with a run in the first inning, but St. James came back with one in the first as well.
The Saints scored again in the second to take a slim 2-1 lead.
Neither team scored in the next three innings.
In the top of the sixth, the Bucs scored three runs to go ahead 4-2. Zac Bartlett got a single and David Franta got on base on an error.
Then Seth Anderson and Brandyn Olsen hit back-to-back doubles to bring in the runs.
BEA’s lead was short lived, however. St. James came right back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth to knot the score at 4-all.
That score stood for the next three innings, sending the game into a 10th inning.
BEA was able to get Matt Rockers in to home plate for the go ahead run in the top of the 10th.
Then, the Bucs were able to shut out the Saints in the bottom of the inning to seal the win.
Andrew Bell went all 10 innings for the Bucs on the mound. He gave up the four runs three earned allowing eight hits.
Bell struck out eight and walked eight Saints batters.
Olsen led the hitting for the Bucs, going 2 for 4 at the plate.
Seven other BEA batters had one hit each. David Franta was hitless in his six at bats, but did account for two of BEA’s five RBI.
This week the Bucs host the St. Peter Saints on Tuesday.
Then, on Saturday, the Buccaneers will travel to Fairmont to take on the Cardinals in the opening round of the Class 3AA Section baseball playoffs.
The game is slated for 11 a.m. on May 26.
BEA 6, Waseca 5
With the game tied at 5-all, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to claim a thrilling 6-5 victory over the visiting Waseca Bluejays on Tuesday night.
After Carter Hanson stole second base, he came home to score the winning run when Brandyn Olsen knocked out a single.
The Buccaneers had taken an early lead in the game, going up 2-0 in the first inning. David Franta and Seth Anderson started the game with singles and came home to score on a Jonah Pirsig sacrifice.
“We had the bases loaded with no outs,” Buc manager/coach Todd Schmidtke says. “I knew we needed to get some runs across with that opportunity early.”
The Bluejays came up with three runs in the third inning to claim a 3-2 lead that stood until the fifth inning.
With two outs already recorded in the bottom of the fifth, the Bucs put together a string of runners, including Carter Hanson who was hit by a pitch, and Olsen and Matt Rockers who hit singles.
All three crossed home plate for scores, putting BEA up 5-3.
That score stood until the seventh inning when Waseca plated two runs in their half of the inning to tie the game at 5-5.
That set up the dramatic finish with Olsen getting a game winning RBI. He went 3 for 4 hitting in the game.
Olsen was helping himself in the batter’s box as he also pitched all seven innings, giving up five runs to the Bluejays on five hits, only two of them earned.
Franta had the other heavy bat, going 2 for 4 at the plate.
In all, the Bucs had eight hits in the game.
WEM 6, BEA 1
The Buccaneers of Blue Earth Area traveled to Waterville on Saturday, May 12, to take on the Buccaneers of Waterville-Elysian-Morristown.
Unfortunately, the home team WEM Bucs defeated the visiting Bucs of BEA, 6-1. The BEA Bucs only run came on a solo homerun from Jonah Pirsig in the second inning.
The WEM Bucs scored three runs in the first, two in the second and another one in the fourth to secure the victory.
Pirsig pitched three innings, taking the loss. He allowed five runs on five hits, struck out six and walked four.
Zac Barlett came in for three innings of relief and gave up one run on four hits, with no strikeouts or walks.
The BEA Bucs had five hits. Besides Pirsig’s homer, David Franta, Seth Anderson, Carter Hanson and Brandyn Olsen all recorded one hit each.
This week the Bucs host the St. Peter Saints on Tuesday, then enter post season play on Saturday, May 26, in Fairmont, in an 11 a.m. game.