Bucs worn down by Cards bats in 11-1 loss
If the Fairmont Cardinals were going to avenge the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers’ 7-1 decision from earlier in the baseball season, they were going to have to do so with a fight against the maroon and gold on Thursday, May 11.
Or at least that seemed to be the case for one inning.
An uncharacteristically rough start for BEA senior hurler Logan Jahnke had the Cards up 2-0 after one half-inning of action at Fairgrounds Baseball Field.
But a follow-up bottom-of-the-first frame from the Bucs indicated the maroon and gold, fresh off a 10-run defeat at the hands of St. Peter, were ready for a shootout.
A leadoff double from senior catcher Kaylan Legred put the home team in immediate scoring position, and a rip into right field from senior first baseman Zac Schonrock two batters later cut Fairmont’s lead in half. Then came a line-drive single from third baseman Jesus Quintero and a blooper base hit from outfielder Joe Schavey, which sent Schonrock racing home from second.
A throw to the plate, however, ultimately outed Schonrock just before the bag, stranding two BEA runners.
And from there, it was Fairmont’s game.
Jahnke, relieved by Schonrock on the hill after 2 1/3 innings, exited with the Bucs in a 6-0 hole.
And the maroon and gold mustered just two hits the rest of the way, giving way to a Cards offense with momentum and falling, 11-1, before the game was called after five innings.
Schavey and pinch hitter Jordan Huse had base knocks for the Bucs.
BEA (7-8) is slated to return to the diamond for a May 16 varsity double header vs. Marshall starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Fairgrounds.
St. Peter 11, BEA 1
Saddling up for a trip to St. Peter for their fifth game in four days Tuesday, May 9, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers mustered just three hits and one run against a streaky Saints team, falling 11-1 in a matchup that appeared far more lopsided than the one-run decision between the two clubs in April.
Senior second baseman Chris Sanders went 2-for-2 and helped drive in fellow senior Kaylan Legred with a third-inning triple.
But the Bucs did not log another hit after Sanders’ RBI, falling victim to an offensive outburst from St. Peter that ended the game after just five innings.
Only Legred and Sanders reached base with hits for BEA, while Jesus Quintero got on after a St. Peter error and designated hitter Trevor Oppedal got hit by a pitch.
BEA 7, Waseca 0
Three straight hits and a trio of first-inning runs on Monday, May 8, had the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers well on their way to an anticipated rout of the Waseca
Bluejays, who entered the week just 1-11 on the season.
But the maroon and gold bats went quiet and the Bluejays’ bats lit up after BEA’s 3-0 lead, and a six-run surge by Waseca between the fifth and sixth innings of Monday’s showdown left the Bucs on the wrong end of an 8-3 upset.
Except a later revelation that Waseca had used one of its pitchers before a required three-day rest meant the Bucs would be granted a forfeit victory, recorded as a 7-0 win in the score book.
Singles from senior catcher Kaylan Legred, third baseman Jesus Quintero and junior Hunter Bleess led off the game for the Buccaneers, and another knock from junior outfielder Joe Schavey helped the Bucs go up early against the Bluejays in the loss-turned-win.
Legred (3-for-3) led the way for BEA at the plate, but six other Bucs had at least one hit on the day.
BEA 8, MCW 7
Rebounding from a one-run loss earlier in May 6’s Windom Tournament, the Buccaneers turned around for a 2 p.m. showdown with Martin County West (MCW) on Saturday and dished out a tight decision of their own, an 8-7 win over the Mavericks.
And they did it with the help of a 3-for-3 debut from freshman Caelan Sanders, who was called up from junior varsity, started in left field and unleashed a pair of doubles and a trio of runs to headline BEA’s offense.
The Buccaneers’ eight runs vs. MCW were the most scored by the maroon and gold since a 9-3 victory over the Mavs on April 4, the Bucs’ season opener. And they lifted BEA to .500 (6-6) in advance of a return home for a postponed matchup with the Waseca Bluejays.
Windom Area 5, BEA 4
With Trevor Oppedal on the hill for the start of Windom’s four-team baseball tournament Saturday, May 6, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers got close to edging their Section 3AA foes but not quite close enough.
A pair of second-inning runs helped the Bucs threaten the Eagles, who have now won seven of their last 10 games after the Island Park tourney, but Windom Area quieted BEA’s bats in the home stretch to hand the maroon and gold their first loss in three games, a 5-4 decision.
Oppedal and junior outfielder Joe Schavey came across the plate in the second, and both senior catcher Kaylan Legred and outfielder Jordan Huse scored for the Bucs in the fifth inning to keep the Eagles on the edge of their toes.
Three strikeouts and just one hit over the game’s final two frames, however, cost BEA a chance to knot the contest.
BEA 4, St. James 0
Three days after an extra-inning decision over Worthington, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers got another complete-game outing, this time from junior Jared Kennedy, in a 4-0 victory over St. James Area on May 5, their second straight win.
Back-to-back hits in the bottom of the first inning got the maroon and gold started early, as both the No. 1 and 2 hitters, seniors Kaylan Legred and Chris Sanders, came around to put BEA up 2-0 after one frame.
Eight other Buc hits were spread out during Friday’s contest, which zoomed by thanks to Kennedy’s three-hit shutout on the mound.
The junior hurler struck out six Saints and surrendered two walks on the night, facing just 13 St. James Area batters over the game’s final four innings.
The Bucs helped Kennedy’s cause with five base runners in the third, when Sanders, senior third baseman Jesus Quintero and first baseman Zac Schonrock lined back-to-back-to-back singles.
Quintero was tagged out on a rundown in between the bases, but Sanders ultimately scored to extend BEA’s lead by one.
Junior outfielder Joe Schavey, whose walk-off single lifted the Bucs to their win vs. Worthington, then scored BEA’s final run of the evening after sixth-inning singles from Legred and senior Chris Jenkins.