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Softball team starts the season 0-2

By Staff | Apr 29, 2018

On Thursday, April 26, the Blue Earth Area softball team was on the road to face the Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton Bulldogs. Unfortunately for supporters of the maroon and gold, the Bucs came out on the short end of an 11-4 final score.

Even in defeat, Blue Earth Area had its share of highlight performances. Coming off a 2-for-3 effort in the season opener, Lauren Madetzke took to the rubber this time around against the Bulldogs. She pitched six innings and struck out seven batters, while only surrendering two earned runs.

Meanwhile, Buc teammate Carla Leyva enjoyed a 3-for-4 evening at the plate which included two doubles and a run scored.

Three players for the Buccaneers; Sydney Blagg, Adrianna Granillo and McKenna Dutton each accounted for a hit and a run scored.

Like the first game against Waseca, defensive woes plagued the Bucs. Seven errors in the field contributed to BEA’s defeated. Despite the setback, Buccaneer head coach Terry Ehlert maintains an optimistic approach.

“I told them on the first day of practice that we’re going to have a new culture here because we need to work hard to get better each day,” Ehlert said. “I see a lot of athletic ability with this group, so I think there’s really something to build on.”

On Friday, April 27, the Buccaneers were on the road for a double-header against the New Ulm Eagles. Results from this contest will be available in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.

Waseca 9, BEA 3

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers fells to the Waseca Bluejays in their 2018 season opener on Tuesday, April 24.

In the ballgame, Buc sophomore Lauren Madetzke accounted for two of the team’s three hits, and drove in two of Blue Earth Area’s three runs. Madetzke’s opening day effort received praise from first year BEA softball head coach Terry Ehlert.

“She pretty much stayed with the basics and kept it simple at the plate,” Ehlert said of Madetzke afterwards. “I think she was focused and ready to go right from the start of the game.”

Junior Adrianna Granillo also found success at the plate with a hit and a run scored for the maroon and gold.

Meanwhile, BEA’s freshman pitcher, McKenna Dutton, pitched six innings and struck out six Bluejay hitters, while walking only two. Coach Ehlert said Dutton’s performance gave the Buccaneers a chance to win the game.

“I thought she did really well, she kept throwing strikes and it kept us in it,” Ehlert said of his starting pitcher. “We just had our share of errors, so that will be something we need to improve on.”

Despite the loss, Ehlert said he and his team were just excited to get the season underway as several games have been postponed because of poor weather.

“It felt great to be outside competing again, the kids were very happy to be out on the field,” the Buccaneer coach added.