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Bucs improving, looking for first win

By Staff | Apr 14, 2019

Lauren Madetzke rears back and prepares to fire the softball to the plate. Madetzke struck out nine while walking no batters in a 1-0 loss against St. James. Blue Earth Area opened the season in Austin with two games inside of a dome before getting their first taste of outside ball against the Saints on Monday, April 8.

Blue Earth Area played host to New Ulm in softball on Tuesday, April 9.

Although the Bucs lost to the Eagles by a 10-3 score, head coach Terry Ehlert can see the team making strides in the right direction.

“We had some errors early in the game and gave them some extra outs,” Ehlert said. “You cannot do that against good teams.”

The Eagles did their damage in the first four innings. They scored four runs in the first inning, two in the second and four in the fourth inning for their 10 runs.

BEA scored one run each in the first, fifth and sixth innings.

“We are playing better and our defense is improving,” Ehlert notes.

Lauren Madetzke pitched the entire game and gave up seven earned runs for the Bucs while allowing eight hits and striking out five Eagle batters. She walked six.

The loss dropped the Buc’s record to 0-4.

St. James 1, BEA 0

The St. James Saints scored one unearned run in the top of the first inning and held the Buccaneer offense scoreless to claim a 1-0 victory on Monday, April 8, in Blue Earth.

Each team had two hits and committed three errors.

Adrianna Granillo and McKenna Dutton each recorded a hit for BEA.

Lauren Madetzke pitched the complete game for the Bucs allowing two hits and striking out nine Saints’ batters. She did not issue any walks.


The Blue Earth Area softball team began their season on April 6 with two games played under a dome in Austin.

BEA dropped the first game to the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva Panthers by a score of 11-1, in five innings.

Sydney Blagg had one hit and scored the lone run for the Bucs.

USC 10, BEA 6

The Buccaneer bats came alive in the second game of the day as they pounded out nine hits. Unfortunately for the Bucs, USC was able to take an early 5-0 lead after two innings and hold on for the victory.

“These were the first two games of the year and we know we are going to get better,” coach Terry Ehlert said.

McKenna Dutton pitched the distance for the Bucs with Miya Gustafson handling the catching duties.

Dutton and Gustafson each recorded two hits and scored one run for the Bucs.

Sydney Blagg, Lauren Madetzke, Adrianna Granillo, Emma Dahl and Carla Leyva recorded one hit apiece. Dahl and Leyva each had 2 RBIs.

Blue Earth Area is scheduled to host Worthington on Monday, April 15 in a game which was rescheduled from earlier this season. Results of this contest will be in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.