Bucs suffer first defeat of the year
Blue Earth Area suffered its first loss of the baseball season when the visiting St. Peter Saints blanked the Bucs 11-0 in a game played Tuesday, April 16.
Miscommunication by the BEA defense led to one unearned run in the top of the first for the Saints. The visitors added another run with a home run in the top of the third inning to take a 2-0 lead.
The Bucs loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the fourth but were unable to push any runs across the plate.
Leading 2-0 heading into the top of the fifth inning, the Saints used a combination of walks, hits and Buccaneer errors to score seven times and take a 9-0 lead.
Two more runs in the top of the sixth inning put St. Peter on top 11-0. When the Bucs failed to score in the bottom of the sixth, the game was called because of the 10 run-rule.
The Saints had 10 hits while the Buccaneers had five. Karson Legred and Anders Fering each had two hits while Brayden Barnett finished with one hit.
Blue Earth Area heads into the Easter break with a 5-1 record overall and 3-1 in the Big South Conference.
The Bucs return to action on Tuesday, April 23, when they host Waseca in a BSC tilt. Results of that game will be in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.
BEA 11, Worthington 10
There they go again. For the fourth time in five games, the Blue Earth Area baseball team came out on top by one run.
The Bucs defeated the Worthington Trojans 11-10 to improve their overall record to 5-0 and their Big South Conference record to 3-0.
Blue Earth Area was sailing through the game and held a 10-3 lead as Worthington came to bat in the top of the seventh inning. A combination of walks, errors and hits allowed the Trojans to tie the game up at 10-10 before Koby Nagel came in and recorded the final two outs.
Nagel then singled to get on base in the bottom of the seventh. Worthington’s pitcher then fielded a comebacker and attempted to force Nagel out at second base. His throw went into the outfield and gave the Bucs runners on first and second base.
Luke Mertens stepped to the plate and delivered a line-drive single over the head of the leaping shortstop to bring in Nagel with the winning run.
Hunter Bleess started the game and allowed three runs in six innings of work. Only two of the runs were earned as Bleess gave up five hits, struck out eight and walked two batters. Nagel got the win in relief.
Nagel went 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBIs. Mertens also had two of the Bucs’ 12 hits in addition to the game-winning RBI.