Baseball team rolls over the Bluejays
The Bucs rebounded from their first loss of the season last week with a 20-1 drubbing of the Waseca Bluejays last Tuesday in a Big South Conference game in Blue Earth.
After holding Waseca scoreless in the top of the first inning, BEA gave starting pitcher Gavin Storbeck a five run cushion in the bottom of the inning.
Koby Nagel was on third and Karson Legred on second when Anders Fering legged out an infield hit to score Nagel. Legred scored when the Bluejays attempted to throw out Fering as he stole second base. Fering advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Keegan O’Brien drew a walk.
Hunter Bleess was at the plate when O’Brien broke early for second base and Waseca threw the ball into centerfield allowing Fering to score the third run of the inning. O’Brien advanced to third on a wild pitch. Bleess eventually walked and stole second. Storbeck came to the plate and lined a single to left field to score two more runs and put the Bucs on top 5-0 after the first inning.
The Bluejays scored one run in the top of the third inning but BEA plated two runs in their half of the third.
The Bucs loaded the bases with two outs. Nagel reached base by a walk to drive in one run and Karson Legred was hit by a pitch to drive in the other run to give BEA a 7-1 lead after three complete innings.
It was a fourth inning disaster for Waseca. It started when Buc’s lead-off batter Luke Mertens was hit by a pitch and took second base on a wild pitch. Mertens scored when the Bluejays misplayed O’Brien’s grounder to the pitcher for an error at first base.
Bleess singled to move O’Brien to second base. Storbeck and?Brayden Barnett walked which scored O’Brien. Sanders hard grounder got past the shortstop scoring Bleess and Storbeck.
Nagel hit into a force out at second to give the Bluejays their first out with the Bucs having runners at the corners.
Legred drew a walk to load the bases. Barnett scored another run when Luke Carr was walked. Kyle Hagedorn came in as a pinch-hitter and drove in Nagel when he collected a base on balls.
Pinch-hitter Cooper Amundson drove in Legred by hitting into a force play at third base. Bleess then hit a bloop single to right field to bring home Hagedorn.
Singles by Storbeck and Barnett and a double by Sanders drove in the other four runs and gave the Bucs a 20-1 lead.
Storbeck pitched the first three innings to pick up the win. He gave up one run on two hits while striking out four Waseca batters. He walked one batter.
Koby Nagel pitched the fourth inning and allowed one hit while striking out two and walking one.
Bleess issued one walk and gave up one hit but struck out three Bluejay batters while working the fourth inning.
The Bucs next game was against the Eagles at New Ulm last Friday. Results of that contest will be in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.