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Bucs hand Jaguars their first defeat

By Staff | May 5, 2019

Keegan O’Brien slides home with one of Blue Earth Area’s two runs against the New Ulm Eagles. The game was close until the Eagles put together a six-run fourth inning to put the game out of reach for the Bucs. BEA has a 4-2 record in the Big South Conference.

A five-run second inning was more than the Blue Earth Area baseball team needed as they went on to defeat the Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman Jaguars 10-0 in a five-inning, 10-run rule contest.

The non-conference victory improved the Buc’s overall record to 7-2 while their record in the Big South Conference is 4-2.

The previously unbeaten Jags came into the game with a record of 6-0. They were unable to muster much offense against BEA starter Gavin Storbeck who surrendered only three hits while going the distance to pick up the win.

Storbeck struck out six batters while issuing only one walk during the game. The Jaguars never advanced a runner past second base.

After going quietly in the first inning the Bucs did some damage in the bottom of the second inning.

Anders Fering drew a base on balls and Koby Nagel reached on a bunt single. A failed sacrifice bunt attempt resulted in Fering being forced out at third. Hunter Bleess came to the plate and lined a ball down the left-field line to score Nagel from second. A walk to Storbeck loaded the bases. Brayden Barnett came to the plate next and was hit by a pitch scoring another run.

BEA scored their next run on a passed ball. Keegan O’Brien delivered a single to plate the last two runs of the inning for a 5-0 Buccaneer lead.

Fering led off the third inning for the Bucs with a single. He made it to third following a stolen base and a throwing error. A single by Bleess scored Fering to put BEA on top 6-0 after three innings.

The Bucs needed just one hit in the fourth inning to score a run. Barnett singled to left and stole second and third base. A passed ball allowed Barnett to scamper home from third base with BEA’s seventh run of the game.

The Bucs ended the game in the bottom of the fifth inning by scoring three runs on three walks, a hit and three errors to give BEA a 10-run margin over the Jags.

An April 30 game at Worthington was rained out and rescheduled for May 6, at 5:30 p.m. The Bucs were also scheduled to host St. James on Friday, May 3, and then travel to Windom to play in an invitational tournament on May 4.

Results of these games will appear in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.

New Ulm 12, BEA 2

A big fourth inning by New Ulm put the game out of reach as the Blue Earth Area baseball team dropped a 12-2 decision to the Eagles in New Ulm on Friday, April 26.

The Eagles plated single runs in the first and second innings to take a 2-0 lead heading into the top of the third inning.

BEA scored twice in the top of the third to tie the game at 2-2.

Keegan O’Brien hit a one-out single to right field to get a man on for the Bucs. Karson Legred followed with a single to center to put runners on first and second base.

A fly out to left field gave the Bucs two outs. Koby Nagel stepped to the plate and delivered a single which scored O’Brien and advanced Legred to third base.

Nagel was safe stealing second and Legred scored on the throw to second base to knot the game at 2-2.

It did not take long for New Ulm to retake the lead. With runners on first and second and two outs, the Eagles hit a clutch single to score one runner before BEA could get out of the inning.

Hunter Bleess led off the top of the fourth with a single and advanced to second on Gavin Storbeck’s sacrifice bunt. Bleess remained stranded in scoring position as the Bucs could not generate a hit to bring him home.

The bottom of the fourth inning saw New Ulm combine six singles, three walks, a hit batsman and a wild pitch to score six times and take a 9-2 lead.

Following a scoreless top of the sixth inning by the Bucs, the Eagles tallied three more runs to go up 12-2 and end the game by the 10-run rule.

The teams split their games this season with BEA winning 5-4 earlier in the year on their home field. It was the first loss on the road for the Bucs this season. Their overall record following this game was 6-2.