Softball team notches first victory
Blue Earth Area took on the Waseca Bluejays for the second straight week in softball. After being on the wrong end of a Waseca rally last week, the Bucs came away with a 9-7 victory in Blue Earth on April 29. It was the first victory of the year for the Maroon and Gold.
The ‘Jays broke out on top in the first inning with three runs.
BEA responded with two runs in the bottom half of the first inning. With one out, Carla Leyva drew a walk on four pitches. Adrianna Granillo hit into a fielder’s choice with Leyva being forced out at second base. Lauren Madetzke walked to put runners on first and second base with two outs. McKenna Dutton’s double to center field scored both runners to make it a 3-2 ballgame in Waseca’s favor.
The Bluejays expanded their lead to 6-2 with three more runs in the top of the second inning, but the Bucs came back with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
Miya Gustafson led off the inning with a single. Following a strike out, Grace Roiger gained first base with a base on balls. Sidney Blagg followed with a double to left field to score Gustafson and advance Roiger to third base.
A pop out to the pitcher made it two outs. Granillo then connected for a clutch two-out single which scored Roiger and Blagg and made the score 6-5 with Waseca still in the lead.
BEA held the Bluejays scoreless in the top of the third and then scored four times in the home half of the inning to take a 9-6 lead.
Dutton singled, took second on a passed ball and scored on a Waseca error. Emma Dahl walked, stole second and advanced to third on an error by the Waseca catcher.
Gustafson and Amarrah Harris drew walks to load the bases. Blagg walked to force in Dahl. Leyva walked to force in Gustafson and Granillo walked to force in Harris, making it a 9-6 game with BEA on top.
Waseca scored one run in the top of the fourth inning but the Bucs retired the ‘Jays 1-2-3 in the fifth and sixth innings.
The Bluejays tried to mount a rally in the top of the seventh inning and had two runners on when they connected for another hit. BEA was able to throw a runner out at home for the second out before a groundout ended the game and secured the Buc’s victory.
Dutton and Gustafson each had two hits for BEA. Dutton and Blagg had doubles for the home team.
Madetzke went the distance on the mound to pick up her first win of the season.
Rain forced the cancellation of a home game against Windom scheduled for Tuesday, April 26. It has been rescheduled for May 11 with a start time of 11 a.m.
New Ulm 7, BEA 1
It was another tough loss for the Blue Earth Area softball team when they traveled to New Ulm on Friday, April 26, to take on the Eagles.
The Bucs gave up four runs to the Eagles in the first inning and were unable to recover as they dropped the contest by a score of 7-1.
BEA got on the scoreboard in the top of the second inning. Lauren Madetzke opened the inning with a single and scampered to third on a single by Emma Dahl.
Madetzke came home with the Buc’s only run of the game when Dahl was thrown out trying to steal second base.
New Ulm added single runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings while the Bucs were only able to manage one more hit, a single by Sydney Blagg in the third inning.