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Bucs play five games in five days

By Staff | May 12, 2019

Keegan O’Brien slides into second base at the Windom Invitational Tournament last Saturday. The Bucs baseball team defeated Windom 4-3 in the first game of the day before dropping the second game to Fairmont in extra innings, 4-3.

Blue Earth Area stopped their two-game losing skid in a big way with an 11-2 victory over the host St. Peter Saints on Tuesday, May 7.

The Bucs scored all five of their first inning runs after the Saints had recorded two outs.

Koby Nagel hit a one out single to center and stole second base. A pop out gave the Bucs two outs. Anders Fering singled to score Nagel with the first run of the game. Hunter Bleess drew a base on balls sending Fering to second. Keegan O’Brien’s single to center scored Fering. A single to right field by Luke Mertens scored Bleess and advanced O’Brien to third.

Mertens then broke early during the pitchers windup and in an effort to throw Mertens out, the pitcher committed a balk to score O’Brien with the fourth run and send Mertens to second.

The Saints committed an error on a ball hit by Gavin Storbeck resulting in Mertens touching the plate for the fifth run of the inning for the Bucs.

BEA added two more runs in the top of the second. Caelan Sanders singled, stole second and scored on Nagel’s double. Karson Legred laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Nagel to third base. Nagel came home on an infield grounder by Fering.

The Saints scored their two runs in the bottom of the second inning while the Bucs added four more runs in the top of the sixth inning.

Bleess pitched 5 2/3 innings to pick up the win. Storbeck came in to record the final four outs.

With the win the Bucs improve their record to 6-2 in the Big South Conference and 10-4 overall.

Worthington 12, BEA 1

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers fell to the Worthington Trojans in five innings on Monday, May 6, by a 12-1 score.

BEA?managed one run in the top of the first before Worthington jumped on the visiting Bucs with four first inning runs, aided in part by two BEA errors.

A big fourth inning by the Trojans sealed the Buc’s fate and gave Worthington the victory.

Fairmont 4, BEA 3

Blue Earth Area has won a number of one run games this season, including a game earlier in the day against Windom. However, it was the Fairmont Cardinals who came out on top over the Bucs with a 4-3 victory in extra innings.

The two Big South Conference foes faced off in a non-conference tilt in the second game of the Windom Invitational Tournament on Saturday, May 4.

Fairmont was the home team for this game and got on the board first with one run in the bottom of the second inning.

BEA scored all three of their runs in the fourth inning. The Cardinals tied the game in the bottom of the seventh inning and scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth.

Anders Fering had two of the Buc’s five hits with Caelan Sanders, Hunter Bleess and Gavin Storbeck each having one hit.

BEA 4, Windom 3

The Bucs pounded out 13 hits to defeat Windom by a score of 4-3 in the opening game of the Windom Invitational Tournament

BEA scored one run in the third inning, two in the fourth and one in the fifth and then held off a Windom rally in the bottom of the seventh to gain the win.

Hunter Bleess, Karson Legred, Koby Nagel, Luke Mertens and Logan O’Hara each had two hits for the Bucs. Legred had three RBIs while Mertens drove in the other run.

Koby Nagel picked up the win hurling five innings and giving up two runs on four hits while striking out five.

BEA 7, St. James 3

Blue Earth Area rebounded from a 3-0 first inning deficit to defeat the visiting St. James Saints 7-3 on Friday, May 3.

After giving up three runs to the Saints in the top of the first inning, the Bucs held the visitors scoreless for the remainder of the game.

BEA got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the second inning.

Anders Fering reached first base when the Saints infielders misplayed a pop up. Koby Nagel followed with a single to put runners on first and second. Luke Mertens laid down a sacrifice bunt allowing the runners to advance to second and third base.

Hunter Bleess hit into a ground out with Fering scoring on the play and Nagel moving to third. Gavin Storbeck’s double brought home Nagel and the Bucs trailed 3-2 after two innings.

BEA tallied two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead for good.

Fering reached first on an infield hit. He moved to second on an infield ground out. Bleess hit a two-out double to score Fering. Bleess stole third base and Storbeck was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners. Storbeck broke for second and Bleess scored when the Saints attempted to throw Storbeck out and BEA took a 4-3 lead after four innings.

The Maroon and Gold added three insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Keegan O’Brien and Karson Legred both singled to put runners on first and second. O’Brien and Legred each moved up a base courtesy of a passed ball.

O’Brien scored on an infield error with Legred taking third. After a BEA runner was picked off of first base, Nagel stepped to the plate and smacked a 2-run homer over the left field fence to make it 7-3 in favor of the Bucs.

BEA finished the game with seven runs on 10 hits while committing one error.

Hunter Bleess was the winning pitcher in relief. The Bucs allowed five hits during the game.