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Bucs split doubleheader with Tigers

By Staff | May 19, 2019

Hunter Bleess drives a pitch against WEM. The Bucs won two and lost two in the last week.

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers and the Marshall Tigers split a baseball doubleheader on May 14 in Blue Earth, each team winning by identical 4-3 scores.

BEA 4, Marshall 3

The Bucs took the first game with Gavin Storbeck turning in a strong pitching performance going six innings, allowing only two hits and three runs. Hunter Bleess worked a scoreless seventh inning to pick up the save.

BEA took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Koby Nagel walked and advanced to second base on Caelan Sanders sacrifice bunt. Marshall’s attempt to pick Nagel off at second base sailed into center field allowing Nagel to move to third base. Following a walk to Hunter Bleess, the Bucs pulled off a double steal as Nagel scored for the Bucs.

Marshall used a walk, a double and a sacrifice fly to score two runs in the top of the second to take a 2-1 lead.

The Bucs tied the game in the bottom half of the third inning.

Hunter Bleess drew a two-out walk and took second on an errant pick-off attempt at first base. Anders Fering’s single to left scored Bleess to make it a 2-2 ballgame.

BEA added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to go up 4-2. Karson Legred led off with a single but was forced out at second when Luke Mertens hit into a fielder’s choice. Mertens was running with the pitch when Keegan O’Brien smacked a double which allowed Mertens to score. O’Brien took third base on a passed ball and scored on Brayden Barnett’s double.

The Tigers scored one run in the top of the fifth to pull within one run of the Bucs but were held scoreless in the sixth and seventh innings to give BEA the 4-3 win.

Marshall 4, BEA 3

The Tigers were the home team for the second half of the doubleheader and they defeated the Bucs 4-3.

BEA scored a run in the top of the second inning without getting a hit. Luke Mertens got on base with a walk and scored on a Marshall error at third base on a ball hit by Calean Sanders.

Marshall tied it up in the bottom of the third inning but the Bucs added another run in the top of the fourth.

Mertens drew his second walk of the game and came around to score on hits by Sanders and Brayden Barnett.

Marshall scored once in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game at 2-2. The Tigers tallied two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 4-2 lead.

BEA rallied for one run in the top of the seventh inning but fell short in their comeback attempt to give Marshall the 4-3 win.

BEA 11, WEM 0

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers baseball team pitching staff received some much needed rest on Saturday, May 11. Freshman Logan O’Hara came up from the junior varsity squad to pitch a five-inning, complete game shutout as BEA downed the Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Buccaneers 11-0 in a game played at Waterville.

O’Hara retired six of the first seven batters he faced and needed only 68 pitches to claim his first varsity win.

The right hander gave up two hits and struck out four batters while issuing three walks, one of which was intentional.

Meanwhile, O’Hara’s teammates jumped on WEM’s pitching for five runs in the first inning.

Caelan Sanders hit a one-out single and stole second base. Hunter Bleess drew a base on balls and both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch. Anders Fering’s single drove in Sanders and Bleess with the first two runs of the game.

A walk to Karson Legred and a wild pitch put runners on first and third. O’Hara hit into a force out at second which scored Fering from third. A single by Luke Mertens and a walk to Gavin Storbeck loaded the bases. Keegan O’Brien’s single plated O’Hara and Mertens to give BEA a 5-0 lead.

The Maroon and Gold added a run in the top of the third. With two outs, the visiting Bucs filled the bases with a walk, hit batsmen and an error. WEM’s pitcher could not find the plate as he walked Sanders with BEA’s sixth run of the game.

Fering led off the top half of the fourth inning with a double and scored on two wild pitches to make it 7-0 in favor of the Maroon and Gold.

BEA added four more runs in their half of the fifth inning to increase their lead to 11-0. O’Hara retired WEM in order in the bottom of the fifth inning to end the game.

Fering led the way offensively for BEA with three hits and four RBIs, Mertens also had a multiple hit game with two hits and an RBI. O’Brien drove in two runs on one hit. The Bucs totaled nine hits for the game.

Fairmont 4, BEA 1

It was a proverbial pitcher’s dual as Blue Earth hosted Fairmont in baseball on Thursday, May 9. The teams were locked in a 1-1 tie through the first 10 innings. The Cardinals broke through with three runs in the fourth extra inning and then held the Bucs scoreless in the bottom of the 11th inning to claim a 4-1 victory.

The starting pitchers for both teams, Jack Hested for the Cards and Gavin Storbeck for the Bucs, each surrendered one run during their six innings of work.

Fairmont took a one run lead in the top of the third inning and the Bucs tied it up in the bottom of the fifth. Hunter Bleess reached base on a single and came home later in the inning when Luke Mertens singled to the outfield.

Both teams had runners in scoring position numerous times as the game progressed but were unable to bring any runs home.

A one-out single by the Cards followed by a BEA error put two men on base for the visitors in the top of the 11th inning. Dustin Schultz then connected for a double deep to left field to drive in what would turn out to be the game-winning run. Before they were done, Fairmont had built a three run lead which they preserved for the 4-1 victory.

Anders Fering and Mertens each had two hits for the Bucs. Bleess, Koby Nagel, Karson Legred and Keegan O’Brien each recorded one hit for the Maroon and Gold. Fering had the only extra-base hit, a double in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Storbeck started the game and pitched six 1/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out 10 batters and issuing five walks.

Nagel worked the last five innings, giving up three runs, only one earned, while surrendering four hits, striking out four and walking seven batters. A number of the walks were intentional walks.

The Bucs record after the game stood at 6-3 in the Big South Conference and 10-5 overall.