Softball season ends with section loss
Blue Earth Area battled the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva Panthers in a hard fought contest but came up on the losing end by a score of 4-0
The Bucs outhit the Panthers 6-5 but could not get any runs across the plate as the Panthers worked out of a couple of tight spots in the late innings to preserve their victory.
NRHEG scored all the runs they would need in the bottom of the first inning.
The Panthers utilized a walk, a stolen base and a double to score their first run of the game. A wild pitch and a single scored the second run. The third run came in on a ground out and NRHEG led 3-0 after one inning.
The Bucs did not have their first base runner until the third inning when Clara Ziegler reached first on a walk. Roxanne Quintero followed with a single to left field to put runners on first and second. The Panthers defense stiffened and recorded three consecutive outs to get out of the inning unscathed.
The Panthers added another run in the fourth inning to take a 4-0 lead.
BEA managed to load the bases in the bottom of the sixth inning. Singles by Sidney Blagg and Lauren Madetzke followed by a walk to Amarrah Harris put a Buc runner at every base. The Panthers were able to get out ouf the inning when BEA hit a ground out to end the threat.
The Bucs mounted another threat in the top of the seventh inning. Quintero hit a one-out single to center and Grace Roiger followed with a single to right field to advance Quintero to third base. Once again the NRHEG defense squashed the rally. A pop out to the first baseman and a ground out to the second baseman ended the game with the Panthers on top 4-0.
Quintero and Roiger each had two hits in the game. Blagg and Madetzke finished with one hit apiece.
Madetzke went the distance for the Bucs. The junior hurler allowed four runs on five hits. BEA committed three errors. Madetzke struck out six batters and walked one.
The Bucs won four of their last 10 games to finish with a 3-9 conference record and 4-14 overall.