Bucs’ tourney run comes to an end
Blue Earth Area lost two consecutive games for the first time this year. Unfortunately the second loss, which happened Wednesday night against Le Sueur-Henderson, knocked them out of the Section 2AA tournament and brought their season to an end.
The Buccaneers game against the Giants was an elimination game which was played on June 5. After being defeated by St. Peter on June 1, BEA needed to defeat LSH to stay alive in the tournament. The outcome of the game was not decided until the final stanza with the Giants winning 4-3.
BEA jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning and increased their margin over the Giants to 3-0 after three complete innings.
LSH scored one run in the bottom of the fourth inning and two in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game up at 3-3.
The score remained the same until the bottom of the seventh inning when the Giants were able to push the winning run across the plate to claim a 4-3 victory and advance to take on the St. Peter Saints on June 6.
Though it was a tough loss for the Bucs, their coach, Todd Schmidtke, was proud of his team.
“We haven’t had this many wins in a season (16) since the early 2000s,” Schmidtke stated. “These boys played their heart out and played as a team. I am very proud of them.”
The Bucs began their season by winning their first five games, including back-to-back wins over Fairmont and New Ulm. Another big win for the squad was a victory over Marshall on May 14.
Eleven of BEA’s 24 games were decided by one run with the Bucs having a 7-4 record in those games.
The loss to the Giants not only ended the season for the Maroon and Gold, but also brought an end to the high school baseball careers of the four seniors on the team. Those seniors are Brayden Barnett, Hunter Bleess, Kyle Hagedorn and Karson Legred.
Bleess and Legred plan on continuing their baseball careers in college as members of the Bethany Lutheran Vikings in Mankato.
St. Peter 3, BEA 2
The Bucs suffered their first loss of the Section 2AA baseball playoffs by a 3-2 score to the St. Peter Saints.
BEA fell behind in the bottom of the first inning as the Saints combined a hit batsman, an error, a wild pitch and a single to grab an early 2-0 lead.
The Bucs got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth inning. Koby Nagel drew a one-out walk and took second on an errant pick-off attempt at first base. He advanced to third base when Keegan O’Brien hit into a fielder’s choice and came home on Brayden Barnett’s single.
BEA tied the score in the top of the fifth inning. Hunter Bleess singled to left followed by a bunt single by Caelan Sanders. Bleess came around to score on a Karson Legred single to tie the game at 2-2.
The Saints got their lead-off hitter on in the bottom of the seventh inning when he was hit by a pitch. He moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt. The Bucs issued an intentional walk to the next batter to put runners on first and second. A fielder’s choice left the Saints with runners on the corners with two outs. The winning run scored on a wild pitch to give the Saints a 3-2 victory.