Bucs honored by Big South Conference
Four players from the Blue Earth Area baseball team received post-season honors from the Big South Conference. Making the all-conference team were Hunter Bleess, Karson Legred and Koby Nagel. Named as honorable mention was Anders Fering.
“I was pleased for these guys,” head coach Todd Schmidtke said.
“We had wonderful senior leadership from Hunter Bleess, Karson Legred, Brayden Barnett and Kyle Hagedorn,” Schmidtke commented. “They were a big part of our success this year.”
Bleess, a senior, batted .364 for the year and led the team in walks. He had eight stolen bases 15 RBIs and six doubles. He also tied for second on the team with 23 runs scored.
As a pitcher, Bleess compiled a 4-3 record. He pitched 52 innings and recorded 80 strike outs. His ERA was 3.23.
“Hunter was a solid performer who found a way to get on base and pitched a lot of innings for us,” Schmidtke stated.
Legred, also a senior, had
a .397 batting average and led the team in doubles with nine and RBIs with 23. Legred only struck out three times during the season.
“Karson worked very hard behind the plate, he caught every inning for the team this season,” Schmidtke said.
Nagel batted .389, tied for the team lead with 24 stolen bases and tied with Bleess with 23 runs scored. He also had 20 RBIs and a couple of game-winning hits.
Nagel, a junior, compiled a 4-2 record pitching while posting a 1.64 ERA . Most of his appearances were as a relief pitcher.
“Koby was a dynamic base runner and made a lot of difficult plays at shortstop,” Schmidtke explained. “We brought him in as a reliever in a lot of difficult spots.”
Fering earned his honorable mention by leading the team in hitting with a .397 batting average. He also recorded 22 RBIs and had five doubles.
“Anders played good defense at first base,” Schmidtke noted. “He batted clean-up as a sophomore and yet only struck out nine times.”
The Buccaneers finished with an overall record of 16-8 which was the most wins for a BEA team in a number of years.
“The coaching staff and I felt we had a couple of other players who deserved recognition but that’s the way it goes,” Schmidtke said.
Bleess and Legred were also named to the all-section team.