Bucs score 22 runs, improve to 7-1
Team belts three home runs in lopsided victory over the Jaguars
Blue Earth Area belted three home runs, including two grand slams, in their 22-5 victory over the Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain Jaguars in baseball action on Monday, April 26.
The Bucs tallied 17 total hits during the game, which was played in Truman.
After the Jaguars had recorded two outs in the top of the first inning, Anders Fering kept the inning alive with a single. Luke Mertens followed with a double down the left field line to put runners on second and third. Ryan Madetzke was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Logan O’Hara came to the plate and hit a two ball one strike pitch over the centerfield fence for a grand slam home run to give BEA a 4-0 lead.
Two innings later Mertens came to the plate with Adam Schavey on third base and Fering on second. The senior third baseman sent a ball sailing over the left field fence for a three-run homer and a 7-0 lead for the Bucs.
BEA’s final home run came in the top of the sixth inning. The Maroon and Gold had already plated five runs in the inning and were leading 16-5. Fering came to the plate with Luke Schonborn on third base, Keegan O’Brien on second and Schavey on first.
The left-handed swinging first baseman launched a high fly ball that carried beyond the fence in right field for a grand slam and a 20-5 BEA lead.
Pitcher Anthony Carr was the benefactor of the Bucs’ run output. He pitched all six innings and allowed five runs – two earned – while giving up seven hits. The junior hurler struck out seven Jaguar batters and walked two.
Five BEA batters had multiple-hit games. Mertens was 4-for-4, walked once, had a double, home run, scored five runs and had five RBIs.
Fering was 3-for-5 with a grand slam. He scored four runs and had six RBIs.
Parker Meyers had three hits in five trips to the plate. He scored twice and had an RBI.
Kean Hicks was 2-for-4. He scored twice and had two RBIs.
Luke Schonborn had two hits in four plate appearances. He doubled, scored twice and had two RBIs.
Ryan Madetzke made four trips to the plate and was hit by a pitch and walked two times.
The win improves the Bucs’ overall record to 7-1.
BEA 8, JCC 6
Blue Earth Area scored five runs against Jackson County Central in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie. The Bucs then had to squash a Huskies’ rally in the top of the seventh inning to escape Veterans Field in Blue Earth with an 8-6 Big South Conference victory.
Parker Meyers and Kean Hicks began BEA’s sixth inning by reaching base via walks. Luke Schonborn was then tasked with bunting the runners to second and third.
The speedy Schonborn placed a perfect bunt down the first base line for an infield hit to load the bases and bring up the top of the order.
Meyers raced home when an errant pickoff throw by the catcher to the third baseman sailed into left field. Hicks and Schonborn each advanced a base.
Keegan O’Brien was at the plate and struck out. However, the catcher dropped the third strike and had to throw to first base to get O’Brien out. Hicks raced for home and beat the throw from the first baseman to score the second run of the inning with Schonborn advancing to third base.
Schonborn hustled home on a suicide-squeeze bunt by Adam Schavey and the Bucs now led 6-3.
Anders Fering walked and advanced to third when Luke Mertens reached on an error. The pair of BEA football linemen pulled off a double steal to put the Bucs up 7-3.
A double to left off the bat of Ryan Madetzke brought home Mertens to give BEA an 8-3 lead.
The Huskies rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh inning before pitcher Logan O’Hara got the final two outs with a strike out and a ground out to third.
O’Brien started for the Bucs and pitched 4 2/3 innings. He allowed three runs – two earned – on six hits. He walked six batters while striking out four.
O’Hara pitched the final 2 1/3 innings and was charged with three runs - two earned – on three hits. The junior right-hander struck out three JCC batters, walked one and hit two batters.
BEA improved to 6-1 overall while the Huskies dropped to 2-2.