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Cards down Bucs 2-1 in close game

Maroon and Gold baseball team wins 2, loses 2 in last week’s action

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | May 16, 2021

Somewhere in the dust is BEA’s Anders Fering who slid into home safely while the NRHEG’s catcher chased after the baseball which had gotten by him. The Bucs downed the Panthers to improve their record to 11-3.

Interstate 90 rivals Fairmont and Blue Earth Area met at Veterans Field in Blue Earth for their only scheduled meeting on the diamond this year last Thursday, May 13.

There were only a total of six hits in the contest. Fairmont had four hits off of BEA freshman Taylor Davids while the Bucs were held to just two hits off of Cardinal ace Zach Jorgensen.

In the end it was the Cardinals who prevailed and they went home with a 2-1 victory.

Fairmont scored one run in the first inning and added a second run in the third inning. BEA plated their run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The Cardinals scored their initial run on a walk, a stolen base and two groundouts to take a 1-0 lead.

Davids gave up his only walk of the game in the top of the third inning. A groundout to first baseman Anders Fering advanced the runner to second base and he scored on a single up the middle to put Fairmont up 2-0.

The Bucs scored their run when Fering walked and reached third when the Cardinals’ second baseman failed to field Luke Mertens’ hard-hit ground ball and committed an error. Fering scored when Kean Hicks hit into a force play with Mertens out at second base.

Davids went the distance for BEA and struck out one batter.

Keegan O’Brien and Parker Meyers got the only hits for Blue Earth Area, whose record is now 11-4.

BEA 18, NRHEG 2

The Blue Earth Area baseball team traveled to New Richland on Tuesday, May 11, and picked up their 12th victory of the year by defeating the Panthers 18-2.

BEA wasted little time getting on the scoreboard against New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva. Lead-off batter Keegan O’Brien was hit by a pitch, Adam Schavey beat out an infield hit and Anders Fering drew a walk to load the bases and bring Luke Mertens to the plate.

Mertens hit a grounder to the third baseman who threw to home to force out O’Brien. However, the catcher’s throw to the first baseman, in an attempt to complete a double play, missed its mark and ended up in right field which allowed Schavey and a hustling Fering to score the game’s first two runs.

It was not just the Bucs’ offense making big plays, the defense chipped in too. The Panther’s led off the bottom of the first inning with a triple. BEA catcher Ryan Madetzke caught the runner getting too large of a lead off of third base and fired the ball to third baseman Mertens who applied the tag for the out. The Bucs also recorded a couple of double plays during the game.

BEA added five more runs in the top of the second and another run in the top of the third and held an 8-1 lead after three innings.

O’Brien was the hitting star for the Bucs. The right fielder had a single, two doubles and a triple to drive in seven runs.

Parker Meyers, Schavey and Logan O’Hara each had two hits and Colton Hubly stroked a double as part of BEA’s 14-hit total.

Anthony Carr started on the mound and allowed two runs, one which was earned, while giving up five hits and striking out three Panther batters. He did not issue a walk in 3 1/3 innings of work.

O’Hara did not allow a hit or a run in 2 2/3 innings of relief. Anders Fering came on to pitch the last inning and gave up one hit.

The Bucs improved to 11-3 for the season while NRHEG fell to 5-6.

BEA 12, Luverne 5

The Blue Earth Area baseball team traveled to Luverne for a doubleheader on Thursday, May 6, and gained a split with the Class AA No. 3-ranked Cardinals.

Luverne started the day with a perfect 10-0 record and took a 3-0 lead after the first two innings of the opening game.

The Bucs scored once in the top of the third and added two more runs in the top of the fifth to tie the game 3-3.

The Cardinals tallied one run in the home half of the fifth inning to go back on top 4-3.

BEA scored once in the top of the sixth inning to momentarily knot the score at 4-4, but Luverne added one more run in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-4 lead heading into the Bucs’ last at bat.

The Maroon and Gold started hitting the ball and the Cardinals committed multiple errors leading to an eight-run seventh inning for the Bucs which gave them a 12-5 lead.

Logan O’Hara, who had come on in relief of starting pitcher Taylor Davids in the fifth inning, got the final three outs and BEA handed Luverne their first loss of the season, 12-5.

The Bucs scored their 12 runs on nine hits and six Cardinal errors. Luverne had eight hits while scoring five runs. BEA committed two errors.

Luverne 25, BEA 0

The Cardinals were the visiting team on the scoreboard in the second game and they jumped on Bucs’ pitching for 10 first-inning runs. They used four hits, one hit batsman, six walks and a sacrifice fly to plate 10 runners.

They would add two more runs in the second inning, eight in the third and five in the fourth inning to account for their 25 runs.

BEA’s bats were largely silent until the final inning when Parker Meyers broke up the no-hitter by the Luverne pitcher with a single to right field. Kean Hicks also singled in the final inning.

BEA’s record was 10-3 after the contests while Luverne’s record was 11-1.