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Bucs rally to defeat Trojans 9-5

Team scored four runs in bottom of fourth inning to gain victory

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | May 23, 2021

Luke Schonborn turns on the jets as third base coach Todd Schmidtke waves him home against Windom.

The Blue Earth Area baseball team rebounded from a loss at Windom on Saturday, May 15, to defeat the Worthington Trojans on May 18. The game was played at Veterans Field in Blue Earth.

A light drizzle was present through most of the game but the weather did not dampen the Bucs’ spirits, who rallied from a 5-4 deficit to defeat the Trojans 9-5.

BEA scored the opening run of the contest in the second inning when Ryan Madetzke’s single to left plated Parker Meyers, who had reached base on a walk.

Worthington tied the game in the top of the third but BEA scored three times in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-1 lead after three complete innings.

The Trojans utilized an outfield single, a walk and a bunt single to load the bases in the top of the fourth inning. A double and another single brought in a total of four runs and gave the visitors a 5-4 lead.

It did not last long.

Keegan O’Brien led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a line shot which got by the Worthington third baseman. Adam Schavey was hit by a pitch to bring Anders Fering to the plate. Fering hit a ball to deep left-center for a double. O’Brien scored easily and Schavey slid home ahead of the tag while Fering advanced to third on the throw to the plate.

Fering scored on Luke Mertens’ hard hit grounder which resulted in an error by the shortstop. Mertens moved to second base on a wild pitch and to third on an infield single by Kean Hicks. Mertens scored on a grounder by Logan O’Hara when the Trojans forced Hicks at second but could not get the double play when O’Hara beat the relay to first.

The Bucs scored one more time in the bottom of the fifth inning without getting a hit. O’Brien was hit by a pitch, stole second base, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Schavey and scored on a wild pitch.

BEA finished the game with nine runs on seven hits while committing three errors. Worthington had five runs on eight hits and was charged with two errors.

O’Hara, who came on in relief of starter Taylor Davids in the fourth inning, picked up the win. The junior hurler allowed one earned run, three hits and one walk. He struck out two batters.

BEA had two extra-base hits in the game with Fering and Mertens each collecting a double.

The Bucs improved their record to 12-5. They played St. James Area in Blue Earth on Friday, May 21. Look for results of that game in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.