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Cannon Falls defeats the Bucs 3-0

Team remains alive in double-elimination Section 2AA tournament

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Jun 6, 2021

Anders Fering raises a cloud of dust and slides safely into third base when the ball gets away from the third baseman. Fering had reached first on a walk and advanced to third when the Cannon Falls left fielder bobbled the ball on a single by BEA’s Luke Mertens.

Blue Earth Area played host to the Cannon Falls Bombers on June 3 in the third round of the Section 2AA baseball playoffs.

The Bombers used a combination of two hits and two BEA errors to score three runs in the second inning. Meanwhile, their ace pitcher, Riley Miller, held the Bucs scoreless to give Cannon Falls the 3-0 victory.

The loss moved BEA into the loser’s bracket of the double elimination tournament where they faced New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva on Saturday, June 5, at Gaylord. The results of that contest will be in next week’s edition of The Faribault County Register.

The Bucs had an opportunity to take the lead in the bottom half of the first inning but had one runner caught stealing and another picked off first base by the left-handed throwing Miller. The third batter for BEA was Anders Fering, who walked. Had the first two runners still been on base, the Bucs would have had the bases loaded with zero outs instead of a runner on first with two outs.

The fourth batter, Luke Mertens, laced a single to left to move Fering to third. A ground ball out ended the inning. It was the only time BEA had a runner reach third base.

Logan O’Hara was on the mound for the Bucs and went the distance. He gave up three unearned runs, struck out two and walked on batter.

BEA outhit Cannon Falls by a 5-3 margin.

BEA 8, K-W 5

Blue Earth Area defeated Kenyon-Wanamingo 8-5 on Tuesday, June 1, in the second round of Section 2AA baseball tournament played in Blue Earth.

The Bucs remained undefeated in the double-elimination part of the tournament while the Knights have one loss.

K-W, seeded seventh, scored first against No. 2-seeded BEA by connecting for four straight singles to begin the game.

The Knights had scored two runs and had runners on first and second base with zero outs when Bucs’ pitcher Anthony Carr got the next K-W batter to fly out to shallow left field.

BEA recorded their second out when catcher Ryan Madetzke caught the runner on first base getting too far off of the bag and fired it to first baseman Anders Fering who applied the tag for the second out. Shortstop Parker Meyers recorded the third out by fielding a ground ball and stepping on second base for a force out to limit the Knights to two runs.

Carr found his groove after the first inning and did not allow another hit until the top of the seventh inning.

Meanwhile the Bucs got one run back in the bottom of the second inning. Kean Hicks hit a two-out single up the middle and scored on a double by Luke Schonborn.

The Bucs scored three more times in the bottom of the third inning to take a 4-2 lead.

Adam Schavey was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. He stole second base and went to third on a wild pitch. After an infield pop up, Anders Fering walked and went to second on defensive indifference. Luke Mertens was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Logan O’Hara hit a ground ball which forced out Mertens at second but scored Schavey. O’Hara advanced to second on defensive indifference and both Fering and O’Hara came home on Ryan Madetzke’s line drive single to left field. BEA led 4-2 after three innings.

The Bucs would add four more runs in the bottom of the fourth to take an 8-2 lead. The Maroon and Gold then withstood a seventh inning rally with Taylor Davids coming on in relief of Carr to record the final two outs.

“Our boys did not get down when K-W went up 2-0 against Anthony, who is arguably our best pitcher. It was a definite team win with so many different guys contributing,” head coach Todd Schmidtke commented. “Taylor Davids came in and threw strikes and preserved the win.”

Carr pitched 6 1/3 innings to get the win. He was charged with all five runs, four which were earned. He gave up seven hits and three walks while striking out four batters.

Madetzke and O’Hara each had two RBI. Keegan O’Brien, Fering, Mertens and Schonborn each recorded one RBI.

BEA 10, GFW 3

The Bucs used the long ball to score four of their runs on the way to a 10-3 triumph over the Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop Thunderbirds.

Keegan O’Brien hit a two-run home run as part of a five-run first inning to get the Bucs off to a fast start.

Logan O’Hara added a two-run homer in the second inning to put BEA on top 7-0 after two innings.

The Bucs added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning when Keegan O’Brien singled, stole second base and moved to third on a wild pitch. O’Brien scored when Anders Fering reached on an error. Pinch runner Noah Johnson took Fering’s place on the base-paths and moved to second on a balk and to third on a wild pitch. Johnson scored on a sacrifice fly by Luke Mertens.

Caleb Langager came in to run for Mertens and eventually scored on a single by Ryan Madetzke.

O’Hara went the distance to pick up the win.