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Bucs ousted from Section playoffs

Offense fails to produce enough runs in 5-2 loss to the Panthers

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Jun 13, 2021

Anthony Carr was on the mound for Blue Earth Area.

When the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers baseball team traveled to New Richland back on May 11, they came home with an 18-2 victory.

However, when the two teams met again in a Section 2AA elimination game on Saturday, June 5, it was the Panthers who came out on top by a 5-2 score.

The game was played at Walsh Field in Gaylord with the Bucs being the home team on the scoreboard.

BEA pitcher Anthony Carr had faced only one batter over the minimum through the first three innings of the game. Meanwhile, the Bucs combined three hits and a hit batter to score two runs in the bottom of the third inning.

Luke Schonborn led off the inning with a sharp single to left field. Ryan Madetzke was hit by a pitch and Parker Meyers had a bunt single to load the bases.

Following a strikeout, a bunt single by Keegan O’Brien plated Schonborn with the first run of the game. First baseman Anders Fering was up next and launched a ball to deep right-center field. Had it not been for the strong wind blowing in from the outfield, Fering’s drive would have likely been a home run. Instead, the Panther’s center fielder made a great catch for out number two. Soren Fering, who was a courtesy runner for catcher Madetzke, tagged up and scored from third base for BEA’s second run.

New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to tie the game at 2-2.

The Panthers continued their stellar play in the field. They committed no errors and made a couple diving catches in the outfield.

The Bucs had runners on first and second with only one out in the bottom of the sixth inning. Logan O’Hara smashed a line drive which the shortstop was able to catch and then throw to second base to complete a double play.

NRHEG scored three runs with two outs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 5-2 lead and then held BEA scoreless in the bottom of the inning to secure the victory.

Carr pitched 6 2/3 innings. He allowed five runs, four earned. He gave up seven hits, walked one and struck out four Panther’s batters.

Meyers had two singles for the Bucs, who had five hits during the game. BEA batters put the ball in play with Buccaneer batters striking out only once during the game. O’Brien and Fering each had an RBI in the game.

BEA ends the season with a record of 15-8. Seniors playing in their last game were Anders Fering, Ryan Madetzke, Luke Mertens and Keegan O’Brien.