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BEA softball team improves to 4-1 | News, sports, jobs


BEA’s Destinee Griffey slides into the house as referee Rich Murry watches. Griffey beat the tag and the Fairmont catcher dropped the ball to give the Bucs another run in their 8-7 win over the Cardinals on April 11.

The Blue Earth Area softball team picked up their fourth win of the season when they traveled to St. James on April 15 and defeated the Saints 20-9 in a Big South Conference game.

The Bucs had 21 hits in the win led by Erika Gaydon, who had four hits. Four Buccaneer batters, Kylee Eckmann, Olivia Dutton, Reagan Machacek and Ashlyn Klinkner, each had three hits. Included in BEA’s hitting barrage were eight extra-base hits, including a triple from Taylor Klabunde, two doubles from Gaydon and two-baggers from Klinkner, Britney Hagedorn, Eckmann, Dutton and Machacek.

BEA scored in six of the game’s seven innings. The only inning where the Saints kept the Bucs off the board was the sixth inning.

The Maroon and Gold scored six runs in the first inning, four in the second, two in each of the third and fourth innings, one in the fifth and five in the seventh.

St. James scored four runs in the first inning, four more in the fourth inning and added a single in the fifth inning.

Dutton pitched the first inning and gave up four runs, one of which was earned. She gave up four hits, walked three and struckout one.

Eckmann picked up the win by throwing the final six innings. She allowed five runs, three earned, on four hits, while walking four and striking out six.

The Bucs scored their first point without putting the ball in play. Eckmann opened the top of the first inning by being hit by a pitch, Dutton and Machacek each walked to load the bases. Eckmann scored when Klabunde was hit by a pitch to give BEA a 1-0 lead.

After the Saints recorded two strikeouts, Claire Sullivan and Destinee Griffey each walked to force two more runs and make it 3-0. Gaydon’s first hit of the game brought home Klabunde with the fourth run of the inning.

With the bases still loaded, Eckmann walked to bring home Sullivan and make it 5-0. A single by Dutton gave Griffey the sixth and final run of the inning.

Next on the Bucs’ schedule was a doubleheader at home against the Windom Eagles on Thursday, April 16. The results of that game will appear in the Faribault County Register next week.

BEA 8, Fairmont 7

It took eight innings, but the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers defeated the Fairmont Cardinals 8-7 in softball action at the 14th Street Diamonds on Thursday, April 11.

BEA outfielder Berkley Hagedorn led off the bottom of the eighth inning with her third single of the day. Erika Gaydon laid down a perfect bunt and was safely at first base, while Hagedorn moved to second base.

Kylee Eckmann worked the count to two balls and two strikes before hitting the ball to center field for a double to bring home Hagedorn with the winning run.

“It was a great win for these girls,” Second-year co-head coach Blake Boran provided commentary after the game. “I believe it’s the first time we’ve beaten them since 2011.”

After a scoreless first inning, BEA’s Taylor Klabunde started the bottom of the second inning by hitting a Brylee Miller pitch to right field for a stand-up double. A single by Ashlyn Klinkner brought home Klabunde with the first run of the game.

Miller struck out the next two Buccaneer batters, but not before a wild pitch allowed Klinkner to advance to second base.

Hagedorn singled to right field to score Klinkner and put the Bucs on top after two full innings.

The Cardinals got on the board with one run in the top of the third inning. Makenzie Lowry reached on an error and advanced to second base on a single by Haleigh Grotzinger.

Miller’s single to center field allowed Lowry to cut the Bucs’ lead to 2-1 and left Fairmont with runners on first and second base with no outs.

Fairmont may have done more damage, but their next batter, Ava Terfehr, hit a hard ground ball to Bucs’ third baseman Reagan Machacek, who stepped to third base to force out Grotzinger and fired the ball to first baseman Klabunde to to complete doubles. . BEA pitcher Olivia Dutton struck out the next Cardinal batter to end the inning as the Bucs maintained their 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the third inning, the Maroon and Gold scored five more runs to take a 7-1 lead.

Eckmann led off the inning with a single and stole second base. She advanced to third base on a grounder by Dutton and scored on a single by Machacek.

A single by Klabunde and a walk to Klinkner loaded the bases.

Miller hit the next batter for the second inning and was one out away from getting out of the inning.

However, Claire Sullivan hit a hard grounder up the middle to bring home Machacek and Klabunde and make it a 5-1 game in favor of the Bucs.

Hagedorn’s hard hit to left field brought home Klinkner and speedy Destinee Griffey, who played for Sullivan, and extended BEA’s lead to 7-1.

Some runs from the Cardinals in the fourth and fifth inning cut the Bucs’ lead to 7-3.

Fairmont added four runs in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game, 7-7.

The Bucs got a chance to win the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. Klabunde hit a one-out double and advanced to third base on a wild pitch before Miller recorded a strikeout and a grounder to get out of the inning unscathed.

BEA again held Fairmont scoreless in the top of the eighth inning before the Bucs won the game in the bottom of the inning.

Dutton was the winning pitcher for the Bucs. She worked all eight innings and gave up a total of seven runs, but only five were earned.

Dutton gave up 10 hits, struck out eight Cardinal batters and walked one.

Miller took the loss for Fairmont. She gave up eight earned runs on 14 hits. She struckout nine batters and walked two.

Eckmann went 4-for-5 at the plate with one double, while Klabunde and Hagedorn each went 3-for-4. Klabunde had two doubles, Hagedorn had a triple and drove in three runs.