Sanders helps B.E. Area baseball flatten Waseca

WASECA — The Blue Earth Area Bucs baseball lineup needed only five innings to earn an early exit from Tink Larson Field in Waseca on Thursday.

Caelan Sanders utilized his strong pitching arm on the mound and potent hitting skills inside the batter’s box to pace Blue Earth Area’s 14-2 run-rule triumph over Waseca in a Big South Conference contest.

Sanders allowed two runs — neither one earned — on four hits in five innings of work to earn the complete-game victory. Sanders demonstrated outstanding command of the strike zone by recording four strikeouts with issuing a base-on-balls.

Sanders also collected three of Blue Earth Area’s 14 hits in five official at-bats. The fleet-footed senior scored three runs and produced one RBI.

Hunter Bleess went 3-for-3 with a double, crossed the plate three times and drove in one run for the Bucs, while teammate Karson Legred went 2-for-2, including a double, to produce a game-leading three RBIs on the conference clash. Legred also scored two runs.

Luke Mertens went 2-for-4 for the Bucs, Gavin Storbeck went 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored, while Koby Nagel contributed a single, two RBIs and one run scored to the winning performance.

Brayden Barnett supplied one hit and two runs scored for Blue Earth Area, while Anders Fering collected two RBIs via a sacrifice fly and a groundout.

Blue Earth Area (13-6) travels to New Richland on Tuesday for a 5 p.m. nonconference game with New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva.

BEA 442 13 — 14 14 2

WAS 000 02 — 2 4 6

Sleepy Eye Public 12, Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman 2 (5 innings) — Nathan Walter singled twice, drove in two runs and crossed the plate twice to power the Indians to a run-rule win over the Jaguars on Thursday in Sleepy Eye.

Jacob Berg singled, doubled, netted one RBI and scored two runs for Sleepy Eye, while Kegan Heiderscheidt contributed a two-run single.

Landon Strong collected two hits and three RBIs for the home team, Kadon Strong tallied two runs, while Allen Arneson delivered the walk-off sacrifice fly during the bottom of the fifth.

Cayden Fischer generated two hits and one RBI for the Jaguars, while teammate Owen Wolter chipped in a single and one RBI.

Mitchell Prafke and Paxton Gravlin each contributed a hit for the Jaguars, Carter Spear doubled and scored a run, while Jaiden Cook added a run scored.

Fischer started on the mound, giving up 10 runs, but only one earned due to eight Jaguar errors. Fischer gave up five hits, struck out three and walked four in 2 2/3 innings of work.

The Jaguars (8-7) host Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s Tuesday in Truman.