Class 1A baseball — The Bucks give up a combined 38 runs in three losses last week

After a rough week in which the St. Paul baseball team lost three straight games to drop to 1-5 on the season, head coach Julio Vela is preaching to his team to learn from their mistakes and build on the positives.

“When we make an error, we try to look, learn and drop,” he said. “You look at what you did, learn from it and drop it.”

The Buckaroos gave up 38 runs combined in three losses last week, 21 unearned.

Part of that is due to youth and inexperience and part of it is being down several players last week, forcing the team to move guys out of position.

Even Vela is not immune from making mistakes, taking blame for costing the team the game-tying run in a 10-9 loss to East Linn Christian Friday.

After a back-and-forth game against the visiting Eagles, St. Paul had runners on first and second with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.

The Bucks hit a ground ball up the left side of the field, where the East Linn shortstop bobbled the play and attempted to get the force out at second base.

St. Paul’s Max Coleman was on second at the start of the play and was about to round third base before Vela held him up.

“(Coleman) was dead set to score on that infield grounder,” Vela said. “He had a full head of steam, so he went to stop and his feet just slipped out from under him and he hit the ground.”

The Eagles failed to get the force out at second and recovered in time to take advantage of Coleman’s fall at third base and tag him out to end the game.

“After he got up, I?thought, ‘Oh no, I just blew it,’” Vela said. “That was completely on me. They played well enough to pull it off even with the errors, and I just made that mistake there and it really cost us.”

For the game, Carson Smith led the team offensively by going 4-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored. He and teammate Jason McCain each have a team-best four-game hit streak.

Cody Faber went 2-for-5 in the loss with three runs scored as well. Faber also kept the Eagles scoreless over the final two and two-thirds from the pitcher’s mound.

On Wednesday, the Bucks dropped a 13-1 game at Country Christian. Tyler Smith was 2-for-3 at the plate with the Bucks’ lone run scored.

St. Paul opened the week with a 15-9 loss to Culver. McCain went 2-for-5 with three RBIs in the loss, while Carson Smith and Tyler Smith scored two runs each.

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