B-E baseball snaps skid with playoff win over WCA
The Brandon-Evansville baseball team snapped a three-game skid at the right time on Tuesday as the Chargers beat West Central Area 9-3 to advance in the 6A South playoffs.
Brandon-Evansville had to settle for a share of the Pheasant Conference title after the regular season ended with a 12-2 loss to Wheaton-Herman-Norcross. Both teams finished the season 9-3 in conference play to share the title.
“Today was a tough day for us down in Wheaton,” B-E head coach Brian Perleberg said after the loss. “The Warriors are a very good team and have been playing well in the second half of the season. To beat them on their home field requires good pitching, defense and mental focus, which we did not have today. We did not bring our ‘A’ game today and the scoreboard reflects that.”
The Chargers didn’t dwell on that. Instead, they came out right away in the playoff opener and put seven runs on the board after three innings in the win over the Knights. Brandon-Evansville came into the tournament as the second seed in the subsection and didn’t let seventh-seeded WCA stick around after the Knights beat Ashby in the pigtail game to advance.
The Chargers put four on the board in the first inning and added two in the second and one more in the third. That gave them a 7-0 lead that they never came close to relinquishing.
“Any time you can build an early lead in the playoffs, it takes that pressure off both your pitcher and defense and lets them play a little more relaxed,” Perleberg said. “That was the case for us today when we built an early 6-0 lead after two innings of play.”
Tom Bosek got the start on the mound and earned the win. He also had a big game offensively with two hits, two stolen bases, two runs and three RBIs. James Huisman added three runs and stole three bags. Christian McGaffey was 2-for-2 with two runs, two stolen bases and a sacrifice, while Brandon Christianson and Kevin Roers combined for three hits and four RBIs.
“I was pleased to see the top of our order (Huisman, C. McGaffey, Bosek, Christianson) do some damage and apply pressure with each of their at-bats,” Perleberg said. “We needed that after the struggles we went through last week. The defense also gave a great performance and played with focus and poise.”
WCA 000 120 0 – 3 4 0
B-E 421 002 X – 9 9 1
PITCHING – WP – Bosek; LP – Jordan Bueckens
B-E OFFENSE – Huisman – 3 runs, 3 SB; C. McGaffey – 2-2, 2 SB, 2 runs, Sac; Bosek – 2-4, 2 SB, 2 runs, 3 RBI; Christianson – 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 run; Roers – 1-3, SB, 2 RBI
B-E 000 110 0 – 2 7 4
WHN 020 505 X – 12 9 0
PITCHING – WP – Cam Maudal; LP – Huisman
B-E OFFENSE – Zach Johnson – 2-3; Bosek – 2-3; C. McGaffey – 1-3, 2B; Jake Nohre – 1-3, 2B