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B-E Legion hopes to smooth out errors

After the Brandon-Evansville baseball team finished the season as co-champions of the Pheasant Conference this spring, these same players hoped to repeat this success with their summer Legion squad.

They had gotten off to a bit of a slow start to the summer season after a doubleheader sweep by Glenwood dropped their record to 2-3 early last week. Head coach Trent Hintermeister said Brandon-Evansville needs work on being prepared to play and make routine plays in order to have a shot at achieving their goal of making a run in the regional tournament.

“We’ll work on being a more clean baseball team,” Hintermeister said last Tuesday. “We can’t make errors and do what we want to do, which is try to make a run at the state tournament.”

Brandon-Evansville started the schedule with a victory over Wheaton; one that Hintermeister said was a strong game for his team. They followed that with a loss to Clinton, a victory against Morris.

Hintermeister said the two games against Glenwood were the worst games Brandon-Evansville has played this summer.

“That was the worst game I’ve seen them play here so far in the two years of being with them,” Hintermeister said. “We weren’t ready to play, booted the ball around, and swung at pitches we shouldn’t have swung at. Give Glenwood credit, they were a good team, but we played terrible.”

Brandon-Evansville set their goals to have a successful summer season after playing in the Legion district finals in 2013 before losing to Morris. The team feels they have strong enough players to make a run at the state tournament as long as they can fix their fielding issues.

“Talent-wise, I’m not nervous, I know we have the players to be a good team,” Hintermeister said. “If we can’t put it together I guess that’s on me.”