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Brandon-Evansville senior Megan Kokett slides safely into home as Osakis’ Morgan Silbernick waits for the ball to reach her glove on Monday night. Kokett made a lot of nice plays in center field against Osakis and went on to finish with four hits and six runs in a sweep over Hillcrest. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)

B-E’s battle with Osakis benefits young roster

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B-E’s battle with Osakis benefits young roster
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The Brandon-Evansville softball team will use Monday’s 5-3 loss at Osakis as proof that the Chargers can play with some good teams when they play well.

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Brandon-Evansville led 1-0 through five innings after Megan Kokett manufactured a run in the third. The senior center fielder walked to lead off that frame, stole second and scored two batters later in a ground out off the bat of freshman Lizzy Friedrich.

“I think it gives those girls a confidence seeing those tough players,” Chargers head coach Kasi Huschle said of playing an 8-2 Osakis team. “They’re a team that plays a lot of small ball. Strategy wise, it gives us an opportunity to see some of those looks and really work on that. They’re a tough team and it’s just a great time for us to get that experience. It felt like a playoff game early in that game the way we were battling back and forth.”

Brandon-Evansville battled back in the top of the seventh after trailing 5-1. Kennedy Lund singled with two outs and fellow freshman Morgan Stelzer followed that with a two-run home run to left field. Kokett almost extended things but her hard-hit ball to center field was tracked down near the warning track by Osakis’ Brooke Waldorf.

“I’m proud of the way that our girls played,” Huschle said. “They battled, especially in that seventh inning by putting some runs on the board with two outs. I told them not to hang their heads because they’re a really good team, and that’s a good game for us to show that we can battle.”

The Chargers started six freshmen against Osakis in Carrigan Okerlund, L. Friedrich, Michelle and Kennedy Lund, Shyanna Behrens and Stelzer.

“We had a senior who was home sick today, but otherwise we’ve been averaging four or five freshmen every game,” Huschle said. “They’re just the ones who are really stepping up and getting the job done. They’re playing really well.”

GAME STATISTICS

B-E 001 000 2 – 3 3 0

OSAKIS 000 005 X – 5 7 3

PITCHING – B-E – Randt – L, 6IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 5SO; Osakis – Giese – W, 7IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 1SO

OFFENSE – Osakis – Katie Anderson – 1-4; K. Fearing – 0-2, BB, 1 run; Kaelke – 1-3, HR, 1 run, 2 RBI; Silbernick – 1-3, 2B, 1 run; J. Fearing – 2-2, BB, RBI, 1 run; Waldorf – 0-2, BB, 1 run; Ana Chisholm – 0-2, BB; Rajdl – 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI

B-E – Kokett – BB, 1 run; Lizzy Friedrich – Sac, RBI; Michelle Lund – 1-2, 2B, BB; K. Lund – 1-3, 1 run; Stelzer – 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, 1 run

Eric Morken
Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
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