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Brandon-Evansville’s bats erupt to down Ashby

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Brandon-Evansville’s bats erupt to down Ashby
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The Brandon-Evansville softball team won its third straight game last Friday to climb above .500 at 6-5 with a 13-9 victory over Ashby.

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The Chargers pounded out 17 hits in the game, led by a big night from senior Kinsley Randt. She finished with seven RBIs on three hits, including a home run. Lizzy Friedrich got the win on the mound by going all seven innings, allowing nine runs but only three earned on six hits and four walks.

“The girls came out with intensity and put some runs on the board early and never let up despite several lead changes,” head coach Kasi Huschle said. “We had several girls come up clutch for us in the batter’s box, including freshman Carrigan Okerlund, junior Emma Friedrich, junior Casie Stotesbery and senior Kinsley Randt.”

Emma Friedrich went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored. Okerlund added four hits, including two doubles and a home run to go along with two RBIs and four runs scored, while Stotesbery added a double and two RBIs.

The Arrows didn’t win but they got an important player back in third baseman Jeannette Evavold. The senior was out early this spring after having shoulder surgery from an injury she suffered in basketball. Evavold didn’t disappoint in her return, collecting two hits and two RBIs, while also making a couple nice plays in the field. She has been starting at third base since eighth grade, so her return to the lineup should be a big boost for Ashby.

“To see Jeannette come out and get two solid hits today was better than I could have imagined for her in her first game back,” head coach Kandace Norby said. “Even though we didn’t pull the win out today, we won in our hearts as we saw our third baseman do what she does best, and that is playing the game of softball.”

Amber Sundal added three hits, three runs scored and an RBI on a night when nine runs weren’t quite enough to secure a win. Paige Nelson started on the rubber and faced 42 batters. She allowed 16 hits and 13 runs, 12 earned. Nelson struck out four and walked four.

“The Chargers seemed to find the gaps between our players, which makes this anybody’s game every time you step out on the field,” Norby said. “I love how Paige kept her composure on the mound as the Chargers had some solid hits in the last few innings.”

GAME STATISTICS

B-E 13, Ashby 9

PITCHING – B-E – L. Friedrich – W, 7IP, 6H, 9R, 3ER, 4BB, 1SO; ASHBY – Nelson – L, 7IP, 16H, 13R, 12ER, 4BB, 4SO

OFFENSE – B-E – Randt – 3-4, HR, 7 RBI; E. Friedrich – 3-4, 2 2B, 3 runs; Okerlund – 4-5, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 4 runs; Stotesbery – 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI; ASHBY – Sundal – 3 hits, 3 runs, RBI; Evavold – 2 hits, 1 run, Sac, 2 RBI; Chelsy Ness – 2B, RBI, Sac, 2 runs; Sami Johansen – 1 hit, BB; Mackenzie Ecker – 1 hit; Abbie Ras – BB, RBI; Madison VanSanten – BB, 2 runs; Bailey Funkhouser – 1 run, RBI; Beth Odens – BB

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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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