Five-run fifth inning propels Chargers to win
Five runs crossed the plate for the Brandon-Evansville baseball team in the fifth inning, regaining a lead it would maintain for an 8-6 victory over Barnesville on Tuesday.
Head coach Brian Perleberg said the Chargers’ big fifth inning was aided by some defensive miscues in the field by Barnesville. All nine of the Chargers’ hits in the game were singles, but many came with runners on base.
“With seven different batters collecting hits for us in this game, it was another team effort from the offensive standpoint,” Perleberg said. “We faced some good Barnesville pitching and we were able to take advantage of a few walks in the first inning to plate two runs, and some timely hitting mixed with a couple of defensive miscues to score five more in the fifth inning.”
Tom Bosek picked up the win on the mound in relief for starting pitcher Cody Lund. He allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings pitched. Barnesville only managed one hit against Lund, but he allowed four walks and two hit batsmen along with six strikeouts. Bosek pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing two hits with a strikeout.
Offensively, Kevin Campbell and Brandon Christianson both picked up two hits for the Chargers. Campbell was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Christianson was 2-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. Christian McGaffey drove in two RBIs for the Chargers.
Fielding was not a strong point for either Barnesville or Brandon-Evansville in the game. The Chargers wound up with three errors in the game while Barnesville wound up with four.
“Both teams committed more errors than their coaches would like to see, but in the end they evened the game out,” Perleberg said. “I feel fortunate to come away today with a victory versus a quality Barnesville baseball team.”
The win improved the Chargers’ record to 6-1 overall this season.
BARNESVILLE 010 040 0 – 6 3 4
B-E 200 150 x – 8 9 3
WP – Tom Bosek (2-0)
LP – Ben Suave
B-E OFFENSE – Kevin Campbell – 2-3, 2 runs; Brandon Christianson – 2-2, 2BBs, run; Christina McGaffey – 2RBIs; Patrick McGaffey – 1-1, run; James Huisman – 1-3, RBI, run; Kevin Roers – 1-4, RBI, SB, run