Sports roundup from Tuesday, June 3
Nevis 3, Brandon-Evansville 2
The Brandon-Evansville baseball team saw its season end in heartbreaking fashion as a late rally came up just short in a 3-2 loss in the 6A tournament to Nevis on Tuesday.
Nevis scored all three of its runs in the first three innings to take an early 3-0 lead. Tom Bosek settled in from there and posted zeroes to keep Brandon-Evansville within striking distance.
The Chargers got both their runs in the fifth inning. Christian McGaffey walked to lead things off before Bosek hit a double down the right field line. Kevin Roers then singled them both in to make it 3-2. That’s as close as the Chargers could get as Nevis’ Austin Becker worked around five hits and five walks to secure the win on the mound in six innings of work.
“Both teams today were very evenly matched,” Brandon-Evansville head coach Brian Perleberg said. "We knew coming into the game that it was going to be a tight battle and it surely was. We fell behind early, but kept our composure and were able to put ourselves in position to tie the game, but we left at least one runner on base in each of the seven innings.”
That ultimately proved to be the difference in a close game.
“If we could have gotten one timely hit to score any of the nine runners that were left on base, maybe the outcome would have favored us,:" Perleberg said. "Give credit to Nevis as they found ways to get out of those innings, and their defense played well behind their pitcher all game long.”
The Chargers had a young team this season with only one senior in Cody Lund. They showed the kind of potential they have for the future by going 14-9 and winning a share of the Pheasant Conference title.
“Cody had a nice senior year at the plate and pitched well in all of his outings on the mound,” Perleberg said of his only senior. “I wish him the best in his future baseball endeavors.”
Osakis season ends at 6A tournament
After Osakis was able to pick up a 7-3 win over Pierz earlier in the day, Little Falls jumped out early and scored often in a 13-0 victory in five innings that ended the Silverstreaks’ season in St. Cloud on Tuesday night.
Lane Berberich picked up the win on the mound for the Silverstreaks against Pierz, going seven innings and allowing only two earned runs with five strikeouts.
Drew Fearing led the offense for Osakis, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.
But in the second game, Little Falls starting pitcher Tom Miller was able to keep them off balance nearly the entire night by giving up only three hits in four innings.
Little Falls started the scoring early with three runs in the first inning and two in the third to take a 5-0 lead.
The game unraveled from there for Osakis, as the Flyers scored two runs in the fourth inning and six in the fifth to go up by 13 runs.
After the game, Fearing said Little Falls showed strong play throughout the entire order.
“I’m just going to give credit to them, because they are a better team than us,” Drew Fearing said.
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Alexandria still alive in 8AAA playoffs
Two big innings for the Alexandria baseball team on Tuesday afternoon helped it win its second game of the day, 11-3 against St. Michael-Albertville, to continue advancing through the Section 8AAA loser’s bracket.
A three-run homerun by Parker Revering lifted the Cardinals to a four run third inning, and a two run triple by Toby Helgeson in the fourth inning contributed to four more runs. Those two innings built an 8-2 lead for Alexandria, and from there they rolled to an 11-3 victory.
After the game, Revering said he was able to turn on a fastball from St. Michael-Albertville starting pitcher Jaylen Hakes for his home run.
“It was a 3-2 count, fastball a little inside,” Revering said. “I just turned on it and I knew it was gone right away.”
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BLUE ANCHORS BASEBALL
Eau Claire 8, Alexandria 2
The Alexandria Blue Anchors fell to 1-7 on the season with an 8-2 loss at Eau Claire on Tuesday night.
Blake Bass took the loss in 4 2/3 innings of work, but four Alexandria errors also contributed to the loss. Bass gave up six runs, just two earned, on five hits and two walks.
The Blue Anchors had eight hits but were able to push just the two runs across. Aaron Gretz had three hits, including a double, to go along with a run scored and an RBI. Roman Collins added a single and a triple, while driving in the other run.