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State amateur baseball: Brandon-Evansville suffers season-ending loss

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An 8-5 loss to Raymond ended state tournament play for the Region 16C champion Brandon-Evansville Bluedogs during the single elimination stage of the Class C tournament at Brownton last Saturday.

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The Bluedogs, after trailing 2-0 early, put together a five-run bottom of the sixth to take the lead as Nate Meissner opened with a single to center field and moved to second on a single to left by Lee Nelson.

A double by Ryan Hendricks, who went three for four on the day, drove in Meissner for Brandon-Evansville's first run of the game. Monte Hinzmann put the Bluedogs ahead on a single that allowed Nelson and Hendrickson to cross the plate, with Hinzmann moving to second on the throw during that play.

Theodore Wood came in to pinch run for Hinzmann and quickly found his way to third on a sacrifice off the bat of Brent Meissner. A walk to Travis Santjer and a sacrifice ground out by Matt Bruns brought home Woods.

It was then Josh Meissner's turn to add to the lead as he singled to right field to plate Matt Kruize, pinch-running for Santjer, for the final score of the frame.

That lead did not hold up for long, however, as Raymond started a rally, scoring a run and knocking starter Jake Lund from the mound with one out and bases loaded.

Reliever Collin Modahl looked to have the game under control as the Bluedogs threw out a Rocket runner at the plate for the second out, but things spiraled out of control as Raymond scored on a wild pitch, a hit batsman and a two-RBI single.

Raymond added an insurance run in the top of the ninth off closer Ryan Hendrickson, ending Brandon-Evansville's state tourney run.

Modahl took the pitching loss as he allowed three hits and one run in his one inning on the mound.

Hendrickson had three hits in the game, scoring once and driving home one run, while Hinzmann had two hits and two RBIs.

GAME STATISTICS

RAYMOND 000 110 501 8-10-1

BRANDON-EVANS 000 005 000 5-9-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Jake Lund 6.1-6-6-5-6-5; Collin Modahl (L) 1-3-1-1-0-0; Ryan Hendrickson 1.2-1-1-0-1.

HITTING - Chris Shea 1-5; Nate Meissner 1-4, 1 run; Lee Nelson 1-5, 1 run; Ryan Hendrickson 3-4, 1 run, 1 rbi; Monte Hinzmann 2-3, 2 rbi; Theodore Wood 1 run; Matt Kruize 1 run; Matt Bruns 1 rbi; Josh Meissner 1-4, 1 rbi.

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