Alexandria Senators open play in Region 16C on Saturday
The Alexandria Senators could not hold off a charging Brandon-Evansville team on July 26 as the Bluedogs won three games in 24 hours to capture the Resorters West championship.
Brandon-Evansville beat Ashby 3-0 in an elimination game the day before to set up a battle with the Senators in the championship. The Bluedogs carried their momentum into Sunday, winning 11-2 to force a second game and 10-5 to take the title.
Alexandria jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the winner-takes-all contest. Nick Petro doubled in the first run of the game for the Senators in the second. They then scored two more in the third as Collin Modahl, Erik Maas and Matt Strong started the inning with singles. Doug Breitkreutz also picked up an RBI on a groundout.
That lead would not last long as the Bluedogs charged back in the bottom of the third. Brandon-Evansville scored five runs in the frame, getting three doubles and three singles to shift the momentum.
Alexandria rebounded in the next inning to tie the game back up. Petro picked up another RBI double and came around to score on a Modahl single. From there, it was all Bluedogs as they scored twice in the fifth and sixth and once in the seventh to secure the win. Maas finished the game 3-for-4 in the losing effort, while Modahl went 2-for-3.
The opener was controlled by a clutch pitching performance from Kyle Bruns. He held the Senators to just three hits. Josh Meissner and Mike Bruns each had three hits to pace the Brandon-Evansville offense.
Both teams will now move on to the Region 16C tournament, which is set to start this Saturday. Alexandria opens up play in Dent with an 11 a.m. first-pitch against the Lake & Pine North champion. The Bluedogs take on the Countryside wild card team in the first round. First pitch for them is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Pelican Rapids.
After the Resorters West tournament was complete, both teams picked up additional players heading into region play. Alexandria drafted Osakis left-hander Matt Laven and catcher Jed Gulbranson of Kensington. The Bluedogs drafted catcher Aaron Olson from Ashby and pitcher Chad Zimmel of Osakis.