The Brandon-Evansville baseball team used four early runs to build a lead it would never relinquish in a 5-3 win over Hillcrest Lutheran Academy on Tuesday.
That came a day after Ortonville executed down the stretch to overcome Brandon-Evansville in a 4-2 game.
The early run support was enough for Aaron Lund to work with against the Comets. He improved his record to 7-1 on the season after scattering six hits and allowing just one earned run. He struck out six.
“Aaron has been the leader of our pitching staff all year,” head coach Brian Perleberg said. “Tonight he came out and gave us the performance we needed to come away with another conference win.”
Lund also helped himself out at the plate, finishing with two doubles and an RBI. Brandt Bitzan and Josh Goehringer each added RBIs, as well.
The Chargers led 2-1 after four innings against Ortonville before the Trojans rallied for three runs over the next two innings on Monday. Brandon-Evansville went scoreless over the final four innings as Ortonville held on for the narrow win.
“The difference in the game was Ortonville’s ability to effectively bunt people over, while we struggled to execute the small game,” Perleberg said. “We failed to move a runner over with a sacrifice bunt, and we lost a base runner on a botched squeeze-bunt attempt.
“In a close game of two evenly matched teams, it often comes down to something such as a bunt or a sacrifice fly, and today we have to give credit to Ortonville for doing a better job than we did in executing in that department.”
Brandon-Evansville had six hits in the game, two apiece from Levi Hintermeister, Aaron Lund and Mitch Anderson.
That was almost enough for starter Sean Henneman. The senior threw six solid innings, allowing just one earned run, while striking out four.
“I was very pleased with the pitching performance we received from Sean,” Perleberg said. “He seems to be getting stronger and stronger as the season progresses, and his confidence and poise on the mound are growing with each of his outings.”
HILLCREST 001 010 1 – 3 6 3
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 400 100 X – 5 6 3
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE PITCHING – Lund – W, 7IP, 6H, 3R, 1ER, 6SO
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE HITTING – Lund – 2-3, 2 2B, RBI; Levi Hintermeister – 1-3, SB, 1 run; Brandt Bitzan – 1-2, 1 run, RBI; Josh Goehringer – 1-2, RBI
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 002 000 0 – 2 6 3
ORTONVILLE 100 012 X – 4 6 1
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE PITCHING – Henneman – 6IP, 6H, 4R, 1ER, 4SO
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE HITTING – Hintermeister – 2-4, 1 run; Lund – 2-3, RBI, SB; Anderson – 2-3, 1 run