Section 6A-South baseball: Brandon-Evansville eliminated by Eagle Valley
By: Eric Morken, Alexandria Echo Press
The Brandon-Evansville baseball team found out firsthand how regular season success really has no bearings on what happens come playoff time.
The Chargers were riding high entering Tuesday’s opening round game of the 6A South tournament. Their 12-straight wins to end the regular season had earned them a home game and the second seed against a 4-13 Eagle Valley team.
The Rebels didn’t care about any of that. They jumped on Brandon-Evansville early and never looked back in an 11-5 win that ended the Chargers’ season prematurely.
“We have to tip our hats to Eagle Valley and wish them the best in the rest of the tournament,” head coach Brian Perleberg said. “Tonight just wasn’t our night.”
The trouble started early for the Chargers as Eagle Valley exploded for seven runs in the second inning. John Huisman got the start but lasted just 1 1/3 innings before giving way to Billie Juul with his team already trailing 3-0.
Juul came in with the bases loaded, and it didn’t take long for the Rebels to give him a rude welcoming. Junior Logan Riedel turned on the second pitch he saw from Juul and sent it just inside the right-field pole for a grand slam that opened the game up.
“We’ve been able to come back several times this year,” Perleberg said. “But we just couldn’t overcome the early deficit we dug ourselves into. Eagle Valley hit the ball well and made the plays on defense. We hit the ball better as the game went along but just couldn’t string enough of them together to create that big inning that we needed.”
The Rebels got three more runs in the third inning before freshman Thomas Bosek relieved Juul with the bases loaded and two outs. Bosek didn’t allow any further damage and threw the final 4 1/3 innings, allowing just one run.
The Chargers got three in the fifth and one more in the sixth. It wasn’t enough to climb out of that early hole.
Nolan Bartholomew went 2-for-3 with an RBI to help lead the Brandon-Evansville offense. Seniors Dan Schaffer (1-3, 2B), Levi Hintermeister (2-3, 3B) and Jared Goehringer (1-3, 2B, RBI) also contributed in their last game in a Chargers’ uniform.
“I would like to thank my seniors, Dan, Levi and Jared, for their dedication, superb work ethic and positive attitudes,” Perleberg said. “They never complained about anything and always pushed themselves and their teammates to do better. Losing them hurts much worse than losing this game.”
They end their careers after leading the Chargers to a share of the Pheasant Conference championship with a 9-3-league record. Brandon-Evansville finished 13-8 overall.
EAGLE VALLEY 073 000 1 – 11 10 1
B-E 010 031 0 – 5 9 2
B-E PITCHING – Huisman – L, 1 1/3IP, 6R; Juul – 1 1/3IP, 4R; Bosek – 4 1/3IP, 1R
B-E HITTING – Schaffer – 1-3, 2B; Hintermeister – 2-3, 3B; Bartholomew – 2-3, RBI; Goehringer – 1-3, 2B, RBI; Blake Satterlie – 1-3, 2B, RBI; Huisman – 2-3, SB