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Resorters baseball: Senators grab No. 2 seed in Resorters West playoffs

The Alexandria Senators wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the Resorters West playoffs with a 13-0 win over Kensington on July 3.

The Senators followed that win with a 14-4 loss to the East champions in Brandon-Evansville the following day. The Bluedogs pounded out 18 hits and held Alexandria to just two to end the game in seven innings. Brandon-Evansville will enter the Resorters tournament as the No. 1 seed in the west and has already qualified for the Region 16C tournament in August.

Alexandria could not get much of anything going against the Bluedogs. Brandon-Evansville jumped out early with nine runs through the first three innings to build a 9-3 lead. The Bluedogs added a four-run inning in the fifth to create even more distance. That was plenty of run support for Travis Santjer, who picked up the win on the mound.

The Senators came out on the winning end of a similar game the day before. Alexandria pounded out 18 hits of its own and used two four-run innings to break things open in the late innings.

Kurt Kalina was the catalyst of that attack. He finished the day 4-for-4 with a triple, a walk, three runs scored and an RBI. Dylan Carlson also had a strong day with three hits and two RBI.

Derek Miller threw a gem to make sure that run support held up. Miller struck out 10 in eight innings of work. He allowed just two hits.

The Bluedogs' win over Alexandria came on the heels of a 4-2 loss to Midway on July 2. Lee Nelson and Nate Meissner both hit solo home runs in the game. Nelson added a double and a walk to his line, but it was not enough to lead the Bluedogs past Midway.

Five Brandon-Evansville pitchers saw time on the mound in the game. Mike Bruns threw two innings and struck out four, while allowing just one hit and a walk.

ALEX 012 000 1 - 4 2 0

BE 423 041 X - 14 18 0

ALEXANDRIA HITTING - Matt Strong - 1 hit; Mike Lloyd - 1 hit

ALEXANDRIA 003 141 4 - 13 18 0

KENSINGTON 000 000 0 - 0 2 2

ALEXANDRIA PITCHING - Derek Miller - 8IP, 2H, 0R, 0ER, 10SO

ALEXANDRIA HITTING - Kurt Kalina - 4 hits; Dylan Carlson - 3 hits; Matt Strong - 2 hits; Mike Lloyd - 2 hits; Nick Petro - 2 hits; Ron Welle - 2 hits; Tim Erickson - 1 hit; Doug Breitkreutz - 1 hit; Derek Miller - 1 hit