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Resorters baseball: Brandon-Evansville rolls in opener

The Brandon-Evansville Bluedogs got their season off to a fast start with a 15-0 win over the expansion Swanville Swans out of the Resorters East Division this past weekend.

The Bluedogs scored in each of their first six innings, including a four-run first that set the tone. Brandon-Evansville added five more in the fifth as 10 different players recorded a hit in the game.

Nate Meissner was the catalyst of that offense with a 3-for-3 day at the plate. He added a walk, two runs and two RBIs. Brandon-Evansville veterans Ryan Hendrickson, Monte Hinzmann and Chris Shea each added two hits apiece as well.

That was plenty of run support for Collin Modahl on the mound. He was locked in through four innings of work. Modahl allowed just one hit and struck out seven before giving way to Dan Schaffer in the fifth. Schaffer threw the final three innings, allowing two hits and striking out one.

Brandon-Evansville is a part of the Resorters West Division again this year. Joining them in the five-team league is Ashby, Kensington, Urbank-Parkers Prairie and Osakis. The East will consist of Clarissa, Carlos, Long Prairie, Swanville and Sauk Centre.

The surprise of the entire league was that Miltona will not field a team this summer. A note at said that Tigers' manager Paul Walsh called it a "perfect storm" of events that included a few guys retiring and other regulars not being able to be around the area this summer or commit to playing every weekend.

The Tigers have had a good rivalry with many area teams, including the Carlos Cougars in the East Division.


SWANS 000 000 0XX - 0 3 0

BLUEDOGS 412 152 0XX - 15 15 0

BLUEDOGS PITCHING - Modahl - W, 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 7SO; Schaffer - 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 1SO

BLUEDOGS OFFENSE - Modahl - 1-2, 2B, 2 runs, BB, RBI; Schaffer - 1-1, 2B, BB, 2 runs; Nate Meissner - 3-3, BB, 2 runs, 3 RBI; Lee Nelson - 1-4, 1 run; Kyle Bruns - 1-1, RBI; Hendrickson - 2-4, 2B, BB, 1 run; Brent Meissner - 1-4, 2 runs, BB, 2 RBI; Hinzmann - 2-3, 1 run, 2 RBI; Matt Bruns - BB, RBI, 1 run; Shea - 2-4, 2 RBI; Adam Johnson - 0-3, 1 run; Matt Kruize - 0-1; Josh Meissner - 0-2, BB, 1 run; Mike Bruns - 1-1, 1 run

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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