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Bluedogs win Resorters match-up against Millers 8-2

Shawn Krueger delivers a pitch during the Bluedog's 8-2 victory over Millerville on Friday night in Evansville. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

The Bluedogs scored six runs in the first inning to take an 8-2 victory over Millerville in Resorters League action Friday night in Evansville.

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The game was the first between the two teams since the Millers were reinstated to the league, and Brandon-Evansville showed why they are perennial contenders in the six-run victory.

Shawn Krueger, Monte Hinzmann, Josh Meissner and Nate Meissner each picked up RBIs in the first inning as Brandon-Evansville jumped out 6-0. Hinzmann drove in a run on a RBI single in the fourth inning and Nate Meissner scored on a double play in the fifth inning to add the final two runs for the Bluedogs.

“We jumped out to a 6-0 lead,” Nate Meissner said. “Whenever you can get on a team, especially a young team like Millerville, ... that’s obviously going to benefit us.”

The Millers added its two runs on a RBI single by Aaron Lund in the fifth inning and another RBI single from Brandon Christianson in the seventh. Nolan Bartholomew started for Millerville but struggled with his command, allowing five earned runs in 1 and 1/3 innings on five hits and four walks.

“Nolan struggled right away finding the strike zone, but he’ll get back to it,” Dan Schaffer said. “We know he’s better than that, he’s been a lot tougher this year.”

Lund came on in relief and allowed only two runs over 7 ⅔ innings.

Krueger started for the Bluedogs and pitched eight innings while only allowing two runs.

“I felt great out there,” Krueger said. “All of my stuff was working pretty well, just kind of mixing it up - curveball, fastball, slider.”

Millerville did pick up 13 hits in the game but could not convert those baserunners into runs. One highlight for the Millers came in the seventh inning when Carlson robbed a home run in center field on a ball hit just over the wall by Chris Shea.

“I just ran back, hoping to catch it,” said Carlson, who also scored both the Millers’ runs. “The left fielder said it was gone, so I just (went) for it and that’s when I jumped for it and it ended up in my hand.”

The loss dropped Millerville to 5-7 and improved Brandon-Evansville to 6-2.

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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