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Legion baseball: B-E splits four

Brandon-Evansville's Billie Juul made a quick turn in an attempted double play during the B-E Legion's game against Osakis last Friday. Juul and his teammates finished 2-2 over the course of a busy weekend. (Echo Press photo by Eric Morken)

The Brandon-Evansville Legion baseball team finished the Osakis tournament 2-1 before dropping a close game with Urbank-Parkers Prairie during Urbank Days this past Sunday night.

Brandon-Evansville and Urbank-PP exchanged the lead four times on Sunday before Urbank prevailed with a 7-6 win. Matt Thoennes got the win in relief after his team gave him a lead on a two-RBI double by Logan Riedel in the bottom of the sixth.

"I can only hope we run into these guys again this year," B-E head coach Trent Hintermeister said. "It was just fun baseball."

That was the end of a busy weekend for Brandon-Evansville. They opened up the Osakis tournament with a 7-6 loss to Osakis last Friday before winning 9-3 against Long Prairie and 11-4 in five innings against the Alexandria VFW II team on Saturday.

The VFW II team is the youngest of Alexandria's two VFW teams. They played in the Osakis Tournament for the second straight season and salvaged one win out of the weekend by beating Osakis 11-2 on Saturday. They didn't have enough offense to overcome Brandon-Evansville as B-E got a strong pitching combination from James Huisman and Zach Carlson to earn the win.

"The coaches for the Alex VFW II team did a nice job competing with the group of boys they had," Hintermeister said. "I give them a lot of credit for keeping it close and making us work for the win."

Blake Satterlie got the win in a complete-game performance against Long Prairie. He struck out five in the seven innings, walked one and allowed three earned runs in the 9-3 win.

"I've been very impressed with the way Blake has pitched this season," Hintermeister said. "He is now 3-0 on the season, and I'm very confident in our team when he is on the mound."

Carlson and Tom Bosek led the charge offensively. Carlson led off the game with an inside-the-park home run after lacing the ball into the right-center field gap. He finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Bosek went 3-for-4 and drove in three.

Brandon-Evansville almost made it a clean sweep at the tournament but ended up falling 7-6 to Osakis last Friday. Brandon-Evansville led 6-0 after sending 10 guys to the plate in the third inning. Nolan Bartholomew had a two-RBI single in that frame.

Osakis chipped away from there. Drew Fearing and Doug Zimmel hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the third. They still trailed 6-5 heading to the bottom of the seventh before three errors set up a big inning and helped Osakis walk off a winner on a Lane Berberich single.

Brandon-Evansville had an 8-2 record this summer after the loss on Sunday night. They will have a chance to avenge that loss to Osakis when they welcome them in to Evansville for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch tonight, Friday.

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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