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Legion baseball: B-E sees season end at regions

Brandon-Evansville's Billie Juul dived to make a stop before making a throw from his knees during a game against Morris in the regular-season finale. (Echo Press photo by Blaze Fugina)

The Brandon-Evansville Legion baseball team came up short of their goal to win a regional tournament over the weekend in Morris.

Brandon-Evansville had no problem winning games against other teams in the tournament, but two losses against Morris ended any hope of prolonging the season.

Head coach Trent Hintermeister said Morris' defense and hitting were better in both of the games they played over the weekend.

"Sometimes you just have to tip your cap and say, 'we have to get better and try again next year,'" he said.

Morris 9, b-e 2

The offense fared better in a tournament rematch against Morris, but Brandon-Evansville still did not pick up enough key hits in a 9-2 loss to end the season.

The Brandon-Evansville offense struggled with runners on base and the defense was unable to complete some routine plays in the game.

"Our defense, there's no way to sugarcoat it, it was just bad," said Hintermeister.

Blake Ohren started the game for Brandon-Evansville, only lasting 1 and 2/3 innings and giving up five earned runs. Billie Juul allowed a run in 1 and 1/3 innings, and Brandon Christianson pitched three innings of scoreless relief.

Hintermeister second-guessed a decision not to start Christianson after watching him pitch the final three innings.

"His command was fantastic," he said. "His ball was moving and he made me question why I didn't start him."

Offensively, James Huisman scored both of the Brandon-Evansville runs, going 2-for-3 in the game. Zach Carlson was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

b-e 11,

wheaton 1

Brandon-Evansville bounced back from a shutout loss earlier in the day to win 11-1 against Wheaton on Saturday afternoon.

The win was an example of the disparity in skill level among teams that were competing in the tournament.

"It just showed the gap in talent between the top two teams, us and Morris, and the bottom three teams in our region," said Hintermeister.

Christianson and Bartholemew each picked up three RBIs against Wheaton, and Blake Satterlie was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a double.

Bartholemew started on the mound for Brandon-Evansville, pitching five innings and giving up one earned run.

Morris 7, b-e 0

The bats went cold for Brandon-Evansville on Saturday morning against Morris, with the lineup only producing two hits in their first game of the day.

Tom Bosek started on the mound, giving up four earned runs.

Christianson and Craig Campbell had the two hits for Brandon-Evansville.

b-e 10,

Hancock 7

Brandon-Evansville won a close 10-7 game against Hancock last Thursday in the second round of the legion playoffs.

Satterlie started the game and pitched six innings for the win. He was only credited with two of the seven runs that crossed the plate for Hancock.

Hintermeister has been impressed with Satterlie's ability to locate his pitches this year. On Thursday, Satterlie did not have a three-ball count all game against the Hancock offense.

"I think the most impressive thing about Blake, he gets better and better at locating his pitches," Hintermeister said. "He throws strikes, he hits his spots, he is a very impressive young man to watch pitch."

Reed Hanson also pitched a scoreless inning in the game, allowing one walk with a strikeout.

Offensively, Carlson led the team with two doubles and a single, going 3-for-5 with three runs scored.

"For whatever reason, it seems whenever he gets going we always just play better as a team," Hintermeister said.

Only one of the nine Brandon-Evansville batters did not record a hit in the game.

2013 season

Brandon-Evansville finished with a 13-6 record this summer, and Hintermeister was impressed with the way the team came together with some unknown pieces of the roster.

"It was a good season," he said. "We kind of came into the season not knowing where we were going to be talent wise."

The starting pitching had a good season for Brandon-Evansville, helping them to a winning season.

"Our pitching staff, I thought, was really impressive," he said. "We were deep."

Hintermeister was impressed with the top six hitters in the lineup this season. Carlson was a specific example of a player who turned into a leader for Brandon-Evansville.

"Zach Carlson kind of came out of a shell and turned into a leader on the field," he said. "That was fun to see."

With the season ending in the regional tournament, Hintermeister said he would have liked to see Brandon-Evansville go further into the playoffs.

"You always wish we could go farther, but I think we will be competitive next season," he said.



BRANDON-EVANSVILLE PITCHING - Blake Ohren - 1 2/3IP, 8R, 5ER, 2B, 0SO; Billie Juul - 1 1/3 IP, 1R, 1ER; Brandon Christianson - 3IP, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 1SO

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE OFFENSE - James Huisman - 2-3, 2 runs; Zach Carlson - 2-3, RBI


BRANDON-EVANSVILLE PITCHING - Nolan Bartholemew - 5IP, 1R, 1ER, 3SO, 5BB

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE OFFENSE - Carlson - 3-4, 3B; Juul - 2-3, 2 runs; Christianson - 2-4, 3 RBIs; Bartholemew - 2-4, 3 RBIs; Satterlie - 2-3, 2 RBIs, 2B



BRANDON-EVANSVILLE OFFENSE - Christianson - 1-3; Campbell - 1-3


BRANDON-EVANSVILLE PITCHING - Satterlie - 6IP, 8H, 7R, 2ER, 1SO, 0BB; Hanson - 1IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 1SO

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE OFFENSE - Carlson - 3-5, 2 2B,3 runs; Brandon Christianson - 2-3, RBI, run; Nolan Bartholemew - 2-4, 2 RBIs; Craig Campbell - 2-3, RBI; JT Huisman - 2-4

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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