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Chargers beat Ortonville in extra innings

Brandon Christianson waits for a pitch against Osakis on April 15. Christianson led the 10th-inning rally against Ortonville after getting on with a triple and scoring the winning run on a passed ball. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)

In 10 innings, the Brandon-Evansville baseball team managed to pull out another close game, defeating Ortonville 11-10 Tuesday in Evansville.

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The teams were tied in the bottom of the 10th when Brandon Christianson tripled down the left-field line. He then scored on a passed ball to send the Chargers home a walk-off winner. The victory came despite plenty of miscues on the defensive side of the ball.

Robbie Juul started the game for the Chargers but only pitched three innings. Head coach Brian Perleberg said the six runs Ortonville scored through the three innings Juul pitched were all unearned.

“Early in the game our defense played very, very poorly, committing seven errors in the first four innings, which led to eight unearned runs,” head coach Brian Perleberg said. “Once we got that out of our system we played some pretty clean baseball the rest of the game, which allowed our offense to start chipping away at the six run deficit we had dug ourselves into.”

Brandon-Evansville scored four runs in both the second and third innings to climb back into the game. Brandon Christianson led the offense by going 3-for-6 with a triple, a run and an RBI. Kevin Campbell went 2-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored, Christian McGaffey went 2-for-6 with an RBI and Kevin Roers went 2-for-4 with two runs.

Tom Bosek pitched seven innings in relief of Juul to pick up the win.

“Fortunately, we received a top notch pitching performance from Tom Bosek, who got better as the game went on, striking out seven of the last nine batters he faced,” Perleberg said.

The win improved the Chargers to 9-2 overall and 7-0 in the conference.

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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