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Softball: Chargers drop doubleheader but grateful for chance to play

Kristin Kokett

Brandon-Evansville became the first softball team to take the field this season, and it took finding a dome to do it.

The Chargers went to St. John's University to play in the Skalicky Dome against Browerville in two five-inning games on Friday evening. Both teams pitched well, but Browerville came away with a sweep by scores of 2-1 in the nightcap after taking the opener 3-0.

"In game two, we were able to make some adjustments in the box and put solid contact on the ball," B-E head coach Kasi Sieling said. "Offensively, we had a few long at-bats and hit the ball hard but just couldn't string hits together when we needed to. A few defensive miscues and base-running mistakes proved costly in this game, but they are situations this young team will learn from and improve on going forward."

The Chargers scattered five hits in game two, with Kristin Kokett hitting a solo home run for the team's only run. Browerville's Marissa Callahan struck out seven and walked nobody in the complete-game win.

Sara Jacobson countered her for B-E and struck out seven herself. Jacobson allowed just one hit and one walk, with just one of her runs allowed being earned.

Callahan was equally as impressive in game one as she allowed just two hits and struck out nine in the five-inning shutout. The Tigers scored all three of their runs in the third inning, with the big hit coming on a two-run double from Taylor Schnettler.

Kokett started in the circle for B-E and allowed just three hits and struck out nine in five innings, but also allowed five walks. The Chargers' two hits came from Kerryn Lund and Megan Lauthen.

"We struggled to put the ball in play in this game and just couldn't seem to get runners on base to get anything going," Sieling said. "Defensively, I was very happy with the way we played. The girls worked out of situations with runners in scoring positions and were able to keep their focus from beginning to end. We had some first-game jitters to work out and learned some valuable lessons."

On a weekend when snow covered many parts of Minnesota again, the Chargers were grateful to get a couple games in to start their season.

"I am very pleased with what we saw today and it felt great to finally play, even though it was in a bit of a different setting in a dome," Sieling said.

BROWERVILLE 2, B-E 1

PITCHING - Browerville - Marissa Callahan - W, 5IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 7SO; B-E - Sara Jacobson - L, 4IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, 1BB, 7SO

B-E OFFENSE - Kristin Kokett - 1-3, HR, RBI, 1 run; Emily Bukkila - 1-2; Payton Schaefer - 1-2; Kristin Koep - 1-2; Alena Shores - 1-1

BROWERVILLE 3, B-E 0

PITCHING - Browerville - Callahan - W, 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 9SO; B-E - Kokett - L, 5IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 9SO

B-E OFFENSE - Kerryn Lund - 1-2; Megan Lauthen - 1-2

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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