The Brandon-Evansville baseball team found a way to win another close game on Monday night as the Chargers beat Wheaton-Herman-Norcross 6-5 in eight innings after a late rally.
Junior Jake Hintermeister had the big hit in a win over West Central Area last week, and he was at it again on Monday. Hintermeister sent his team home walk-off winners with an RBI single that scored freshman Jesse Perleberg after he started the rally with a one-out single of his own in the bottom of the eighth.
"This was a gutty performance by our kids as we had to battle back after giving up our four-run lead late in the game," B-E head coach Brian Perleberg said. "Tanner Bitzan gave us another quality start by throwing four scoreless innings to begin the game. Wheaton had a big fifth inning and definitely had the momentum heading into the sixth."
The Chargers (9-4, 8-3 Pheasant Conference) led 4-0 through three frames before the Warriors (1-11, 0-7 Pheasant) took the lead with a five-run fifth. WHN's Jacob Hasbargen doubled, and Eric Schwagel and Spencer Ellison both singled, while an error by B-E also aided in the big inning.
The Chargers came right back with a single run in the bottom of the sixth to tie it at five. Nick Thorstad, who had doubled in a run earlier in the game, led off the inning with a single. Keagan Schiele singled him to second, and Thorstad eventually came around to score on Hintermeister's RBI groundout.
"Jake did a great job of putting the ball in play," coach Perleberg said. "I also can't say enough about Kevin Campbell's relief appearance. He came into the game in the sixth inning, and retired all nine batters he faced. You just can't ask for more than that out of a reliever."
Campbell got the win on the mound, while Hintermeister led the offense with two hits and three RBIs. Campbell, Austin Bitzan and Thorstad all had two hits, as well.
"Wheaton's record is very deceiving," B. Perleberg said. "They are much better than their record shows and have played in a lot of close games this year. They have the potential to surprise some teams in the playoffs."
The Chargers will try to build on a three-game winning streak when they go to Lake Park-Audubon tonight, Tuesday, at 4:30 p.m.
WHN 000 050 00 - 5 7 2
B-E 301 001 01 - 6 11 2
WP: Kevin Campbell; LP: Nelson Schmidt
B-E OFFENSE - Jake Hintermeister - 2-4, 3 RBI; Campbell - 2-4; Austin Bitzan - 2-4; Nick Thorstad - 2-3, 2B; Keagan Schiele - 1-1; Jesse Perleberg - 1-3; Gaven Jacobson - 1-4, 2 RBI
WHN OFFENSE - Jacob Hasbargen - 1-4, 2B; Eric Schwagel - 1-3; Nelson Schmidt - 2-2, 3B