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B-E softball: Bukkila goes out an MVP

The Brandon-Evansville softball team had plenty to celebrate at its season-ending awards banquet after the Chargers won a fifth straight Pheasant Conference title this spring.

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Brandon-Evansville senior Emily Bukkila throws to first for an out against Parkers Prairie on April 26, 2018. Bukkila was named B-E's team MVP and earned the Silver Slugger Award with a .492 batting average to go along with 22 runs scored and 21 RBIs. (Emily Myrin / Echo Press)

The Brandon-Evansville softball team had plenty to celebrate at its season-ending awards banquet after the Chargers won a fifth straight Pheasant Conference title this spring.

Brandon-Evansville had a predominantly new group of players this year that went 15-6 overall, but it was a senior staple in the lineup that won the MVP award. Emily Bukkila got that honor and the Silver Slugger Award after a season where she hit .492 with 21 RBIs and 22 runs scored on three doubles, two triples and three home runs.

Bukkila was one of five B-E players who earned All-Pheasant Conference honors. Senior Payton Schaefer, sophomore Kristen Kokett and freshmen Bailey Schaefer and Mikenna Pattrin joined her, while senior Allie Satterlie and junior Alena Shores were honorable mention.

Kokett earned the Chargers' Gold Glove Award for her defense. Bailey Schaefer got the Miss Hustle Award and Maddie Otto earned the Most Improved Award. Kristin Koep and Morgan Bitzan were also given an Athlete in Charge honor to award someone who meets the traits of being courageous, honest, accountable, respectful, gracious and excellent.

The Chargers had an offense that put up eight runs per game with a team batting average of .358.

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Off the field, they earned a team Academic Silver Award with a cumulative GPA of over 3.50.

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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