Baseball: Chargers strike back against Mother Nature
The Brandon-Evansville baseball team wasn't going to let Mother Nature win this time. Parents and players had done everything they could over the last several weeks to prepare the field in Evansville, only to be wiped out by another winter storm....
The Brandon-Evansville baseball team wasn't going to let Mother Nature win this time.
Parents and players had done everything they could over the last several weeks to prepare the field in Evansville, only to be wiped out by another winter storm. Not to be deterred, they were back at it again on Tuesday as parents started working in the early morning hours before players joined them after school to prepare for the first pitch of the season against Hancock.
"In the end, through the work of several parents and the ball players after school, we were able to get it in good shape," head coach Brian Perleberg said. "It's great to have the support of parents and of course the kids have been playing inside so long, they were more than willing to shovel these days just to give themselves a chance to get out on the field."
The Chargers played like they were in mid-season form once they finally took the field. Brandon-Evansville got a dominant pitching performance from sophomore Tom Bosek and exploded for 10 runs in the fourth to win 12-0 in five innings.
Bosek took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before it was finally broken up with a hit to left-center field. He allowed two hits and two walks, while striking out 10 in the season debut.
"He was definitely hitting hit spots," Perleberg said. "He pitched a gem for this time of the year."
His offense gave him plenty of run support to work with by sending 14 guys to the plate in the fourth. Zach Carlson, Blake Satterlie, Jake Roers and Mitch Anderson all had two hits on the night. Anderson connected for two doubles and three RBIs. Satterlie had a double and two runs, while Brandon Christianson made his one hit count with a triple and two RBIs.
"You're in the gym and in the batting cages but everything looks different [on the field]," Perleberg said. "You get out here and there's an adjustment period, but we got out here and were able to prove ourselves a little bit."
That's all the Chargers wanted was an opportunity to get on the field. They weren't about to let the opportunity slip through their fingers if there was any way possible to get the game in.
"We were really excited," senior shortstop Billie Juul said. "We've been waiting a long time, and we've put a lot of work into getting the field ready. We were shoveling off the field after practice on Friday. We just had to keep going at it."
Juul made a play that Perleberg called the turning point in the game in the third inning. He fielded a ground ball up the middle, stepped on second and threw on to first for a double play that ended a bases-loaded threat with one out. It was still just a 2-0 game at the time. Those are the kind of moments that the Chargers and baseball teams all over the state have been itching to make for more than a month now.
"They're always excited after those first two weeks of practice," Perleberg said. "This year, it's just an exclamation point on top of it because it's been, I don't know, five weeks? I quit counting, but I think it's about five weeks that they've been put through a lot of indoor torture. Excited is probably an understatement and a little surprised. I don't think a lot of guys thought when we left practice yesterday and we looked out here and it was pretty much all white, we really didn't think it was going to happen."
HANCOCK 000 00 - 0 2 3
B-E 110 (10)X - 12 13 0
PITCHING - Bosek - W, 5IP, 2H, 2BB, 10SO; LP - T. Holleman - 3 2/3IP, 10H, 0BB
B-E OFFENSE - Carlson - 2-3, 2 SB; Satterlie - 2-3, 2B, 2 runs; Roers - 2-3; Anderson - 2-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI; Christianson - 1-2, 3B, 2 RBI; Craig Campbell - 1 hit; Bosek - 1 hit; Kevin Roers - 1 hit; Juul - 1 hit