Roundup: Brandon-Evansville and Ashby both add to winning streaks

Brandon-Evansville baseball is 5-1 after a fifth straight win on Monday, and Ashby improved to 6-0 by dominating Border West in a doubleheader on Tuesday.

Tyler Bitzan

The Brandon-Evansville baseball team continued its recent stretch of solid play by winning a fifth straight game in a 7-3 win over Browerville-Eagle Valley on April 26.

The Chargers (5-1) jumped on the Tigers (0-3) with runs in each of the first five innings. Tyler Bitzan got it started with a run-scoring double in the first inning, and Kyle Schaffran added two runs scored and an RBI single in the game.

Bitzan was equally as impressive on the mound where he went 4.2 innings and did not allow a run. He struck out seven around four walks and one hit allowed.

“We had many contributions from a lot of different players and we’re seeing different kids step up when needed both offensively and defensively,” B-E head coach Brian Perleberg said. “Tyler Bitzan and Dezmond White both pitched with confidence and continued finding ways to get outs and are getting more comfortable with every inning pitched.

“Titus Fuller and Brady Perleberg turned in a couple of impressive defensive plays, while Riley Perleberg has adjusted nicely to the catcher's position and has played well offensively. Tonight, we got Jayden Hoidahl into the lineup for the first time this season, which gave our outfield a boost and Kyle Schaffran is seeing the ball very well at the plate. We still have plenty of work to do and are looking forward to a few days of preparation after playing five games in a row since our last practice.”


BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 111 210 1 - 7 6 3

BROWERVILLE-EV 000 000 3 - 3 3 3

B-E PITCHING - Tyler Bitzan - W, 4.2IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, 7SO; Dezmond White - 2IP, 1H, 0R, 1SO; Jayden Hoidahl - 1/3IP, 1H, 3R, 4BB

B-E OFFENSE - Riley Perleberg - 2-4, 2B, 1 run; Kyle Schaffran - 1-1, 2 runs, SB, RBI; Bitzan - 1-4, 2B, RBI; Titus Fuller - 1B; Xavier Grussing - 1B

Ashby cruises to 6-0

Ashby is looking very much like a contender through a 6-0 start after sweeping Border West (0-4) in 12-2 and 13-0 games on Tuesday.

“We had solid performances on the mound and hit the ball hard today,” Ashby head coach Jared Larson said. “It was fun to see Zach Fagre, Sam Sorenson and Bradee Christiansen get some playing time as well. Two great team wins.”

Jaden Norby


Jaden Norby had four RBIs in the 12-2 win. Norby homered, doubled and singled to drive in those runs. The Arrows had 14 hits in the game, with Carter Spangler, Hunter and Jaden Norby and Evan Paulson all racking up multiple hits. Spangler was 4-for-4 at the plate.

Hunter Norby allowed just two hits and two runs over five innings. He stuck out five in getting the win. Jaden Norby allowed just four hits in the 13-0 shutout. He struck out 11 in five innings and walked one.

Mattson Hoff had a home run in that game to help lead the offense. It was part of two hits in the game for Hoff, as Paulson joined him with multiple hits.

Scores from Tuesday, April 27

(Stats not available)

Parkers Prairie (1-3) 12, Pillager (2-4) 1

Minnewaska (4-3) 4, Benson (5-1) 0

Benson 6, Minnewaska 5


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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