Roundup: Brandon-Evansville hands third-ranked Eagles their first loss; Alexandria falls late, while Ashby sits at 12-0

The Chargers get their biggest win of the season by bouncing back immediately after falling behind in the fifth inning.

Brandon-Evansville's Brady Perleberg pitches in a doubleheader at Ashby on May 4, 2021. Perleberg threw three scoreless innings in relief against third-ranked New York Mills on May 6 to help the Chargers rally for a 12-4 win over the previously-unbeaten Eagles. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

The Brandon-Evansville baseball team was coming off getting swept at the hands of undefeated Ashby (12-0) on May 4 when the Chargers (7-3) had to turn around and host another unbeaten team out of Section 6A on May 6.

New York Mills came into Thursday night ranked No. 3 in the Class A polls through the Minnesota Baseball Coaches Association. Brandon-Evansville promptly handed the Eagles (9-1) their first loss of the season by a 12-4 score.

“I can’t say how pleased I am with the team effort tonight,” B-E head coach Brian Perleberg said. “Every single player who was in the lineup made a contribution and we played with a high level of intensity. Tyler Bitzan and Titus Fuller came up with some clutch extra base hits when we needed them and we got timely hitting when we needed it.”

New York Mills took a 4-2 lead with a three-run top of the fifth inning. The Chargers immediately responded with a two-out, six-run rally in the bottom of that inning. Kian Gackle, Riley Perleberg, Dezmond White and Kyle Schaffran all had hits in the inning.
White added a run-scoring hit in the first inning, and Bitzan had a run-scoring double with two outs in the third inning to put the Chargers up 2-1.

Brady Perleberg stepped up from the mound and got the win in three innings of work. He walked just one batter and struck out five in posting zeroes and allowing no hits. Jayden Hoidahl started on the mound and allowed four runs on five hits over four innings before New York Mills mounted its rally in the fifth.


“Brady’s relief pitching performance was impressive considering the situation when he entered the game in the fifth,” coach Perleberg said. “We were pleased with how composed the defense played against a team of their caliber. Schaffran and Hoidahl played solid defensively in the outfield in some windy and difficult conditions. New York Mills is a well coached and very talented ball club and will be a top force to be reckoned with in Section 6A all season long.”

NY MILLS 001 030 0 - 4 5 5

B-E 101 064 X - 12 9 0

WINNING PITCHER - Brady Perleberg (2-0); LP: Jonah Johnson

Tech rallies past Cardinals in final inning

St. Cloud Tech won a 3-2 game in walk-off fashion on Thursday night to extend Alexandria’s losing skid to five games.

The Cardinals (5-7, 5-4 Central Lakes Conference) led 2-0 before the Tigers (4-7, 3-5 CLC) rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Tech led off that inning with a double, but back-to-back strikeouts put Alexandria one out away from a win.

The Tigers then worked three straight walks to make it 2-1. That set the table for Matt Friesen, who delivered a two-run single for the win.

Lake Hagen had two hits and an RBI for Alexandria, while Reid Reisdorf also collected two hits and a run scored.


The Cardinals have the weekend off before hosting Sauk Rapids for a doubleheader on May 11 starting at 4:30 p.m.

ALEXANDRIA 000 020 0 - 2 5 1

ST. CLOUD TECH 000 000 3 - 3 6 1

ALEXANDRIA PITCHING - Will Suchy - 6.2IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 9SO; Elijah Holthaus - 0IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 0SO

ALEXANDRIA OFFENSE - Brock Lerfald - 0-3, BB; Holthaus - 0-3; Clayton Birdsall - 0-1; Devan Swerman - 0-3, BB; Nate Hammerback - 1-3; Devin Cimbura - 0-3; Shay Endres - 0-3, 1 run; Caleb Runge - 0-2, BB; Reid Reisdorf - 2-3, 1 run; Lake Hagen - 2-3, RBI

Arrows sweep West Central Area to stay perfect

Seventh-ranked Ashby improved its record to 12-0 with 8-2 and 8-5 wins over West Central Area (2-6) on Thursday night.

The Arrows used a five-run inning to secure the 8-5 win. Evan Paulson and Mattson Hoff both had two-run singles in the frame, while Carson Spangler singled in another run.

Torin Olson went 3 1/3 innings on the mound, allowing three runs on three hits and striking out four. Spangler threw the final 3 2/3 innings, recording the last 11 outs to earn the save.


“Key hits in key situations were big for us today,” Ashby head coach Jared Olson said. “Very proud of our effort and especially the work in relief Carson Spangler had.”

The Arrows put up four runs in the seventh inning to secure the 8-2 win. Carter Spangler tripled in that inning, and Brodie Ecker added a single around a Miles Hoff walk and an error on a ball put in play by Carson Spangler. Olson was 2-for-4 at the plate in that game.

Jaden Norby got the win on the mound after going six innings. He scattered five hits and two runs, while striking out 12.

Scores from May 6

Parkers Prairie (3-5) 10, Pillager (3-7) 4

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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