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Softball: B-E’s strong season comes to an end, WCA advances

Alena Shores

The Brandon-Evansville softball team was eliminated from the Section 6A tournament after losing to Browerville 4-2.

The Chargers traveled to Frazee for a first round game with New York Mills on Thursday night. The defending state champions sent Brandon-Evansville to the losers bracket after winning 5-1.

The Eagles scored two runs in the bottom of the first. The Chargers were able to get one back in the top of the third – only to be answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning from New York Mills.

“New York Mills is a very tough team and just got timely hits that we couldn’t seem to get in the first game,” B-E head coach Kasi Sieling said. “We played good team defense, but they were able to find the gaps and move runners around. Offensively, we just weren’t able to really get anything started to put the pressure on the Eagles.”

Mikenna Pattrin started in the circle for B-E and threw all six innings. She allowed six hits, four earned runs and struck out five hitters. Alena Shores, Maddie Otto and Sydney Schaefer each had one hit.

The Chargers found themselves in an elimination game with Browerville (18-4). The Chargers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. In the top of the fourth they added another run, but were answered with four runs in the bottom half of the inning from the Tigers. B-E couldn’t spark any more offense and saw its season come to an end.

“We played well the first two innings of this game, but gave up that one big inning, which made all of the difference,” Sieling said. “This is a game of inches and we were right there the whole game but just couldn’t break through. Browerville is a very talented team and came out ahead.”

B-E finished its season with a 16-4 record. Despite the losses, Sieling reflected on how successful this season was.

“It’s never easy to see a season come to an end. I’m extremely proud of how hard the girls battled against two of the top teams in Class A,” she said. “These young athletes worked very hard all season and did everything we asked of them as a coaching staff. Each one of them showed tremendous growth from beginning to end. We have a lot of good athletes returning and will continue to focus on the positives from this season as well as how we can grow and improve to get further next season.”

WCA advances

The West Central Area Knights won their 12th and 13th straight game of the season on Thursday to advance to the Section 6A semifinal through the winners bracket.

The Knights beat Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 5-3 in their first game at Minnewaska Area High School on Thursday. They went on to beat Upsala 8-3 to earn a date with New York Mills (21-2) on Tuesday.

WCA is 18-3 this season. The Knights will play the Eagles on Tuesday in Minnewaska for a spot in the section championship at 5:30 p.m. If they lose, they play at 1 p.m. on Thursday in a second chance to get to the championship game.

B-E    001 000 0 - 1 3 1

NYM  203 000 x - 5 6 1

B-E PITCHING- Mikenna Pattrin 6IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 1BB 5K

B-E HITTING- Alena Shores 1-3, Maddie Otto 1-3, Sydney Schaefer 1-2

B-E                       010 100 0 - 2 6 1

BROWERVILLE   000 400 x- 4 4 1

B-E PITCHING- Mikenna Pattrin 6IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 4K;

B-E HITTING- Bailey Schaefer 2-4, Alena Shores 2-3, R, Korrie Randt 2-3, RBI

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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