Tyler Bitzan’s five-hit game leads B-E to sweep, while Ashby fends off Browerville

Evan Paulson gets the game-winning hit for Ashby.

Tyler Bitzan

The Brandon-Evansville baseball team swept a doubleheader with Border West on Monday by 19-13 and 6-2 finals as the Chargers improved to 9-4 on the season.

Brandon-Evansville used a four-run first inning in game one to secure a win. Dezmond White allowed just four hits and no runs through five innings on the mound to get the win. White, Brady Perleberg and Jayden Hoidahl all had two hits apiece.

“Dezmond has been very consistent on the mound all year and today was no different,” B-E head coach Brian Perleberg said. “He threw good, hard strikes while his defense played soundly behind him and we made the big plays when we had to.”
Tyler Bitzan was the story of game two. He got the win on the mound by allowing one earned run in four innings while allowing four hits and striking out two. His biggest damage was done at the plate where he went 5-of-6 with a double, a triple and three singles.

Hunter Koep had three hits, and Brady Perleberg finished with two around one hit a piece from Brian Lauthen, White, Titus Fuller, Riley Perleberg and Xavier Grussing.

“We are certainly pleased with how well we swung the bats, but we lacked consistency on defense and on the mound,” coach Perleberg said. “We are a young team and still need to find ways to close out games when given the opportunity. The most important thing is that the kids are having fun and we are learning as we go. After playing six games in the last week, we are looking forward to a couple days of practice before a big conference doubleheader on Thursday against Hancock.”


Ashby survives for 13th straight win

Ashby has blown out a lot of teams on the way to a 13-0 start, but the Arrows have also found ways to win three one-run games now after beating Browerville-Eagle Valley 7-6 Monday.

Evan Paulson got the game-winning hit in the top of the sixth on a single that broke a 6-6 tie. The Arrows led 6-0 at one point before the Tigers (3-9) scored six unanswered runs.

Hunter Norby started on the mound for Ashby and allowed no hits through four innings, striking out six before not factoring in the decision. Paulson led the offense with a 3-for-4 day.

“It wasn’t pretty but we found a way to win,” Ashby head coach Jared Larson said. “Props to Browerville on never giving up and playing a full game.”

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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