The baseball season came to an end for Brandon-Evansville on Tuesday as they suffered a 5-2 loss at the hands of the Browerville/Eagle Valley Tigers.
Browerville/Eagle Valley scored three runs on only one hit in the first inning, taking advantage of a walk and three B-E errors to take a 3-0 lead. In the bottom of the first Kyle Schaffran walked, stole second and third and then scored on a wild pitch to get the Chargers on the scoreboard. B-E cut the lead to 3-2 when Schaffran drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the second, however, they couldn’t do any more damage in the inning.
The Tigers capitalized on an error and a couple of walks in the sixth to stretch their lead to 4-2 and added an insurance run in the seventh on an RBI double by Miguel Malmey.
Leading hitters for B-E were Titus Fuller (2-3) and Hunter Koep (1-3).
“We dug ourselves into an early hole with three errors in the first inning which led to three unearned runs and just could not get into an offensive rhythm,” commented B-E Head Coach Brian Perleberg. “We had some opportunities to tie things up, but just couldn’t get a clutch hit when we needed it. Tyler Bitzan came on in relief and gave us an excellent pitching performance, hurling 5 ⅓ innings, striking out seven and only giving up one run. He really kept us in this game after a shaky start. You have to give credit to Browerville pitcher Nate Benning, he got into a groove after the first two innings and pitched really well for the Tigers today.”
“I’d like to thank our seniors Kyle Schaffran, Brian Lauthen, and Xavier Grussing for their commitment and dedication to our program. Their presence will surely be missed in the future and we thank them for all the wonderful memories they have provided over the years.”