Ben Karkela, Published June 08 2011
Hornets sting Brandon-Evansville in elimination game
The Hornets fell behind early, but bounced back in a big way to defeat Brandon-Evansville 11-5 in a Minnesota Class 1A, Section 6 baseball tournament elimination game on Tuesday at Legion Field.
“We came in with our backs against the wall,” Frazee coach Dustin Geiser said. “We’re one step closer of our team goal of making it to the state tournament.”
Frazee starting pitcher Matt Brower threw four innings, giving up three runs. The senior pitcher also had two hits, including a deep double to left field that drove in two runs.
“I just wanted to make contact with the ball and hit it hard somewhere,” Brower said. “I wasn’t feeling as strong today as I usually am, but I got through it.”
With a heavy breeze and high temperatures, Frazee used timely hitting and good base running to bring runs across the plate. The Hornets put the game out of reach in the fifth inning, sending nine batters to the plate and scoring five runs on four hits.
Cody Piper led off the inning by popping a high fly to the outfield. Two fielders miscommunicated and let the ball drop, allowing Piper to reach second base. Andrew Wendt singled down the third-base line, scoring Piper, then Jordan Keller grounded out to short.
Jacob Galbrecht doubled and Brandon Vanwatermulen was hit by a pitch before Brower doubled to left. Hayden Hoskins singled to center to score Brower and Cory Wokash grounded out to end the inning.
The Chargers put up runs in four straight innings, but couldn’t score in bunches like the Hornets. Brandon-Evansville head coach Brian Perleberg thought his team played well, but not well enough to get the win.
“Both teams put the ball in play and it was a matter of who could make more plays defensively and limit their walks,” Perleberg said. “Frazee did a better job of that, so you’ve got to give credit to them.”
Sophomore Billie Juul led the Chargers with two hits and two runs scored.
The Hornets scored three runs in the second inning to take the lead. Brandon-Evansville came back with a run in the top of the third, but Frazee extended its lead with two more runs in the bottom of the third.
With the win, No. 2 Frazee advances to the section final against No. 1 New York Mills. Frazee needs to beat the Eagles twice to advance to the state tournament.
New York Mills does not have a loss in the tournament and only needs to beat Frazee once to advance to state.
Brandon-Evansville fell to New York Mills 14-2 in the first game of the day.
BE 101 111 0– 5 9 2
F 032 150 x–11 10 2
Brower, Galbrecht (5) and Wacker. Lund, Goehringer (5) and Henneman. W–Brower. L–Lund.
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