Dezmond White delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning on Friday, lifting the Brandon-Evansville baseball team to a 7-6 win over Ottertail Central.
“Tonight we had our backs to the wall a couple of times and I’m glad to see that we were able to step up and find a way to compete," commented Brandon-Evansville Head Coach Brian Perleberg. "Being down 3-0 going to the bottom of the 5th inning was one of the times we needed our offense to find a spark and tonight, Riley Perleberg’s lead-off double ignited the rally. It just seemed like after that, everyone starting hitting the ball better and Tyler Bitzan’s triple was what we needed to finally capture the momentum.”
B-E had ten hits in the game, with Titus Fuller, White and Brady Perleberg contributing multiple hits in the contest. The Chargers also stole eleven bases, led by Kian Gackle who swiped three bags.
White (4IP, 2H, 3R, 4K) was the starting pitcher for Brandon-Evansville. Tyler Bitzan (4IP, 3R, 2H, 6K) was the winning pitcher. Cian Buehler (3.2IP, 3R, 4H, 4K, 1BB) took the loss for OTC. Lane Dilly (4IP, 4R, 1K, 0BB) started the game for the Bulldogs.
Joey Kupfer led OTC with two hits in four at bats.
“OTC didn’t just roll over, they were patient and poised in making a big rally in the bottom of the 7th," added Coach Perleberg. "Not only did they come back to tie the game, they had a chance to take the lead, which was the other time in this game that I thought our kids stepped up when they needed to defensively and allowed us to extend the game into extra innings.”
Ottertail Central won the JV game by the score of 10-4. Kale Misegades (4IP, 8H, 4R, 4K, 1BB) was the winning pitcher for the Bulldogs. Owen Harig (3IP, Save) recorded the last nine outs out of the bullpen. Lucas Fuller (3IP, 1H, 3R, 2K) started on the mound for Brandon-Evansville and Riley Perleberg (2.2IP, 7R, 3H, 2K, 1BB) took the loss.
Offensively, OTC stole six bases with Misegades coming up with four of them. B-E had 5 steals. The Chargers were led at the plate by Ben Siefert with two hits in three at bats.