Brandon-Evansville scored in every inning but the second on Thursday as they banged out 18 hits on the way to a 14-7 win over Ashby, surviving seven errors in the field to post the victory.
Mikenna Pattrin (5IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K) was the winner in relief of starter Sara Jacobson (2IP, 4H, 5R, 1ER, 1BB, 2K).
Josey Ness (6IP, 18H, 14R, 12ER, 2BB, 5K) took the loss for the Arrows.
Brandon-Evansville was led by Korrie Randt (2-4, 3R), Jacobson (3-4, R), Pattrin (4-5, 2R, 3 RBI, 2B), Kaylee Bitzan (2-3, R, RBI), Bailey Schaefer (3-4, 2R, 2 RBI) and Maddie Otto (3-4, R, 3 RBI).
“It took us some time to get settled tonight playing in some different positions and with a few girls getting their first varsity starts,” noted Brandon-Evansville Head Coach Kasi Sieling. “Committing four errors and giving up five runs in the first inning is never the way you want to start a game, but the girls never stopped fighting and focused on erasing that deficit one at bat at a time. It was awesome to see them come together and string hits together throughout the game. In the first inning we were able to get one run in, but left runners stranded. In the third inning we were finally able to get the timely hitting to bring runners in and even the game at 5-5. Each of our batters were disciplined and hit the ball hard throughout their at bats. It was awesome to see the younger girls stepping up and taking advantage of the opportunities they were given. The team showed a lot of fight and didn’t let the rough start to the game slow them down in fighting to the end. This was an excellent team win with girls stepping up to make the big plays when they needed to.”
Leaders at the plate for Ashby were Amelia Barry (2-4, 2R), Ness (1-4) and Courtney Koefod (2-4, 2B, R, RBI).
"Going into this game we knew we would have to work hard," said Ashby Head Coach Autumn Aeling. "The first time we played B-E we won in extra innings and had to battle the whole game. This time around we had a few girls playing in new spots or making one of their first appearances on varsity. We started out hot with the bats and brought some girls home, but as the game went on we struggled to keep that same intensity at the plate and it got into their heads. This came should have been a lot closer, but Brandon-Evansville worked hard for their win."