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Lions fall just short in 41-run Brillion-FVL slugfest

The Brillion News

BRILLION – With 41 runs scored in Tuesday’s game at home, Brillion baseball coach Dean Laux said the scoreboard of the Lions’ battle against Fox Valley Lutheran looked like it belonged beside a football field instead of a baseball diamond.

With a final score of 21-20, its hard to argue Laux’s theory.

Unfortunately for Laux, his Lions were on the losing side of this equation.

Though the sting of losing a game after scoring 20 runs was felt in the dugout for Brillion, there was a silver lining.

The Lions showed incredible resolve throughout the contest, trailing by huge margins throughout the game but sticking with it on a cold, windy day to force all seven innings.

Fox Valley Lutheran initially jumped ahead 10-1 after two innings, and by 15-2 after three innings. With this commanding advantage, it looked like Brillion’s fans covered by blankets would be packing up their things early.

FVL then extended its advantage to 19-6 in the top of the fifth. But that’s when Brillion’s bats came alive, ensuring that all seven innings would take place.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Lions scored 10 runs to pull to within five.

In the sixth inning, Brillion swung home four more runs on their epic rally to put the score at 21-20.

That’s where the magic ended, though.

Neither team notched any runs in the seventh frame, and Fox Valley walked away with a win in a closer and longer game than the early innings were foreshadowing.

Travis Stever took the loss on the mound for Brillion.

At the plate, Brandon Pribbernow went 4 for 5 with a double and a triple. Meanwhile, Stever went 4 for 5 as well and had three doubles.

Zack Deitrich was next best with a 2-for-5 performance and two doubles.

To see more photos from the game … pick up a copy of the April 12, 2012 edition of The Brillion News.

 

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