Valders breaks deadlock in seventh to edge Brillion sluggers

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BRILLION – The Brillion High School baseball team lost 8-3 on Tuesday at Valders.

Both teams were scoreless through the first three innings, but Brillion eventually went up 1-0 going into the fifth.

Then in that frame, the Vikings scored three runs to swing the momentum in their favor.

Brillion, however, swung it right back to their dugout in the bottom of the sixth.

The Lions tacked on two runs to knot the game at 3-3 going into a decisive seventh inning.

Unfortunately, the game’s momentum continued its fickle journey back to the Vikings, this time for good.

In the top of the seventh, Valders exploded for five runs to completely deflate Brillion’s sluggers at the most critical juncture of the contest.

The leadoff runner of the inning reached first on a walk. Then a miscue led to runners reaching first and third.

Then, as Brillion coach Dean Laux referred to it, “the floodgates opened.”

The Lions had no answer to this onslaught in the game’s last act and bowed out with with no further scoring.

Some of Tuesday’s struggles may be tied to a different set of games altogether, Laux said.

“We had a big letdown on Saturday, losing to Wrightstown, so I think the guys were still down from the double header losses. We just struggled all-around today,” Laux said, noting “Our hitting has been fantastic until today.”

In all, Brillion had three errors, three hits and three runs. Losing pitcher was Bailey Krueger.

Tanner Behnke accounted for most of the Brillion offense. He went 2 for 3 with two RBI and a double.

With the loss, the Lions record falls to 2-4 on the season.

To read the full story, see the April 19, 2012 edition of The Brillion News.