Blake Berger is a beast.Berger hit a pair of homeruns during a 10-0 blowout win over Hudson in 7 innings last Friday. Berger also hit a home-run during a 10-3 win against New Richmond last Wednesday.
“I’m seeing the ball really well,” Berger said.
Brandon Rolf returned from playing at UW-Superior and added a pair of hits each night along with a great catch in centerfield. Offensively, the team hit up and down the lineup and played good defense. Ethan Freese pitched lights out versus Hudson. Noah Berger pitched very well too with the win against New Richmond with Mike Piletich picking up the save.
“Piletich was dropping in a nice curveball for strikes,” said Dave Measner.
The Braves play 16 conference games and need to win nine of 16 to make the playoffs. Currently the Braves are 2-1 in conference and will face conference foe River Falls on June 6 at Oakey Park. River Falls has yet to play a conference game. The Braves will host the St. Paul Mudhens this Friday in non-conference action.
During the early season, the Braves have scored 12, 10, and 10 runs during three conference games.
“When you hit the ball hard and have good pitching, you’re going to win baseball games,” Brady Flaherty said.
Last Sunday, the Braves fell to Spooner 7-2 in a non-conference game. Newcomers Hunter Pederson and Brady Berg pitched better than the final score with Berg pitching three shutout innings. But, the Braves had some miscues on defense and were unable to get the key hit in multiple innings with runners on base.
Brett Nelson had a good week with some key hits and played second base and played catcher at Spooner. Derrick Schmidt led the Braves at Spooner going 2 for 3 with a double and solid play at shortstop.
Expected starters for this week may be Ethan Freese vs. River Falls and the combination of Brett Carlson and Brady Berg on Friday night vs. the Mudhens.
The Braves play at Hager City on Saturday with either Noah Berger or Tyler Maxon as the likely starter.