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Brandon Valley pitching sparks hot start

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The Brandon Valley baseball team is the defending class “A” champion, and has started the new season strong.

After posting a runner-up finish in 2017, Brandon Valley won its first-ever baseball championship in 2018. 

“The kids were hungry for it, and you could see in their work ethic, we got right back after it in the fall. I mean as a program, it was awesome, to get the first state title it was amazing and now we set ourselves in a situation where we’re looking to try to get more,” Brandon Valley Coach Jeremy VanHeel said.

The Lynx aren’t resting on their laurels.  The team boasts a 10-1 in-state record, thanks in large part to a terrific pitching staff.

“There’s a lot of good teams around here but our pitching depth is really come though and shown, this year, a lot of guys going deep into games and just really showing that we’ve got some talent on this team,” Dylan Kirkeby said.

The Lynx are allowing less than three runs per game over those eleven in-state contests, led by Dylan Kirkeby and his 1.98 ERA.

“When you have an ace on the mound and you know that he can go out there and just dominate it’s unbelievable. I mean in the last three games, each time, he’s had 14 strikeouts to where you’re not even having to field the ball on two-thirds of the outs in a game, it’s unbelievable,” Will Brown said.

As the playoffs approach, Brandon Valley has a few areas to improve on, but plans to have a say in who wins the class “A” championship.

“I would say consistency on the offensive end is definitely a huge thing. It’s tough with wood bats so we do work a lot of bunts, fundamentals and things like that. So it’s little things but when we have our nights, yeah we really have our nights. So if we can consistently get ourselves to a place where we’re hitting 6 to 8 hits a night, I mean, we’re hard to beat,” Brown says.  

Brandon Valley returns to action Friday night against Rapid City Stevens.

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