The 2015 baseball season got started with a great pitching duel in a game between Otter Tail Central and Brandon/Evansville Tuesday in Battle Lake.
Junior Andrew VarnErp and senior Nick Trosdahl combined on a seven inning shutout as the Bulldogs defeated the Chargers 1-0.
Opposing for Brandon/Evansville was senior Tom Bosek, who pitched six innings and allowed just three hits, one walk and struck out 10.
OTC's only run came in the bottom of the first inning when junior Jakob Bradsteen singled with one out and then moved station-to-station on three passed balls.
The Chargers had their chances. Brandon/Evansville left nine men on base, including six in the first three innings.
VanErp started and struggled a bit through 2-2/3 innings. He only allowed two hits, but gave up three walks and hit a batter. He got out of his stint unscathed thanks to his defense and three strikeouts.
Trosdahl then came on and struck out six in 4-1/3 innings to earn the victory.
Senior Tyler Aune and junior Cole Kugler had the other two hits for Otter Tail Central.