LITTLE FALLS — Jack Hegarty belted a pair of solo home runs to lead Brainerd past Little Falls 7-1 in Game One of Monday’s Legion baseball doubleheader before Little Falls came back to take the second contest 5-4.
Also finding success at the plate for Brainerd in the first game were Justin Eschenbacher, 2-4 with a double and two runs, and Nate Eschenbacher, 2-3, also with a double.
Little Falls managed just three hits, two by Collin Eckman and the other by Aaron Hallberg.
Hallberg went 2-2 in Game Two, including a home run in the bottom of the sixth, and scored the winning run in the eighth. Nathan Masog also went 2-2 including a game-winning single that drove in Hallberg.
Brainerd’s Bruce London went 1-2 with a double and Drew Sannes hit a two-out double in the top of the seventh to tie the score at 4-4.
Brainerd improved its record to 5-1 and Little Falls is even at 3-3.
Brainerd 7 9 2
Little Falls 1 3 5
WP: Blake Peterson. LP: Mitch Dorn. 2B: Justin Eschenbacher (Brd), Nate Eschenbacher (Brd). HR: Jack Hegarty (Brd) 2.
Brainerd 4 7 0
Little Falls 5 6 2
WP: Joel Tuholsky. LP: Blake Thiesse. 2B: Bruce London (Brd), Drew Sannes (Brd). HR: Aaron Hallberg (LF). Overall: Brd 5-1, LF 3-3. Next: Brainerd at Bemidji (2) 5 p.m. Wednesday, Little Falls at Bemidji (2) 5 p.m. Tuesday.