COLD SPRING — Brainerd opened the District 6 VFW tournament with an all-around solid performance, shutting out Cold Spring 10-0 in five innings at Cold Spring Baseball Park Monday afternoon.
TJ Graumann pitched all five innings, giving up just three hits while striking out eight and walking just one.
Logan Jones went 3-3 with a single, double and a triple, scoring once and driving in a run. His double and triple came in Brainerd’s seven-run fourth inning.
Drew Sannes finished 2-3 with a double, two runs scored and a pair of RBIs. Conor Gessell added a double and scored twice while Beau Janousek was 1-1, with three walks and two runs scored.
This was the third game in a row that Brainerd committed no errors, in either sub-district or district play.
Brainerd faces Sauk Rapids in the second round at noon Tuesday, with the winner advancing to a semi-final game on Wednesday at 5 p.m. while the loser plays at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the loser’s bracket. All games are at Cold Spring.
Brainerd 10 10 0 (5 innings)
Cold Spring 0 3 2
WP: TJ Graumann. LP: Brad Fabel. 2B: Logan Jones, Drew Sannes, Conor Gessell. 3B: Jones. Next: Brainerd vs. Sauk Rapids at Cold Spring noon Tuesday.
District 6 Opening Round
Sauk Rapids 8, St. Cloud Red 5
Brainerd 10, Cold Spring 0 (5 innings)
St. Cloud Blue 6, St. Cloud West 1
Little Falls 4, Monticello 3 (10 innings)