The Brainerd Bees finished their season with a 15-14 record after being eliminated Friday from the Section 7B playoffs with a 5-4 loss to the top-ranked Sauk Rapids Cyclones.
Blake Eller was tagged with loss. He allowed five earned runs on nine hits and seven walks. He struck out three in eight innings of work.
Brainerd trailed 3-2 heading into the seventh inning. Jack Hegarty singled and moved to second on an error. Pat Skogen, who finished 2-5 with a double, drove in Hegarty to tie the game.
Joel Martin doubled in the eighth and advanced to third on a passed ball. Nate DeChaine then singled to hand the Bees a 4-3 lead.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Cyclones rallied when Paul Schlangen doubled in the tying run. After the Bees exacuted a double play, Schlangen scored the winning run on a two out, two strike wild pitch.
“It was two very disappointing losses in the playoffs to Cold Spring and the Cyclones,” said Bees head coach Tim Martin. “It sure felt like we outplayed both teams except for the final score. I guess that is all that matters, though.
“We played really well throughout the playoffs. We left 23 runners on base in our two losses. The lack of a big hit was our downfall.”
Hegarty finished 3-4 with a double and an RBI. Tom Fairbanks and Nate DeChaine each had RBI singles.