In the 1990s the Brainerd Warriors baseball team won four Central Lakes Conference doubleheaders.
This year the Warriors have swept two doubleheaders from conference foes, including 11-1 and 7-5 wins Tuesday against St. Cloud Tech at Adamson Field.
Just because Brainerd's track record in doubleheaders is spotless doesn't mean Warriors coach Lowell Scearcy has to like them.
"I hate these doubleheaders," Scearcy said. "They were both big conference games. At least when you're playing one game you can rotate your pitching to be ready for it.
"I shouldn't complain about doubleheaders because since we started them in the conference we've been real fortunate as far as winning them all. But I still don't like them at all."
Like it or not the wins raised Brainerd's record to 7-1 in conference play and 9-2 overall.
Kyle Berg's 3-run homer to left-center in the bottom of the fifth enabled Brainerd to walk off with a win.
"I was just thinking I needed to get a good hit and get a couple baserunners in," Berg said. "I wanted to end it quick because we had a doubleheader. I saw a high pitch. Luckily, I was able to get enough of it to get it out."
Berg's blast highlighted a 9-run fifth. Kevin Ericson, Chris Macy and Tim Siekas delivered run-scoring singles in the inning.
Ty Adams had an RBI double in the Warriors' second and eventually scored on an error to put Brainerd ahead 2-1.
Nick Weiland and Adam Hardy combined to limit Tech to four hits. Weiland went four innings, gave up three hits, no earned runs, struck out three and walked one.
"I didn't have very good pop because my arm was pretty sore, sorer than I thought it would be," Weiland said.
Weiland was scratched from a scheduled start last weekend in the Princeton tournament. He did pitch two-thirds of an inning in the tournament Saturday.
"My arm hasn't been good for a year and half," Weiland said. "They say it's overuse but I don't use it that much. I've got a little scar tissue in my elbow."
A 2-run, 2-out error and two sixth-inning fly balls that were lost in the lights in right field led to a 5-run outburst that enabled the Warriors to rally from a 4-2 deficit.
With two out and the bases loaded in the sixth the Warriors' Ty Adams hit a routine ground ball that went through the legs of the Tigers' shortstop, scoring two runs.
Weiland lofted a fly ball to right that fell at the base of the fence after being lost in the lights for a 2-run triple. Matt Means followed with an RBI double to the same location that the right fielder also lost in the lights.
"I couldn't see it," Weiland said. "I thought it might have had a shot to go out. (Assistant coach Keith) Peterson was yelling at me around first to keep moving because he lost it above the lights.
"It looked like the same thing happened with Means. It was above the lights and he didn't pick it up."
Means finished with two doubles. Berg and Macy each had two hits.
Eric Bolt struck out eight in 4 2/3 innings but walked five and gave up three earned runs. Matt Yde pitched one-third of an inning before Ericson finished with two innings of 1-hit relief.
"Eric pitched well at Cold Spring," Scearcy said, "and he pitched well tonight. He seemed to tire a little bit. He had a couple tough innings where the bases were loaded and he threw a lot of pitches. He got his curveball up a couple times and they got a couple pretty good hits off that."
St. Cloud Tech 000 10 --1 4 3
Brainerd 020 09 --11 10 1
Tech -- Adam Holzheimer, Brad Kustermann (5), Ryan Dingmann (5) and Chris Dvorak; Brainerd -- Nick Weiland, Adam Hardy (5) and Kyle Berg. W -- Hardy (1-0). L -- Holzheimer. 2B -- B, Ty Adams. HR -- B, Berg.
St. Cloud Tech 000 040 1 --5 5 3
Brainerd 100 105 x --7 7 2
Tech -- Ryan Morse, John Nemec (6) and Dvorak; Brainerd -- Eric Bolt, Matt Yde (5), Kevin Ericson (6) and Berg. W -- Ericson (2-0). L -- Nemec. 2B --B, Berg, Tim Siekas. 3B -- B, Weiland. HR -- Tech, Brad Turck. Conference -- SCT 1-7, B 7-1. Overall -- SCT 3-8, B 9-2. Next game -- Brainerd at Sartell 5 p.m. Thursday.
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