COLD SPRING -- Chad Weiss pitched a five-hitter to help the top-ranked Brainerd Warriors baseball team to a 4-1 Central Lakes Conference victory over the Rocori Spartans Tuesday.
Weiss struck out three, walked two and did not give up an earned run.
The Warriors ended with the second-best regular season record in program history (19-1). It was Brainerd's best regular season since the 1981 team went 16-0.
Drew Boland had two of the Warriors' seven hits and drove in a run with a seventh-inning single. Jason Sather had a RBI single in the fifth and Andy Pickar and Tony Parrish had run-scoring singles in the sixth.
Brainerd enters the North Subsection 8, Class 3A tournament Friday without right fielder Fred Weiss and No. 1 pitcher Kevin Mertens, both of whom are out for the season. Weiss broke a finger opening a car door and Mertens broke a bone on his throwing hand.
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Brd -- Chad Weiss and Morgan Shepherd. Roc -- Chris Butala, Zach Reif (7) and Dave Jonas. W -- Weiss (4-1). L -- Butala.
2B -- R-Alex Kofoed. SB -- R-Jeff Hommerding. Sac -- B-Drew Boland, Andy Pickar, Mark Germain; R-Eric Decker, Mike Burtzel. RBI -- B-Boland, Pickar, Tony Parrish, Jason Sather; R-Burtzel. LOB -- B 6, R 5. DP -- B 1, R 3.
Conference -- R 9-5, B 13-1. Overall -- R 12-7, B 19-1. Next game -- Brainerd in North Subsection 8, Class 3A tournament Friday TBA.
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