ALEXANDRIA - With dark clouds rolling over Knute Nelson Park, David Valesente corked a Chase Porch offering over the center field wall for a solo home run that broke a 2-2 tie and lifted the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers to a 5-2 victory over the Alexandria Beetles Thursday.
After a 51-minute rain delay, Brainerd's Justin Gominsky, who finished 3-for-5 with a double and two runs, and Andrew Gudmunson, who finished 1-4 with a run and an RBI, both scored in the eighth for the final score.
Gominsky, who his hitting .386, led off the first with a double and later scored to give the Lunkers a 1-0 lead. Alexandria would later tie it and then take a 1-run edge before Michael Gedman walked and scored on Mike Martinez's single.
Brainerd's Taylor Babich struck out two, walked none and allowed one earned run off of six hits to earn his second win of the season.
Drew Smith pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
The victory is the Lunkers fourth straight and moves them to 12-9, still two games behind North Division leading Mankato, which defeated Thunder Bay 6-0.
Brainerd will host Alexandria 7:05 p.m. Friday. The first 300 children 14 and under will receive a red Lunkers baseball as part of Heart Healthy Night.
Brainerd 100 011 020 - 5 9 3
Alexandria 100 100 000 - 2 11 2
Brainerd: Taylor Babich, Ryan Hawthorne (6), Mike Frongello (7), Drew Smith (9) and Hunter Nolen
Alexandria: Chase Porsch, Wes Patterson (7), Tyler McKendree (8) and Tim Roberson
WP: Taylor Babich. LP: Chase Porch. Sv: Drew Smith.
2B: Brd-Justin Gominsky, Alex-Mike O'Neill
HR: Brd-David Valesente
SB: Brd-Michael Gedman, Alex-O'Neill, Marcus Semien
RBIs: Brd-Andrew Gudmundsen, Valesente
LOB: Brd 5, Alex 11
Records: Brd 12-9, Alex 9-12
Next: Brainerd hosts Alexandria at Mills Fields 7:05 p.m. Friday.
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