MANKATO - The Brainerd Blue Thunder built a 5-4 lead only to see the Mankato MoonDogs score 12 runs over the next four innings to secure a 17-8 Northwoods League victory Friday.
Mankato scored four in the bottom of the first before Brainerd rallied with five in the top of the second.
Trey Lucas doubled to drive in Tim Winslow and Adam Petterson hit a double to drive in Lucas and Jonathan Schmidt. Devon Ramirez scored on a passed ball and Petterson made it home on Greg Garcia's double.
Garcia finished 2-5 with an RBI and Lucas went 2-4 with two runs and three RBIs as he pounded a two-run home run in the fifth.
Then it was Mankato's time to rally as it scored four in the third, three in the fourth and four more in the fifth inning.
Michael Rocket went 3-4 with a double, triple, four RBIs and a run. Kyle Knudson hit a home run and finished with four RBIs and three runs scored. Mankato tallied seven extra-base hits.
Brainerd 050 020 100 - 8 10 3
Mankato 404 341 01x - 17 15 0
Brainerd: Darryl Stringfield, Spencer Parish (3), Michael Gedman (3) and Trey Lucas. Mankato: Kolby Wood, Wes Freie (5), Brendan Lafferty (6), Cory Harrilchak (8) and Carlos Ramirez.
WP:Lafferty (1-0) . LP: Stringfield.
2B: Brd-Adam Petterson, Greg Garcia, Lucas; M-Michael Rockett, Harrilchak 2, Michael Lobacz, Tony Strazzara, Cass Viz. 3B: M-Rockett. HR: Brd-Lucas; M-Kyle Knudson. SB: M-Rockett, Bobby Munoz. RBI: Brd-Petterson 2, Garcia 1, Lucas 3; M-Rockett 4, Harrilchak 2, Ramirez 1, Mike Lobacz 2, Tony Strazzara 1, Knudson 4, Cass Viz 2.
DP: Brd 1. LOB: Brd 6, M 13.
Time: 3:08. Attendance: 1,413.
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