ALEXANDRIA - A three-run eighth inning lifted the Alexandria Beetles to an 8-5 victory over the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers Wednesday at Knute Nelson Park.
Alexandria used a suicide squeeze and a couple of extra base hits to drive in the winning runs.
Brainerd rallied with a run in the top of the ninth but it wasn't enough to prevent the Lunkers' two-game win streak from being snapped.
The Lunkers grabbed a 3-0 lead in the third, but the Beetles answered with three in the bottom half. T.J. Berge knocked out a three-run homer to center, singled and had a walk to improve his batting average on the season to .308.
Hunter Nolen added a solo homer and Justin Gominsky went 2-4 with an RBI.
Alexandria collected six extra base hits, including a a home run from Chase Porch.
Brainerd's Zach Kenyon lasted just three innings, but the loss was tagged to reliever Joey Van Cleave, who falls to 0-5 on the season.
Brainerd falls to 2-3, while Alexandria moves to 3-2. The same two teams square off 6:05 p.m. Thursday in Alexandria.
Brainerd 003 001 001 - 5 8 2
Alexandria 003 100 130 - 8 11 2
Brainerd: Zach Kenyon, M. Mullendore (4), Joey Van Cleave (7) and Michael Kvasnicka.
Alexandria: C. Hudson, Tyler McKendree (7), Mat Miller (9) and Trevor Edwards.
WP: McKendree (1-0). LP: Van Cleave (0-5). Sv: Miller (4).
2B: Alex-Tim Roberson 2, Edwards, Diallo Fon, Marcus Semien
HR: Brd-TJ Berge, Hunter Nolen; Alex-Mikel Alvarez, Chase Porch
RBIs: Brd-Berge 3, Justin Gominsky, Nolen; Alex-Alvarez, Harry Austin 2, Roberson 2, Sean Olenek, Porch, Semien
LOB: Brd 7, Alex 8
Records: Brd 2-3, Alex 3-2
Next: Brainerd at Alexandria 6:05 p.m. Thursday.
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