MANKATO -- The Brainerd Mighty Gulls continued their mastery of the Mankato Mashers Friday with an 8-2 victory in Northwoods League Action at Franklin Rogers Field.
The Mighty Gulls have now won three straight games over Mankato, three straight since the all-star break and four straight games overall.
All eight of the runs the Gulls scored Friday were unearned as the Mashers committed five errors.
The Gulls recorded only four hits -- a double by catcher Trevor Frederickson and singles by Mike McCoy, Ryan Wickham and Luke Appert.
But it was certainly enough offense for Brainerd starter Mike Ziroli. The Northwoods All-Star from Eastern Illinois tossed a two-hit complete game at Mankato. He allowed only one earned run and struck out eight batters.
Brainerd 000 300 500 -- 8 4 3
Mankato 000 020 000 -- 2 2 5
Brainerd -- Mike Ziroli and Ryan Wickham, Trevor Frederickson; Mankato -- Baca, Whinnery (7), Green (8), Riggins (9) and Beaulieu. WP -- Ziroli. LP -- Baca. Attendance -- 473. Overall -- B 19-20. 2nd Half -- B 5-4, M 4-6.
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