GRAND FORKS -- Thanks to an early scoring barrage, Mark Hanrahan evened his record to 3-3 as the Brainerd Mighty Gulls defeated the Grand Forks Channel Cats 9-4 in Northwoods League baseball Thursday.
Hanrahan allowed four hits and one earned run in eight solid innings. He struck out six and moved his ERA to a respectable 3.62.
After the first inning, in which Brainerd knocked in three runs, Hanrahan cruised through seven innings of shut out baseball. Brainerd padded their lead with six runs in the seventh.
Catcher, Ryan Wickham was 2-for-4 with two runs and a RBI. Luke Appart and Matt Johns each had two hits and Rick Helland was 1-2 with two RBI and a run.
The Gulls move their record to 24-26 and return home to host a four game series with Minot today at Mills Field.
Brainerd 300 000 600 -- 9 10 0
Grand Forks 000 000 013 -- 4 7 1
Brainerd -- Mark Hanrahan, LaChance (9) and Ryan Wickham and Trevor Frederickson; Grand Forks -- Chad Barton, Kevin Marchael (6) and Josh Shackelford. WP -- Hanrahan. LP -- Barton. Overall -- 24-26. Next game -- Gulls host Minot today at 7:05 p.m.
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