SAUK RAPIDS -- Brainerd defeated Sartell 9-6 in the North Subdistrict 6 VFW baseball tournament Tuesday to lock up a spot in the district tournament.
Jake Johnson pitched six innings for Brainerd, striking out six and walking three while allowing one earned run. Zach Heidmann pitched one inning of relief to ensure the win.
Brainerd collected 13 hits, led by Nick Schueller's 3-for-3 effort. Johnson was 2-4 with two RBI and Matt Siegel was 2-4.
Also on Tuesday, Sauk Rapids defeated Onamia 9-2 and Sartell defeated Sauk Rapids 3-2.
Brainerd plays Sartell 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sauk Rapids for the subdistrict title. A second game, if Sartell wins the first, is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
Brainerd and Sartell advance to next week's district tournament along with Cold Spring and Litchfield from the South subdistrict.
WP-Jake Johnson (1-0). LP-Yunek. 2B-Johnson. SB-Siegel, Impola. Record-Brainerd 29-10
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