ALEXANDRIA -- Allen Craig was 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI for the Alexandria Beetles in a 7-5 victory over the Brainerd Blue Thunder in Northwoods League baseball Saturday.
Jimmy Bacon added three hits for Alexandria and Paul Rice hit a home run.
Robert Dickmann pitched seven innings for the Beetles, allowing two earned runs. He struck out six, walked two and gave up five hits for his third straight win.
Jerad Head was 4-for-5 with a home run, double and two RBI for Brainerd, which lost for the third time in four games. Kyle Mura homered and drove in three Blue Thunder runs and Rodney McMahon contributed two hits.
Losing pitcher John Frawley lasted 4 1/3 innings. He gave up five earned runs and 10 hits, walked none and struck out four.
Head homered to left in the Brainerd first.
Alexandria retaliated with three runs in the bottom of the first. Jeff Tezak and Rice had RBI singles and Tyler LaTorre a run-scoring double.
In the Blue Thunder fifth, Head had an RBI single to left.
Alexandria scored twice in each of the fifth and sixth.
In the fifth, Rice hit a two-run homer to center. In the sixth, Craig ripped a two-run double to left.
Brainerd pulled within the final score in the eighth as Mura hit a three-run homer to center.
Brainerd 100 010 030 -- 5 11 1
Alexandria 300 022 00x -- 7 15 0
Brd-John Frawley, Matt Robinson (5), Gerard Breslin (7), Jon Hansen (8) and Lars Davis. Alex-Robert Dickmann, Justin Klipp, Drew Saberhagen (8), Adam Rapoza (8) and Matt Rademacher. W-Dickmann (3-2). L-Frawley (1-1). Save-Rapoza (8).
LOB-Brd 6, Alex 10. 2B-Brd, Jerad Head; Alex, Jimmy Bacon, Allen Craig, Tyler LaTorre. HR-Brd, Head, Kyle Mura; Alex, Paul Rice. SB-LaTorre.
T-2:59. A-1007. Records-Brd 11-10 second half (25-28 overall.) Alex 11-10 (25-29). Next game-Brainerd at Alexandria 7:05 p.m. Monday.
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