DULUTH - Matt Benedict and Justin Saufley limited Brainerd to four hits but the Duluth Huskies had to score in the bottom of the 10th to nip the Blue Thunder 7-6 in Northwoods League baseball Saturday night at Wade Stadium.
Brainerd tied the game 2-2 in the third and went ahead 4-2 in the fourth. Duluth scored three times in the fifth and once in the sixth for a 6-4 edge.
The Blue Thunder climbed within 6-5 in the seventh when Devon Ramirez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Brainerd tied the game 6-6 in the ninth on Tim Winslow's RBI double.
Duluth won the game with two out in the 10th on a Blue Thunder error.
Michael Lueck, the third Brainerd pitcher, took the loss. In 2 1/3 innings he gave up just one hit and no earned runs, walked one and struck out two.
Chris House was 2-for-4 and Ty Main was 2-5 to lead the Huskies.
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Brd: Scott Foley, Darryl Stringfield (6), Michael Lueck (7) and Tim Winslow.
Dul: Matt Benedict, Justin Saufley (6) and Tyler Steen.
W: Saufley (1-0). L: Lueck (3-7).
DP: Brd 2; Dul 2.
LOB: Brd 14; Dul 11.
2B: Brd-Tim Winslow; Dul-Tim Jobe.
S: Brd-Michael Gedman Dul-Robby Price, Todd Baumgartner, Tyler Steen.
SF: Brd-Jeff Lockwood; Dul: Jobe.
SB: Brd-Greg Garcia; Dul-Chris House 2, Price.
RBI: Brd: AJ Pettersen, Lockwood, Winslow, Devon Ramirez; Dul-House, Steven Chatwood, Jobe, Ty Main.
Second half: Brd 9-20, Dul 12-14.
Next: Mankato at Brainerd, Mills Field, 6:35 p.m. Monday.
Brainerd 7, Duluth 5
DULUTH - A three-run eighth lifted the Blue Thunder past the Huskies 7-5 in the first game of a doubleheader Friday night.
Friday's Game One
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Duluth 020 002 01 - 5 8 5
Brd: Jeff Lockwood, Darryl Stringfield (6), Michael Gedman (6) and Trey Lucas.
Dul: Andrew Hamilton, Sam Murphy (4), Tim Jobe (6), Rob Wort (8) and Taylor Krick.
W: Gedman (5-2). L: Wort (0-1).
LOB: Brd 11, Dul 16.
S: Brd-Greg Garcia, AJ Pettersen, Jared McDonald; Dul-Steven Chatwood, Todd Baumgartner.
SB: Brd-Pettersen 2; Codi Harshman.
RBIs: Brd-Garcia, McDonald, Lucas 2, Curtis Restko, Devon Ramirez; Dul: Robby Price, Chatwood, Krick, Collin Kuhn.
Duluth 15, Brainerd 12
Chris House, Todd Baumgartner and Tim Jobe hit home runs and each had three hits as the Huskies beat the Blue Thunder 15-12 in the second game.
Friday's Game Two
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Duluth 104 064 x - 15 14 1
Brd: Ramirez, Matt DeGagne (5), Adam Kohls (6) and Tim Winslow.
Dul: Dan Bauer, Gary Wilfahrt (4), Ty Main (5) and Chatwood.
W: Main (1-0). L: Kohls (0-3).
LOB: Brd 8; Dul 5.
2B: Brd-Garcia, McDonald, Restko; Dul-Tim Jobe, Krick, Main.
HR: Dul-Chris House, Jobe, Todd Baumgartner.
S: Brd-Pettersen, Kyle Sisney, Nobel Enriquez, Winslow.
SB: Brd-Enriquez; Dul-Kuhn.
RBI: Brd-Garcia 5, McDonald 3, Restko, Winslow 2, Harshman; Dul-House 3, Jobe 4, Krick, Baumgartner 2, Andy Burns, Tyler Erickson 2, Main.
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