On June 2, Alexandria beat the Brainerd Warriors baseball team to eliminate it from the high school playoffs.
The Brainerd Bluegills Legion baseball team got to exact a little revenge when it beat Alexandria 9-4 Friday in the loser's bracket of the Division I state tournament at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud.
The Bluegills beat Duluth Lakeview 8-2 earlier in the day behind a grand slam from Scott Williams and a three-run shot by Kyle Holbrook to set up the showdown against Alex.
Brainerd was scheduled to play Bloomington 1 p.m. Saturday at Putz Field while Rochester and Apple Valley square off in the other loser's bracket game.
Brainerd 9, Alexandria 4
The Bluegills wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, scoring four runs in the first inning off Alex starter Joseph Snaza.
Blake Eller, who was 3-for-5 in the game, opened with a leadoff single, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error. Mike Germain walked and Zach Heidmann followed with three-run homer.
Brainerd wasn't finished as Adian Kummet and Carl Sneep hit consecutive singles. Scott Williams then hit the third straight single to plate Kummet.
Williams, the starting pitcher for Brainerd, kept the Alexandria bats quiet for the first two innings but Alex came back to score three runs in the third. Sneep entered in relief in the fifth inning and gave up a run, tying the game at 4-4.
That would be as close as Alex would get as Sneep pitched four shutout innings and Brainerd scored two runs in the seventh and three in the eighth.
Williams drove in his second run of the day in the bottom of the seventh and Anthony Hennen singled to score Sneep, who earlier doubled in the inning.
In the eighth Holbrook doubled and later scored on a Germain single. Germain then scored on one of five Alex errors in the game and Sneep drove in Justin Huether with a single.
On the mound Sneep gave up just one run on four hits with five strikeouts and one walk over five innings of work. He also went 3-5 with at the plate.
Division I state
At Putz Field, St. Cloud
Game 25: Brainerd vs. Bloomington, 1 p.m.
Game 27: Winner Game 25 vs. Winner Game 26, 4 p.m.
Game 28: Eden Prairie vs. Woodbury Blue, 7 p.m.
At Faber Field, St. Cloud
Game 26: Rochester A's vs. Apple Valley, 1 p.m.
Holbrook, Heidmann, Williams and Hennen each finished with two hits apiece.
Duluth Lakeview 2
The Bluegills opened the flood gates in the fourth inning when Holbrook drew a leadoff walk and Huether singled. Germain then sacrificed the two runners over to second and third while Kummet followed with a walk to load the bases.
Williams then stepped up and launched a pitch over the wall for a grand slam to give Brainerd a 4-0 lead.
The big bats continued for Brainerd in the sixth when Williams and Hennen both walked. Williams moved to third on a wild pitch and Eller singled to bring him home.
With two runners aboard and two outs, Holbrook deposited an Andrew Solin offering over the wall for a three-run home run to give the Bluegills an 8-0 lead.
Brainerd starting pitcher Huether kept Duluth at bay with a solid outing. Huether worked all nine innings, giving up two runs on just three hits with six strikeouts and one walk.
Alexandria 003 010 000 -- 4 9 5
Brainerd 400 000 23x -- 9 17 2
Brainerd -- Scott Williams, Carl Sneep (5) and Kyle Holbrook. Alexandria -- Joseph Snaza, Justin Stier (2), Nicholas Petro (7), Michael Gronseth (8). WP -- Sneep. LP -- Petro.
2B -- B-Holbrook, Sneep. 3B -- A-Jacob Munsch. HR -- B-Zach Heidmann. RBI -- B-Mike Germain, Heidmann 3, Sneep, Williams 2, Anthony Hennen; A-Clayton Grimstad, Munsch, Jacob Wendland, Derick Swenson. SB -- B-Blake Eller; A-Caleb Curry. Sac -- A-Wendland. DP -- A 1. LOB -- B 11, A 9.
Brainerd 000 404 000 -- 8 8 0
Duluth Lakeview 000 000 002 -- 2 3 2
Brainerd -- Justin Huether and Kyle Holbrook, John Williams (8). Duluth Lakeview -- Jon Engel, Andrew Solin (6), Will Mitchell (8) and Levi Hockett. WP -- Huether. LP -- Engel.
2B -- Brd-Mike Germain; DL-Eric Goldschmidt. HR -- Brd-Scott Williams, Kyle Holbrook; DL-Goldschmidt. RBI -- Brd-Blake Eller, Holbrook 3, Williams 4; DL-Goldschmidt 2. Sac -- Brd-Germain. DP -- Brd 1, DL 2. LOB -- Brd 11, DL 2.
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