ST. CLOUD - The Brainerd Blue Thunder avoided dropping their third straight game to St. Cloud by beating the River Bats 7-4 in a Northwoods League game Sunday at Joe Faber Field.
With the score tied 4-4 the Blue Thunder scored once in the seventh and twice in the ninth to put the game on ice.
Ryan Royster led Brainerd offensively as he went 3-for-6 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. Ben Orloff, Xavier Scruggs and Clay Cuno all chipped in with two hits apiece. Scruggs drove in one run and Cuno had an RBI and scored once. Jared McDonald finished with a pair of RBIs and Ryan Lipkin also drove in a run.
Jason Banks started the game for Brainerd and went 5 1/3 innings. Tyler Brandon came on in relief and gave up just a walk in 1 2/3 innings of work to pick up the win. Bryan Evans worked the final two innings, giving up a hit, walking two and striking out one to earn his first save of the season.
Brainerd 120 100 102 - 7 14 1
St. Cloud 103 000 000 - 4 8 1
Brainerd: Jason Banks, Tyler Brandon (6), Bryan Evans (8) and Ryan Lipkin, Jared McDonald. St. Cloud: Kyle Vazquez, Joe Campbell (4), Mike Feldman (6) and Kevin Gonzalez. W: Brandon (2-2). L: Feldman (0-1). Sv: Evans (1).
2B: Brd-Ryan Royster 2, Ben Orloff, Ryan Lipkin; SC-Matt Fanelli, Adam Yeager. HR: Brian Hernandez. SB: Brd-Royster, Orloff, Andy Dirks, Xavier Scruggs; SC-D.J. Belfonte 2, T.J. Thompson, Fanelli, Hernandez, Yeager 2. RBI: Brd-Royster, Scruggs, Clay Cuno, Lipkin, Jared McDonald 2; SC-Hernandez 3. LOB: Brd 12, SC 9. DP: Brd 3, SC 1.
T: 3:06. A: 1312.
Records: Brd 11-16, SC 12-14. Next: Brd hosts St. Cloud at Mills Field 7:05 p.m. Monday.
St. Cloud 8, Brainerd 4
Sloppy was the name of the game as the Blue Thunder and the St. Cloud River Bats combined to commit nine errors but it was St. Cloud coming out on top with an 8-4 win Saturday.
Brainerd jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the third inning before the River Bats exploded for five runs in the bottom of the third, highlighted by Jeff Hulett's two-run triple, to take a 6-3 lead and never look back.
Xavier Scruggs led the Blue Thunder at the plate going 2-for-3 with a run scored. Andy Dirks and Ryan Royster each contributed a hit and drove in a run each. Adam Symons added a hit and scored a run.
Brainerd starting pitcher Aaron Pribanic gave up six runs, five of which were earned, on six hits with three strikeouts and six walks in three innings of work to take the loss.
Brainerd 021 010 000 - 4 5 4
St. Cloud 105 000 02x - 8 9 5
Brainerd: Aaron Pribanic, Alex Guttosch (4), Bryan Evans (7), Eric Anderson (8) and Ryan Lipkin, Jared McDonald. St. Cloud: Richie Gargel, Isaac Morales (6), Sean Wideberg (7), Ryan Wrobel (9). W: Gargel (1-0). L: Pribanic (1-2).
2B: SC-D.J. Belfonte. 3B: SC-Jeff Hulett. SB: Brd-Ben Orloff, Patrick Rose, Ryan Royster; SC-Belfonte, Adam Yeager. RBI: Brd-Andy Dirks, Royster; SC-Matt Fanelli, Brian Hernandez, Hulett 2, Steve Cochrane. LOB: Brd 7, SC 9. DP: Brd 1.
T: 3:06. A: 1381.
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