ST. CLOUD - David Valesente went 1-4 with two runs and two RBIs to help the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers hold on to a 9-8 victory over the St. Cloud River Bats Wednesday.
It wasn't easy as the Lunkers saw their 9-5 lead evaporate as the River Bats put together three runs in the bottom of the ninth before Drew Smith shut the door by getting Matt Summers to fly out to end the game.
Michael Gedman and Hunter Nolen each had two his with Nolen scoring twice.
The Lunkers jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the second when Valesente drove in Gedman and Nolen who opened the inning with back-to-back singles.
Valesente later crossed home on a Shone Roe sacrifice fly.
Brainerd put together a four-run fourth inning and scored twice more in the ninth for its fourth straight win.
Matt Mullendore went seven innings allowing five earned. He walked one and struck out two.
Brainerd 030 400 002 - 9 5 4
St. Cloud 020 000 303 - 8 10 1
Brainerd: Matt Mullendore, Brett Severtson (8), Drew Smith (9) and Hunter Nolen
St. Cloud: Pedro Ramos, Eric Marzec (4), Xavier Esquivel (9) and Schlangen
WP: Mullendore. LP: Ramos.
2B: Brd-David Valesente; StC-Matt Farnelli 2, Tony Renda
3B: StC-Dan Betteridge
HR StC-Brian Humphries
SF: Brd-Shon Roe
RBIs: Brd-Stephen Wickens, Dennis O' Grady, Michael Gedman, Brenden Furrow, Valesente 2, Roe 2; StC-Humphries 4, Danny Oh, Farnelli, Betteridge 2
DP: StC 1
LOB: Brd 7, StC 6
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