Prep baseball: Brainerd takes 2 from Cardinals
WILLMAR — Brainerd took a pair from the Willmar Cardinals 6-1 and 9-0 on Friday at Baker Field.
It was the second day in a row the Cards were dunked by a Central Lakes team contending for the top spot.
The Warriors improved to 9-3 behind 10-3 Rocori, which swept Willmar on Thursday, and 8-1 Alexandria.
Willmar got its only run in the first inning of game one: Patrick Courtney, leading off, reached second on an outfield error and scored on Austin Rambow’s double. Taylor Streiff threw a complete-game 2-hitter in game two.
A couple of Warriors feasted on Willmar pitching. Connor Gessell went 4-for-4, in game one and in game two Drew Sannes clouted a 3-run homer off Cole Christensen in the first inning and in the fifth doubled in two runs facing freshman Adam Herman.
Other than that, Herman pitched very well over three innings. However, he will be moving with his family to Aberdeen, S.D., before the next school year.
Willmar will host New London-Spicer at 7 p.m. Monday and then concludes the schedule on Tuesday in Fergus Falls. Seeding is Wednesday.
Brainerd 6, Willmar 1
Brainerd 004 010 1 —6 9 3
Willmar 100 000 0 — 1 6 2
HITTING – Brainerd: Luke Boran 2-for-4, Connor Gessell 4-for-4, Logan McElfesh 2-for-, 2b; Nate DeChaine 1-for-3, 2 runs, 3b … Willmar: Patrick Courtney 2-for-3, run; Tony McCleary 1-for-3, Austin Rambow 1-for-3, 2b, rbi Brandon Christiansen 1-for-3, Austin Smith 1-for-2
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Brainerd: TJ Gruhmann (W) 7-6-1-0-2-1 … Willmar: Josh Warne (L) 6-9-5-4-1-2
Brainerd 9, Willmar 0
Willmar 000 000 0 — 0 2 3
Brainerd 312 030 x —9 12 0
HITTING – Brainerd: Dalton Tibbets 3-for-4, 2 runs; Drew Sannes 2-for-4, 2-for-4, 2b, 3-run HR, 5 rbi … Willmar: McCleary 1-for-2, B. Christiansen 1-for-3, 2b
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Brainerd: Brandon Streiff (W) 7-2-0-0-3-8 … Willmar: Cole Christensen (L) 3-9-6-5-0-4, Adam Herman 3-3-3-0-0-1