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Kyle Crocker (3) received congratulations at the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers dug

BASEBALL: Marathon opener ends in Lunkers loss

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Kyle Winter hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th to tie Wednesday’s Northwoods League season opener between the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers and Alexandria Beetles at 4-4.

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But the Beetles used two bunts and a throwing error to score the winning run in a 5-4 finish after 11 innings at Mills Field in Brainerd.

Brainerd High School graduate Kyle Crocker singled in the bottom half the 11th with two outs, but was stranded after Winter hit a fly out to end the game.

Crocker finished 1-4 with a walk and two runs scored.

Dan Olinger finished 4-5 for the Lunkers, suffered through six errors.

Brainerd will host Alexandria 7:05 p.m. Thursday.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with Causecast.org — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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