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Lowell Scearcy Head coach: Brainerd 46 years, Verndale 3 years Career record: 764-323 (.703) Age: Turned 73 Tuesday, June 5 Career victories Through Thursday, June 7 1-Bob Karn, St. Cloud Cathedral, 782-304 (.720), active 2-Lowell Scearcy, Brainerd, 764-323, (.703), active 3-Jim Senske, New Ulm, 707-171 (.805), retired One day last week, Brainerd Warriors baseball coach Lowell Scearcy presented Brainerd activities director Charlie Campbell with an autographed ball.
StMA 10, Warriors 0 The key: The Knights scored 10 runs in the first three innings Overall: Brainerd finishes 14-13 Next: St. Michael-Albertville in Class 4A state quarterfinals at CHS Field, St. Paul, Thursday, June 14. COLD SPRING — A marvelous postseason run by the Brainerd Warriors came to a conclusion late Thursday, June 7, at Cold Spring Baseball Park.
COLD SPRING—Lowell Scearcy, head coach of the Brainerd Warrior baseball team for 46 seasons, made his retirement official following Brainerd's 10-0, five-inning loss to St. Michael-Albertville in the Section 8-4A championship game Thursday, June 7, at Cold Spring Baseball Park. Scearcy, who turned 73 Tuesday, June 5, informed Warrior activities director Charlie Campbell last week this would be his final season in the dugout.
COLD SPRING — A 4-run eighth inning lifted the seventh-seeded Brainerd Warriors past the top-seeded St. Michael-Albertville Knights 10-6 in the Section 8-4A final Thursday, June 7. In the eighth, McCale Peterson's RBI single put Brainerd ahead 7-6. Colin Kleffman's 2-run single made it 9-7 Brainerd, which added its 10th run on an error. Earlier in the eighth, Max Boran's RBI double over the left-fielder's head stuck in the ivy and trimmed Brainerd's deficit to 6-5. Alex Haapajoki greeted reliever Marcus Krupke with a run-scoring single that tied it 6-6.
Brainerd's Jeff Spieker and Zach Henke, who have battled each other all year for the top spot in the hurdles, are both looking to improve on their performances from last year's Class 2A state meet. They lead a group of five Warriors and one Little Falls Flyer heading into the Class 2A state meet Friday-Saturday, June 8-9, at Hamline University in St. Paul. "Basically for four of them, it's a return trip," said Warrior boys head coach Rod Reuer. "It's a credit to them to come back a year later. There are no guarantees when you get to the section meet.
COLD SPRING — Lowell Scearcy's 73rd birthday present is a berth in the championship game of the Section 8-4A tournament. Brainerd rode a complete-game pitching performance by McCale Peterson and capitalized on three Maple Grove errors to give the seventh-seeded Warriors a 6-3 victory over the No. 3 Crimson in the losers bracket game at Cold Spring Baseball Park Tuesday, June 5. The victory gives Brainerd a date against top-seeded St. Michael-Albertville 6 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at Cold Spring. If Brainerd wins the first game, Game Two will follow.
They finished like they started. The Brainerd Warriors trailed the Alexandria Cardinals by two shots entering the final round of the Section 8-3A tournament Monday, June 3, at Rich Spring Golf Course in Cold Spring. That two-shot differential turned out to be the difference. Both teams shot 312 Monday but the Cardinals ended with a two-day total of 612 to Brainerd's two-day 614, sending Alexandria to state and Brainerd home disappointed.
COLD SPRING—Gritty pitching performances by Eric Martin and Hunter Wicklund kept the Brainerd Warriors' hopes alive in the Section 8-4A tournament. Both pitched in each game during Saturday's losers' bracket, in an 11-9 win over fifth-seeded Buffalo and in a 5-3 victory over No. 4 Rogers. Their efforts helped seventh-seeded Brainerd earn another game in the losers' bracket at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at Cold Spring against third-seeded Maple Grove. "It reminded me of 1994 and Derek Schmeck," Warriors coach Lowell Scearcy said of their pitching performances. "We had to beat Little Falls to go to state—we had to beat them twice. Derek started the first game, we took him out and put someone else in. In the second game, he came back and started again and he just kept going."
COLD SPRING—Victories over fifth-seeded Buffalo and No. 4 Rogers propelled the Brainerd Warriors into another opportunity in the losers bracket in the Section 8-4A tournament. Following a rain-delayed start of at least 90 minutes Saturday, the No. 7 Warriors outlasted Buffalo 11-9 in a game that started about 7 p.m. Brainerd then disposed of Rogers 5-3 in a game that ended about 11:30 p.m. Colin Kleffman, Max Boran and Sam Miller each had two hits against Buffalo. Hunter Wicklund was the only Warrior with two hits against Rogers.
Erik Stoxen's favorite golfer is colorful pro Rickie Fowler whose attire on a course often includes bright red and orange shirts, pants and hats. In 2013, after carding two holes-in-one in four days at Cragun's Legacy Courses, Stoxen was featured in a Brainerd Dispatch story to commemorate the event. He was photographed wearing an orange hat and white shoes, both with Puma logos, an orange shirt and orange pants. Five years later the now Brainerd High School freshman has exchanged his Fowler attire for blue and white Warrior gear. And he's in the midst of completing his third varsity season for the Warriors.