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High School Baseball: St. Michael-Albertville ends Warriors' season in Scearcy's final game

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 marvelou...

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.

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The seventh-seeded and upstart Brainerd Warriors, who stunned the top-seeded St. Michael-Albertville Knights 10-6 in Game One to force a second game, fell to the Knights 10-0 in five innings in Lowell Scearcy's final game as the Warriors' head coach. Scearcy made his retirement official after the game, ending a 46-year run as the Warriors' head man.

"I never really thought much about that," Scearcy said of his last game. "I was just hoping that we could win a couple of course. When we won the first one, I felt pretty good about our chances but things just didn't turn out right."

The Warriors won five-straight games in the tournament after an opening-round loss to second-seeded Elk River. They played seven postseason games in eight days. Scearcy was proud of his team's never-quit attitude.

"We feel good about that," he said. "We didn't quite make it tonight. I think this has been too many games, and it's our fault for getting in the loser's bracket.

"You're kind of out of pitching at this point and (StMA has) been resting for a while. They had their best guys rested. That's not an excuse because the same thing happened to them last year when they lost to Maple Grove. I thought (StMA was) a better team but they were in the loser's bracket and had to come back with extra games and didn't have enough pitching."

Second baseman Colin Kleffman said resiliency was one of this team's trademarks.

"We usually try to not quit no matter how many runs we're down," Kleffman said. "Last year we actually scored 16 runs in three innings and came back and almost won (a Legion game game against Duluth East."

Brainerd, which committed four errors, managed only two hits - a second-inning single by Brady Anderson and pinch hitter Trystan Richardt's single in the fifth - off Knights lefty Will Anderson. He did not walk a batter and struck out two. Will Anderson allowed only three baserunners, none of whom advanced past first base.

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After a disappointing effort in Game One, the Knights stormed out of the gates in Game Two, scoring three runs in the first, five in the second and two in the third to capture the section championship and a trip to the Class 4A state tournament.

Catcher Cody Kelly, first baseman Paxton Thompson and left fielder Luc Laylin each had two hits for the Knights who improved to 20-4.

The Knights bolted to a 3-0 lead in the first on RBI singles by Thompson and Laylin and an outfield error.

StMA scored five times in the second on 2-run singles by Thompson and Marcus Krupke and an outfield error.

The Knights seized a 10-0 lead in the bottom of the third on Kelly's RBI single and another outfield error.

The loss finished Brainerd's season with a 14-13 mark.

"It's been a good run," Kleffman said. "We did a lot more than anyone expected us to do. We knew we had potential. We always either had guys hurt or out or had something wrong at some point. We knew we were more than a seventh seed, but nobody else did."

Game Two

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5 innings

Brainerd 000 00 - 0 2 4

StMA 352 0x - 10 9 0

Brainerd: Max Boran, Eric Martin (2) and Josh Hukreide.

StMA: Will Anderson and Cody Kelly.

WP: Will Anderson. LP: Boran. 2B: StMA-Kelly, Paxton Thompson.

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