An Ode To The 2019 Brainerd Warrior Baseball Team


The Warrior baseball season came to a heartbreaking end with a bottom of the 7th loss to Elk River.

The Warriors had scratched out 2 runs in the top of the seventh to grab a one one lead before the Elks picked up 2 with 2 out to steal the win in the bottom half of the inning. The Warriors finished the year 13-9 relying on good pitching and manufacturing runs. The pitching staff was led by Senior ace Eric Martin who finished the season with a 7-2 record, 44 strike outs in in 48 innings and only 11 walks.

Martin’s older brother Joel pitched in 2010 and was 5-1 with 40 strike outs in 53 innings and only 12 walks. (very close but little brother might have the edge) Broc Peterson finished up at 3-2 and Sam Miller had the toughest luck at 1-3 despite several excellent outings. Offensively the Warriors had 5 regulars above .300 including Broc Peterson, Brady Anderson, Seth Vagts, Michael Laber and team leader Gunnar Wickland at .333.

The team lacked a bit in power stats but Peterson lashed 6 doubles followed by Wickland and Renzen Caughey with 4 each. Laber, Wickland and Peterson each slugged home runs in the second half of the season and iron man Josh Hukriede caught 21 of 22 ballgames.  This is my 24th year calling Warrior baseball on 1380 KLIZ and it is great fun.

Each team developed it’s own personality, this years local nine held up very well in pressure situations throughout the season with no less than 12 games being decided by 2 runs or less. Good season boys!