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Mitchell Hendricks scores the first run of Bemidji's 11-1 win over Nisswa as the throw pulls catcher Dustin Borlaug off the plate. The Legion also captured Monday's second game 1-0. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

All phases in synch as Bemidji Legion sweeps Nisswa

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All phases in synch as Bemidji Legion sweeps Nisswa
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The Bemidji Legion baseball team opened its summer season in style Monday as it swept Nisswa 11-1 and 1-0 in a doubleheader at BSU.

The core of the team is comprised of players from the high school squad which advanced to last week's Class 3-A state tournament. A potent offense and quality pitching were the hallmarks of the Lumberjacks this spring and those facets of the game were evident again Monday night.

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Trent Baker went the distance on the mound in the opener and allowed only six hits and three walks in his six innings of work. In the nightcap Cody Jenkins and Cody Rutledge combined for the shutout as Jenkins worked the first 6.1 innings and Rutledge earned the save by recording the final two outs.

Nisswa managed only one run in the opener and that came in the second inning when the visitors bunched a double, walk and single.

Nisswa, however, trailed 4-0 heading into its second at-bat as the Legion wasted no time flexing its offensive muscles.

Mitchell Hendricks kick started the first inning with a single and Collin Leif was safe on an error. Nisswa pitcher Josh Davis retired the next two Bemidji hitters but Jenkins plated Hendricks with a single and, after Mason Bellew walked, Zach Solheim and Sam Dwyer contributed RBI singles.

A walk to Tyler Follis and an error combined for another Legion run in the second and the home team upped its cushion to 8-1 with three in the fifth, an inning which included two walks and singles by Jenkins and Dwyer.

A pair of errors, a walk to Bellew and Dwyer's 2-run single combined for three runs in the sixth and a premature end to the game via the 10-run rule.

Jenkins and Dwyer each collected three singles and Dwyer contributed five RBI. The rematch was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth when a pair of errors, a single and a sacrifice plated the Bemidji run.

Dom Hayle reached on an infield boot to begin the stanza and Hendricks was safe when he beat out a bunt for a hit. A wild throw on the play enabled Hayle to reach third where he was in position to score on Leif's sacrifice fly to left.

"With all of our senior pitchers working so many innings during the high school season it was great to see our juniors (Baker and Jenkins) come through," said Legion coach Mike Fogelson. "And I was especially pleased with our defense. We didn't have an error and we turned three double plays in the two games."

Bemidji returns to action Thursday when it heads to a weekend tournament in St. Cloud. The Legion will open against Thunder Bay at 3 p.m. and will face St. Cloud at 8 p.m.

First Game

Nisswa 010 000 - 1 6 5

Legion 410 033 - 11 9 0

Davis (L) and Borlag. K-0, BB-5

Baker (W 1-0) and Leif. K-3, BB-3

Second Game

Nisswa 000 000 0 - 0 3 3

Bemidji 000 001 x - 1 3 0

Sauser (L) and Mimmadl. K-0, BB-0

Jenkins (W 1-0), Rutledge (7, S 1) and Leif. K-1, BB-4

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

The Bemidji Legion baseball team opened its summer season in style Monday as it swept Nisswa 11-1 and 1-0 in a doubleheader at BSU.

The core of the team is comprised of players from the high school squad which advanced to last week's Class 3-A state tournament. A potent offense and quality pitching were the hallmarks of the Lumberjacks this spring and those facets of the game were evident again Monday night.

Trent Baker went the distance on the mound in the opener and allowed only six hits and three walks in his six innings of work. In the nightcap Cody Jenkins and Cody Rutledge combined for the shutout as Jenkins worked the first 6.1 innings and Rutledge earned the save by recording the final two outs.

Nisswa managed only one run in the opener and that came in the second inning when the visitors bunched a double, walk and single.

Nisswa, however, trailed 4-0 heading into its second at-bat as the Legion wasted no time flexing its offensive muscles.

Mitchell Hendricks kick started the first inning with a single and Collin Leif was safe on an error. Nisswa pitcher Josh Davis retired the next two Bemidji hitters but Jenkins plated Hendricks with a single and, after Mason Bellew walked, Zach Solheim and Sam Dwyer contributed RBI singles.

A walk to Tyler Follis and an error combined for another Legion run in the second and the home team upped its cushion to 8-1 with three in the fifth, an inning which included two walks and singles by Jenkins and Dwyer.

A pair of errors, a walk to Bellew and Dwyer's 2-run single combined for three runs in the sixth and a premature end to the game via the 10-run rule.

Jenkins and Dwyer each collected three singles and Dwyer contributed five RBI. The rematch was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth when a pair of errors, a single and a sacrifice plated the Bemidji run.

Dom Hayle reached on an infield boot to begin the stanza and Hendricks was safe when he beat out a bunt for a hit. A wild throw on the play enabled Hayle to reach third where he was in position to score on Leif's sacrifice fly to left.

"With all of our senior pitchers working so many innings during the high school season it was great to see our juniors (Baker and Jenkins) come through," said Legion coach Mike Fogelson. "And I was especially pleased with our defense. We didn't have an error and we turned three double plays in the two games."

Bemidji returns to action Thursday when it heads to a weekend tournament in St. Cloud. The Legion will open against Thunder Bay at 3 p.m. and will face St. Cloud at 8 p.m.

First Game

Nisswa 010 000 - 1 6 5

Legion 410 033 - 11 9 0

Davis (L) and Borlag. K-0, BB-5

Baker (W 1-0) and Leif. K-3, BB-3

Second Game

Nisswa 000 000 0 - 0 3 3

Bemidji 000 001 x - 1 3 0

Sauser (L) and Mimmadl. K-0, BB-0

Jenkins (W 1-0), Rutledge (7, S 1) and Leif. K-1, BB-4

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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