The Roseau Royals rebounded from a first-game loss Sunday to shade the Bemidji Blue Ox 1-0 in the nightcap of a North Border baseball twin bill at Bemidji State University.
The split left Roseau in first place in the three-team circuit at 5-2 with one game remaining against winless Warroad.
Bemidji is 2-2 with four games to play with Warroad.
Actually they will meet only three times with Tuesday's game here counting as two points in the standings to replay an earlier double header that was rained out. The final two will be at Warroad Sunday. That comes after a Saturday pair with East Grand Forks.
Tuesday's game was shifted to BSU when the Mudcats-Brainerd Braves game here that night was called off when the Braves had to replay a league game that night.
Pitching prevailed Sunday with Cody Gross and Justin Huether combining on a five hitter in the opener while Joey Benke hurled a three hitter for Roseau in the nightcap.
The Blue Ox had only six singles in the first game but profited from frequent battery mistakes that accounted for nine wild pitches and a passed ball.
The Ox took a 1-0 lead in the third when Thor Josefson singled and scored a wild pitch.
Roseau tied it in the fourth when Brian McMillan singled, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored on Nick Fletcher's double.
Bemidji went ahead in the last of the frame when Buck Dwyer singled, took second on a wild pitch, third on Pat McSharry's single and scored on a double play.
It became 3-1 in he fifth when Aston Zetah singled, took second on a wild pitch, third on Josefson's single and scored on another wild pitch.
The final run scored in the sixth when Dwyer reached on an error and after a walk scored on two more wild pitches.
Gross went the first five allowing four hits. Huether worked out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth and retired the side in order in the seventh.
Fletcher had two of the five Roseau hits. Josefson had three of the Blue Ox six.
Benke was the whole show in the nightcap, giving up a single to Josefson in the third and doubles to Huether in the fourth and seventh.
Bemidji's best scoring chance came in the third when McSharry walked with two outs, took second on a wild pickoff but was nailed easily at the plate trying to score on Josefson's single to short right.
Huether was left at second after his two hits.
Matt Fossen was equally as effective giving up five singles while fanning seven and walking one.
The lone run was unearned. Fletcher walked with one gone in the fourth, moved to second on a ground out, stole third and scored when the throw to third went into left field.
He was the only Roseau runner to get past second.
The split left the Blue Ox at 7-11 overall.
Blue Ox 001-111-x---4--6--2
Jenson, Hendrickson (6) and Hendrickson, Jenson (6)
Gross (2-4), Huether (6) and Bennett
Blue Ox 000-000-0---0--3--1
Benke and Jenson
Fossen (1-4) and C. Conway