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Anderson shines as Bemidji Legion upsets Nisswa in sub-district opener

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The Bemidji American Legion scored its biggest win of the year Wednesday, shading Nisswa 4-3 on the losers' diamond in the opening round of North sub-district play.

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Brainerd won the opener 5-4 over Park Rapids to advance to a second round game at Little Falls.

Nisswa and Park Rapids met in a loser out game in the third game at Nisswa.

Simon Anderson out dueled Dan Bendzik in a match up of aces.

Both allowed eight hits but Anderson fanned ten and walked three while Bendzik and reliever Trevor Thompson had seven strikeouts and four walks.

Nisswa took a 1-0 lead in the first when Kyle Crocker singled, advanced on a passed ball and scored as Tate Rusk reached on a dropped fly ball.

It became 2-0 in the second when Casey Christianson singled and Crocker doubled him home.

Bemidji tied the game in the third when Josh Kane reached on an error, was sacrificed to second and took third on Jeremiah Grave's single. Cody Rutledge walked to load the bases and Anderson's single drove home two runs.

Nisswa regained the lead in the sixth when Ethan Nichols singled, stole second and scored on Christianson's single.

But Bemidji had the last push and scored twice in the eighth to win.

Anderson and Billy Statton singled.

Tyler Tatro then beat out a sacrifice bunt for a third base hit and Anderson crossed when the ball was thrown past first.

Paul Voss then plated the winning run with a single.

Anderson was the only Bemidji player with two hits. Janousek and Christianson each had three for Nisswa.

Bemidji went 3-1 against Brainerd this summer but 1-3 with Little Falls. Little Falls is the top seed

That game will be played at noon today with the winner automatically qualifying for the district meet. Rutledge will get the mound start.

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