AREA BASEBALL: Bagley, Blackduck lead Northland Conference
BAGLEY — The regular seasons are winding down for the area high school baseball teams.
Bagley finished the year with a 10-0 conference record and took an 11-4 overall mark into Thursday’s finale against Park Rapids.
Blackduck ended its Northland Conference campaign 10-2, losing only to Bagley. Overall the Drakes were 11-2 prior to Thursday’s game against Deer River.
Wednesday at the Bemidji State University diamond Bagley and Blackduck each posted a victory in the conference cross-over tournament.
Bagley, which won the North half of the league, battered Pine River 15-5. Pine River was the champion of the South half.
Blackduck finished second in the North and the Drakes blistered Nevis, the runner-up in the South, 15-5.
On Tuesday Blackduck swept Lake of the Woods 10-3 and 12-3. Dylan Weisert was the winning pitcher in the opener, fanning nine in four innings of work.
In the second game Weisert hit a grand slam and a 3-run homer run.
The Section 8A tournament will begin Tuesday and the first round games will be held at the homes of the higher seeds.
The scene for the East Sub-Section tournament shifts to BSU on May 30 for the quarterfinal and the semifinals in the championship and consolation brackets.
The West Sub-Section games will be held at Sacred Heart.
The Section 8A final is set for Jun 4 at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls.
The Section 8A softball tournament began this week and Blackduck is the only area team still in the hunt after the opening round.
The third-seeded Drakes opened their tournament with a 12-11 victory over No. 6 Red Lake County Central. On Thursday Blackduck battled No. 2 Red Lake Falls in Kelliher in the quarterfinals.
Other opening-round results in the North half of the section saw No. 8 Red Lake fall 19-1 to No. 1 Badger-Greenbush-Middle River and No. 4 Kelliher-Northome drop a 20-1 decision to No. 5 Lake of the Woods.
In the South half No. 8 Laporte was eliminated 17-1 by top-seeded Norman County East and No. 6 Cass Lake-Bena was ousted 18-2 by Norman County.
Section 8A Softball
BGMR (No. 10) def. Red Lake (No. 8) 19-1
Lake of the Woods (No. 5) def. Kelliher-Northome (No. 4) 20-1
Blackduck (No. 3) def. RLCC (No. 6) 12-11
Red Lake Falls (No. 2) def. Indus (No. 7) 10-0
NCE (No. 1) def. Laporte (No. 8) 17-1
Fosston (No. 4) def. Win-E-Mac (No. 5) 13-3
Norman County (No. 3) def. Cass Lake-Bena (N0. 6) 18-2
Sacred Heart (No. 2) def. Fertile-Beltrami (No. 7) 13-3
Game 1: BGMR vs. LOW
Game 2: Blackduck vs. Red Lake Falls
Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner
Game 7: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser (loser eliminated)
Game 3: NCE vs. Fosston
Game 4: Norman County vs. Sacred Heart
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner
Game 8: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser (loser eliminated)