Baseball: Bemidji Legion hosts doubleheaders
The Bemidji American Legion faces back to back twin bills Monday and Tuesday, hosting Perham at 4 Monday and Brainerd Tuesday at 5 at BSU.
Of the pair, the Brainerd twin bill will be the more important with a third place finish on line in sub-district conference play to the winner.
Brainerd will need only one win to claim that spot and avoid a preliminary game in the playoffs.
Bemidji will need a sweep, coming into play one game behind Brainerd
Little Falls enters the final week with a one game lead over Nisswa at 10-2 to 9-3 for Nisswa. Brainerd is 7-7, Bemidji 6-8 and Park Rapids 1-11.
Tomorrow will match the Legion against a potent Perham team, one of the stronger small town programs in the area.
Bemidji won last year's two games 6-1 and 11-2 behind Matt Fossen and Simon Anderson.
But the visitors will be bolstered by graduates of the 2009 VFW team that finished second to Fergus Falls in district play.Anderson (1-1) and Jeremiah Graves (1-3) are likely to be held back for the Brainerd set.
Today's starters will come from Cody Rutledge (2-1), Josh Kane (2-1), Tyler Follis (0-3) or Chad Head (1-2).
The Legion hurling has improved steadily in recent starts, holding its last six foes to four or fewer runs, three of them to only one.
That was in contrast to early season starts where nine teams scored between 5-15 times on Bemidji.
The Legion divided its first two games with Brainerd winning 5-4 behind Anderson and losing 9-4 with Graves on the hill.
Billy Statton and Paul Voss will handle the catching along with Collin Leif, who is available today.
Matt Hietala, Graves, Follis and Tyler Tatro will open around the infield with Rutledge and Anderson in left and center and Kane, Derek Lofgren and Nick Lee also seeing outfield duty. Luke Burns will bolster the infield or outfield, where needed.
This weekend the Legion ends its regular season at the Gopher Classic were it went 1-4 last season.
It faces Edina Friday night, the Jonny Mac and West St. Paul Saturday and Kenosha, Wis. and Chaska Sunday in pool play
The top four teams continue Monday and Tuesday in the brackets.
Should Bemidji not gain the final rounds it would likely open sub-district play Tuesday with Park Rapids if it fails to sweep Brainerd.