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Baseball: Bemidji Mudcats-Blue Ox Saturday games postponed

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Two changes in the weekend amateur baseball slate have been announced.

The Arrowhead League twin bill between the Bemidji Mudcats and Duluth Express has been postponed and perhaps cancelled due to a wedding by a member of the Duluth team.The two teams hope to make up the games later this month if a mutual date can be found. If not, they will become forfeits for Bemidji.

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The Cats will play two at Hibbing Sunday with Ryan Sander (4-1) and Tyler Norland (3-0) getting the mound calls.

The Mudcats host the Brainerd Braves Tuesday night at 8.

That team features the legendary John Riewer, son Jordan and son-in law Derek Owen among its top players.

The elder Riewer holds the state amateur record of having played in 29 successive state tournaments.

He is the son of ex-Bagley High and BSU star Jerry Riewer, the long-time coach at Staples.

The Blue Ox Saturday twin bill with Warroad also has been set back.

Those games were originally scheduled for Warroad, then shifted to Bemidji at the Arena. Now they have been set back to Tuesday at the Arena. That will likely have to be shortened to a single game with no lights at the arena diamond.

The Blue Ox will host Roseau, as scheduled in a 2 p.m. double header Sunday at BSU.

Roseau Warroad and the Ox make up the new North Border Conference. Bemidji stands 1-1 in that league, splitting its previous two games at Roseau.

Cats win at Ada

Monday, the Mudcats traveled to Ada and emerged with a 10-8 victory.

The Cats rolled up a 9-1 lead after five, then held off the A's comeback in the late innings.

Andrew Hengel made his mound debut, working the first six and yielding four runs.

Lefty Matt Stasch came on in the seventh to give up the final four runs with Sam Anderson coming on in then ninth to get the final out and a save.

Ex-Mudcat Josh Remer went the first five for Ada to take the loss.

Tony Klaers' two-run homer gave Bemidji a 2-0 lead in the first. Sander walked and scored on a wild pitch in the second. Ada matched this run in the last of the frame when Keith Hanson doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly.

But the Mudcats added two in the third on singles by Dan Bauer and Anderson around a ground out and Paul Fenner's double.

It became 8-1 in the fourth when Jeff Schaper singled, Doug Peterson walked, Ryan Johnson doubled and scored on a two bagger by Klaers. Schaper reached on an error and scored on Bauer's single in the fifth .

But Ada answered with three in its at bat, two coming on Aaron Cook's homer and the third on singles by Han son, Kyle Nelson and Nick Lee.

Bemidji made it 10-4 in the eighth when Klaers walked and came around on Fenner's single and a double by Sander.

That proved just enough cushion. For Ada got two back in the eighth on Ken Hayden's double and two more in the ninth when two singles and a walk filled the bases with one out, Two hit batters around a strikeout forced in two runs.

Anderson came on to fan Hayden for the game ending out.

Bauer had three hits and Johnson, Klaers and Fenner two in the 13-hit Bemidji attack. Hanson had three and Hayden, Mike Gullingsrud, Nelson and Lee two for the A's.

Coupled with Wednesday's win over Grand Rapids, the Mudcats stand 16-6-1.

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