Baseball: Bemidji Mudcats sneak by Nashwauk
The Bemidji Mudcats turned the tables on the Nashwauk Colts Tuesday night, shading the Arrowhead League leaders 4-3 at the BSU Stadium.
Nashwauk had taken the first meeting of the year by the same score at Nashwauk.
The Cats built up a 4-0 lead through the first eight innings, then hung on by the skin of their teeth, throwing out the tying run at home plate on the final play of the night.
The game matched Arrowhead League veterans Jamey Fillman of the Colts with Bemidji's Paul Fenner.
For eight innings, Fenner had the visitors eating out of the palm of his hand, scattering five hits in as many different innings while fanning ten and seemingly home free.
But his mates squandered a golden scoring chance in the eighth that could have broken the game open and almost paid dearly for their mistake.
They scored twice in the third when Fillman walked Dan Bauer and Neal Huewe. Bauer stole third and scored on a wild pitch with Huewe taking second.
He reached third on Tony Klaers' single and scored on Dan Nolan's sacrifice fly.
The Cats doubled the score in the sixth when Ryan Sander singled with one gone and reached third when Joe Chimento speared Doug Peterson's shot to third but threw past second base trying for the force.
Jeff Schaper singled to left to plate Sander and Peterson crossed when Sam Anderson reached on an error.
Nolan's infield single between two walks filled the sacks in the eight with no outs.
But Fillman wriggled out of the jam with a fly to short center, a pop to first and a ground out to second, leaving the sacks loaded.
It became a near fatal error in the ninth.
Chimento beat out a bunt to open the frame and Joe Martire doubled of the right center field fence. Jeff Cl.usiau reached when his topper to the left side of the mound was bobbled with the two lead runners holding.
Pinch hitter Eric Wright's sacrifice fly plated one run.
Dan Mell walked to refill the sacks and the second run scored as Sam Martire forced Mell at second.
Fillman then singled to send home the third run and Vince Gangl followed with his third hit of the night to right field.
But Nick Stenberg's throw to the infield was relayed by Huewe to Klaers who nipped Sam Martire sliding home to end the game.
Gangl was the only Colt with more than one hit. Bauer, Klaers and Sander had two for Bemidji,.
The win lifted the Cats to 1-1 in league play and 8-4-1 overall.
They open the 9th annual Rosco Invitational Friday night facing the Nimrod Gnats at 6:30.
Ada and Dent meet at 9.Saturday, Wadena and Roseau open at 10 at BSU with the Blue Ox facing Ft. Ripley at the same time at the Arena..The semifinals will be at 12:30 and 3 at BSU with the consolation semi's at the same times at the Arena.
Sunday, the seventh and fifth place games will be at the Arena at 11 and 1:30 with the third and first place games at BSU at 11 and1:30.