The Bemidji Mudcats survived disaster Friday night, scoring with two outs in the ninth inning to tie and winning 8-7 over the Nashwauk Colts with a run in the tenth.
It lifted Bemidji to 11-3 in Arrowhead League play with two games remaining
'The first will come Monday at Grand Rapids which stood 9-2 at last report with two wins over Bemidji.
The second will be a return meeting at Nashwauk Wednesday night.
In between, the Cats host the Brainerd Bees Tuesday in a non-league affair.
With veterans Jamey Fillman of Nashwauk and Paul Fenner of Bemidji set to duel., a low scoring pitcher's battle was foreseen.
It was not to be.
Fillman left after six innings giving up 10 hits and six runs.
But he was leading 7-6 at that point. For Fenner had departed in the fifth after giving up 12 hits and seven runs.
But Doug Peterson took over the mound duties at that point to hurl six shutout innings and pick up his first win of the season.
But it was never certain until the final batter.
For the Cats were down 7-6 in the ninth with two outs when Ryan Johnson singled down the left field line to plate the tying run.
And catcher Dan Nolan, who was the hitting star of the game, ended play in the tenth with a one out single to right that plated Peterson with the game winners.
It was Nolan's fourth rbi of the night.
Fenner had little from the start.
Nashwauk scored once in the first on three hits and once again in the second on two more hits.
But Bemidji gave him the lead in the last of the second , scoring four times to take the lead. Fenner singled, Jeff Schaper was hit by a pitch and Johnson walked to load the bases with no outs.
One run scored on Peterson's force out. A second crossed on a balk, a third on Dan Bauer's double and the fourth on a two bagger by Nolan.
But the Colts took back the lead with three in the fourth on five singles before Fenner struck out Fillman to end the deluge.
Bemidji got even in its turn when Peterson singled, took second on a wild return throw to the infield and scored on Nolan's two-out single.
A walk and two hits sent Nashwauk back in front in the fifth and brought in Peterson. The Colts scored one more run on a sacrifice fly before he retired the side.
But that was to be the visitors last gasp. They threatened in the ninth when a hit batter and John Chimento's single advanced a runner to third with one gone. But he was thrown out at the plate on J.J. Wright's grounder to second and Peterson got the final out on a grounder to short.
Bemidji had come within one in the sixth when Bauer reached on an infield single and took second on a wide throw to first., A balk, moved him to third and Nolan sent him home with a sacrifice fly.
Neil Huewe walked for the third time to start the seventh and Fenner singled with one gone. Schaper forced Huewe at third but Johnson lined a single down the left field line to plate Fenner with the tying run.
Schaper was trapp4d and run down between second and third for the final out.
But the respite was short lived. For Peterson singled up the middle to start the tenth. Bauer fanned. But Andrew Hengel looped a single into short left center and Nolan stroked a liner up the gap in right center to end the game.
Nolan and Peterson ended with three hits while Bauer, Hengel, Fenner and Johnson all had two. For the Colts, Wright had three and Joe Badavinac, Mike Rahne and Jeff Cl.usiau two.
Clusiau took the loss going 3.2 innings. The two hurlers had six strikeouts and three walks. Fenner and Peterson ended with five whiffs and two walks.
Tyler Norland will get Monday's starting call at Grand Rapids. Sam Anderson or Ryan Sander could go at Nashwauk.