Baseball: Bemidji Mudcats win at St. Francis
The Bemidji Mudcats snapped a brief two-game slide Friday winning 7-2 at St, Francis to reach 4-3 on the year.
Saturday's scheduled game at Shakopee was canceled by the host team, the second Twin Cities team to pull out of a date against Bemidji in two weeks.
This weekend, Bemidji faces another busy slate playing at the Brainerd Bees Friday, facing Ft. Ripley and Henderson in a twin bill Saturday at Ft. Ripley and stopping at Nisswa Sunday on the way home for a single game.
The next home game will be an Arrowhead League contest June 9 against Nashwauk. The Colts won their first meeting with the Cats 4-3 at Nashwauk and followed with a 5-1 win at Grand Rapids to take the early league lead.
Ryan Sander got the win Friday, his second in three decisions.
The BSU hurler allowed only four hits, fanned seven and issued no walks in a route going performance.
Jeff Carp worked into the sixth for St. Francis, giving up the first three runs. The final four came off Bill Rentz in the ninth.
St. Francis took a 2-0 lead in the third when Rentz walked with one out, Cory Raby singled and Tyler Earls doubled home both runners.
From that point on, the home team never had more than one base runner on base in any inning.
The Mudcats scored in the fifth when newcomer Nick Stenberg singled, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Dan Bauer's two-out double. Bauer was cut down at third trying for an extra base to end that frame.
Bemidji went ahead in the sixth when John Grindeland reached on an error and scored on Tony Klaers' double.
With two gone, Paul Fenner singled to plate Klaers.
That finished Carp with Tim Johnson coming on to get the final out.
The 3-2 lead lingered through the eighth inning as Johnson worked two scoreless frames before Rentz relieved to end an eighth inning threat.
He gave up a walk and single before ending that frame but was not as fortunate in the ninth.
Jon Clark was hit by a pitch to open that frame and Bauer singled., They advanced as Klaers grounded out and scored on a double by Klaers.
After Doug Peterson was hit by a pitch, Fenner singled home Klaers. A walk followed before Dan Seaborg's single delivered Peterson with the final run.
Bemidji ended with14 hits, four by Bauer and two each by Klaers, Fenner and Stenberg.
Earls had two of the losers four.
The three St. Francis hurlers fanned 10 and walked four.
St. Francis 002-000-000---2-- 4--1
Sanders (2-1) and Clark
Carp (L), Johnson (6), Rentz (8) and Nissen