The Bemidji VFW moved easily into the second round of the District 9 playoffs Friday morning, burying Detroit Lakes 19-0 on the losers Washington Park diamond.
Bemidji will face Perham or Fergus Falls today at 1:30 needing a win to move to the title game Sunday at 1:30.
Should it lose today, it would face a losers bracket contest tonight at 7:30.
Thursday's opening games found Detroit Lakes upsetting Moorhead 10-7 in a 5-4 match-up.
Fergus beat East Grand Forks 14-4 in the 3-6 pairing.
Moorhead met the Perham-Fergus loser in the 4:30 contest Friday while East Grand Forks and DL squared off at 7:30. The losers in each of those two games were eliminated.
The two winners clash today at 4:30 with that winner moving into the 7:30 game.
Bemidji, which beat DL handily in all four of its regular season games, took one inning to get untracked,.
It then scored five times in the second, four more in the third and ended matters with a 10-run fourth.
It pounded out 16 hits against two DL hurlers, four for extra bases.
Jake Urban had four with Mitch Hendricks adding three and Kevin Murphy. Collin Leif and Cole Bardwell two.
Leif's included a three-run homer in the big fourth plus a double. Urban and Murphy also doubled.
Matt Schneider went the shortened distance on a one hitter for his fifth win in six decisions.
Ryan Stevens (4-1) will get today's start with Murphy (3-1) pitching the third contest, hopefully on Sunday.Ernie Heifort (2-1) Booster Russ (2-0) and Urban (2-2) are also available for a start if needed.
The District champ advances to the state meet next weekend, a tournament Bemidji last went to in 2005.
The win lifted Brad Johnson's forces to 20-9 on the year and their current win string to nine.
Bemidji went 2-2 with Perham and 3-1 with Fergus Falls in the regular season
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Bemidji VFW 054-(10)x---19--16--0
Gailfus, Manning (4) and Labat
Schneider (5-1) and Leif