Baseball: Kane, Head pitch strong games in Bemidji Legion wins over TRF
The Bemidji American Legion enjoyed its finest night of the year Tuesday sweeping Thief River Falls 10-4 and 4-1 in a non league twin bill.
Its back to district play tonight as the Legion faces its third straight twin bill at Park Rapids trying to repeat a sweep scored earlier here.
Simon Anderson (1-1) and Jeremiah Graves (0-3) will get the mound starts.
The Legion received two more fine mound efforts Tuesday with Josh Kane going the route in the opener and Chad Head in the nightcap.
Kane allowed seven hits, fanning three and walking only two, working out of trouble several times.
'Thief River scored in the first but Bemidji came back with two. But the Bandits tied it in the third on a single, stolen base and sacrifice fly.
Bemidji went back in front with two in its turn at bat on a walk, botched rundown on a pickoff play and sacrifice fly and hits by Tyler Tatro and Billy Statton.
TRF tied it again in the fifth on two walks and two singles. But it was not to score again.
Bemidji scored what proved to be the winning run in the fifth on a hit batter, Kane's single, a sacrifice and ground out
It broke the game open with five in the sixth on hits by Cody Rutledge, Tatro, Statton and Tyler Follis around a walk and hit batter with Zac Sorenson coming on to get the final two outs to in relief of Jordan Anderson.
Rutledge and Tatro had two three hits in the season-high 13-hit assault Brian Verbout had three of the Bandits' seven.
The nightcap was another mound gem between Bemidji's Head and Isaac Carlson of the visitors.
It went into the sixth inning with the Bandits leading 1-0 before Bemidji exploded for a four run rally.
Head allowed six hits, fanned two and walked four while stranding 11. He never had a 1-2-3 inning.
TRF scored in the third when a single and two walks loaded the bases with no outs. One run scored on a sacrifice fly but Head got the final two outs on a ground out and strikeout. Only one runner reached third the rest of the night. That came in the fifth when the Bandits loaded the bases with two outs before Head fanned Evan Bruggeman again to end the frame.
But Carlson seemed ready to post a shutout entering the sixth.
He had allowed only two hits to that point.
But he walked Graves to open the frame and Follis beat out a bunt.
Things looked bleak when Craves was nailed at third trying to advance on a short wild pitch.
Follis got to second on the play and Rutledge tied the game with a single to right.
Singles by Anderson and Hietala filled the bases and Tatro sent home two with a single. Hietala was nailed at third trying to advance on the hit for the second out.But Paul Voss reached on a fielder's choice that got no outs and two walks forced home the fourth run.Head allowed only a two-out double in the seventh before ending the game
The seven Legion hits came from as many different bats.
Sorenson had two for the Bandits.
The sweep lifted Bemidji to 6-12. Thief River fell to 10-5-1.