Baseball: Mudcats host Rosco Invite this weekend
The Ada A's will be on hand to defend their title at the 11th annual Rosco Invitational Baseball Tournament which stages five games today at the BSU diamond.
The tournament was shortened one day when Blackduck was unable to field a team this summer.
Joining Ada and the host Bemidji Mudcats will be Albertville, Felton and Mayville, N.D
Ada won last year's title 7-2 over the Mudcats with the Bemidji Blue Ox taking third with a 6-2 decision over the Bayside Vipers of Superior.
The Cats had edged Bay City 10-9 and the Blue Ox 3-2 to reach the final. Ada beat the Blue Ox 2-0 and Bayside 6-3 in its first two starts.
The title was its first in the 10-year history of the event
The Mudcats have dominated the meet winning five times.
Clarissa, Alexandria, Duluth and Ft. Ripley each have won once.
The Cats and Albertville will open play today at 10 with Bemidji coming back at 1 to go against Felton.
Other games are listed for 11:30, 2:30 and 4 though in all likelihood the time frame for all rounds should be much longer.
A 10-12-2-4-6 would be more likely and even those times would require some fast paced games.
They are likely to be shortened to seven inning affairs.
The Cats badly need some wins after falling to 1-7 with Arrowhead League losses to Grand Rapids 6-2 here Tuesday night and 10-1 at Nashwauk Wednesday.
Lefty Matt Stasch (0-4) is listed for the Albertville opener.
Sam Martire (1-1),, the former Hibbing star now living in Bemidji is listed for the Felton game at 1. Doug Peterson and Brian and Kevin Murphy should also see action before the weekend ends.
It should see 2-3 games tomorrow with all five teams guaranteed three starts.
The Mudcats, missing their mound aces of recent years Paul Fenner and Tyler Norland, have suffered more in the early going by a lack of hitting rather than hurling. In eight starts, they have managed only 17 runs. Only three opponents have scored more than four, just one more than six.
Of the four other teams this weekend, Bemidji has faced only Mayville, bowing 6-5 at the Moorhead Invitational.
The meet memorializes former Mudcat Dale Ross who died at a young age while a key member of the team.