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Bemidji improves to 6-2

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

BEMIDJI - The VFW baseball team is 6-2 after posting a 3-1 record and recently winning the Grand Rapids Invitational.

The next games for the team are Tuesday when they travel to East Grand Forks for a doubleheader.

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Prior to the tournament Bemidji hosted Grand Rapids in a doubleheader. The VFW took the opener 3-1 behind Collin Rutledge's complete game, 12-strikeout pitching performance. In the rematch Grand Rapids took advantage of six Bemidji errors to post a 9-5 win.

In its tournament opener the VFW blitzed Superior 14-4. Brady Eckman and Isaac Klinke combined on a five-hitter.

Duluth East then stopped Bemidji 10-5 in 10 innings but the VFW thumped Greenway 13-4 in its next outing. Seth Anderson went the distance on the Bemidji mound.

That victory vaulted the VFW into the championship game against Rocori. Rutledge allowed only five hits and that performance helped Bemidji post a 3-2 victory.

The VFW trailed 2-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh but Isaac Klinke began the rally with a one-out double. Ben Thompson followed with a bunt single and Rutledge doubled home the lead runner. Lucas Parker's single plated Thompson with the game-winner.

Grand Rapids 000 010 0 - 1 5 4

VFW 000 003 x - 3 4 1

Harris (L) and Hasbargen. K-3, BB-1

Rutledge (W) and Revering. K-12, BB-0

Grand Rapids 002 250 0 - 9 10 1

VFW 000 032 0 - 5 6 6

Rajala (W) and Sjostrand. K-4, BB-5

Johnson (L), Salander (4), Goins (6) and Revering. K-4, BB-4

Grand Rapids Invitational

VFW 004 027 1 - 14 13 3

Superior 000 004 0 - 4 5 5

Eckman (W), Klinke (6) and Revering. K-5, BB-3

Griffith (L), Mullerd (7) and Anderson. K-3, BB-2

Duluth East 011 101 010 5 - 10 8 0

VFW 003 010 010 0 - 5 8 3

Turner (W) and Aldrich. K-13, BB-3

Salander, Eckman (L, 10), Revering (10) and Revering, Weidemann (10). K-5, BB-10

Greenway 000 040 0 - 4 8 3

VFW 034 105 x - 13 16 0

Shevich (L) and Guyer. K-1, BB-2

Anderson (W) and Weidemann. K-6, BB-2

Championship

Rocori 200 000 0 - 2 5 0

VFW 000 100 2 - 3 7 1

Nue (L) and Kuhnst. K-2, BB-1

Rutledge (W) and Revering. K-2, BB-1

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