The Bemidji American Legion heads south tonight for a pair of sub-district league games at Nisswa.
The two starts give Mike Fogelson's forces a golden chance to move up in the sub-district race.
Little Falls currently fronts the race at 7-1 with Nisswa 4-1.Bemidji is 2-4, Brainerd 1-4 and Park Rapids 1-5.
Bemidji is coming off a promising weekend at the St. Cloud Invitational where it failed to win but received good hurling and defense in dropping three close games.
It played without Simon Anderson (0-1) who was performing in the Lions All Star Series at Chaska.
He will be back to start one game tonight
Freshman Cody Rutledge will go in the second game.
Jeremiah Graves (0-2) and Tyler Follis (0-2) will face Brainerd Thursday.
Nisswa, which was once the Brainerd High B Team's summer outlet, no longer plays a subordinate roll and has many of the top Brainerd players through the summer. On the mound staff is Warriors ace Dan Bendzik along with and Kyle Crocker among others.
Hitting continues to be Bemidji's major problem with three freshmen and two sophomores playing regularly.
The Legion managed only four runs and 11 hits in its four games at St. Cloud.
That came after it had scored 32 runs in its three previous games against Little Falls and Park Rapids.
In 10 games Rutledge and Follis show nine hits to lead the team. Bemidji has been held to three or fewer runs in seven of those starts.