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Bemidji Legion drops tournament opener
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The Bemidji Legion baseball team dropped its opener at this weekend's tournament in St. Cloud, falling 5-2 to Spring Lake Park in Friday's first round.

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Bemidji returned to action Friday evening when it battled Willmar. The Legion was ahead 9-0 in the top of the third inning when thunderstorms and heavy rain forced a weather delay.

Today the Legion will complete its pool-play schedule when it tangles with Cold Spring at 11:30 a.m. The pool-play results will determine the remaining portion of Bemidji's schedule which includes today's semifinal rounds of the championship, third-place and fifth-place divisions.

Spring Lake Park bolted to a 4-0 lead after two innings on Friday and that spurt proved decisive.

In the opening stanza Spring Lake Park scored three runs on two walks, a hit batter, a single and a double off Legion starting pitcher Jeremiah Graves.

Bemidji scored its first run in the second inning on Tyler Tatro's single, Zach Solheim's fielder's choice, Booster Russ' walk and an error.

In the fifth inning Russ walked, gained second on a passed ball and scored courtesy of Matt Hietala's single.

Graves did not survive the first inning on the Legion mound and Mitch Hendricks came in to relieve. Hendricks went the rest of the way and allowed only two runs.

Bemidji managed five hits, including two by Collin Leif.

Spring Lake Park 310 100 0 - 5 8 1

Bemidji Legion 010 010 0 - 2 5 1

Matthys (W) and Strasser. K-3, BB-2

Graves (L), Hendricks (1) and Leif. K-4, BB-3

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

The Bemidji Legion baseball team dropped its opener at this weekend's tournament in St. Cloud, falling 5-2 to Spring Lake Park in Friday's first round.

Bemidji returned to action Friday evening when it battled Willmar. The Legion was ahead 9-0 in the top of the third inning when thunderstorms and heavy rain forced a weather delay.

Today the Legion will complete its pool-play schedule when it tangles with Cold Spring at 11:30 a.m. The pool-play results will determine the remaining portion of Bemidji's schedule which includes today's semifinal rounds of the championship, third-place and fifth-place divisions.

Spring Lake Park bolted to a 4-0 lead after two innings on Friday and that spurt proved decisive.

In the opening stanza Spring Lake Park scored three runs on two walks, a hit batter, a single and a double off Legion starting pitcher Jeremiah Graves.

Bemidji scored its first run in the second inning on Tyler Tatro's single, Zach Solheim's fielder's choice, Booster Russ' walk and an error.

In the fifth inning Russ walked, gained second on a passed ball and scored courtesy of Matt Hietala's single.

Graves did not survive the first inning on the Legion mound and Mitch Hendricks came in to relieve. Hendricks went the rest of the way and allowed only two runs.

Bemidji managed five hits, including two by Collin Leif.

Spring Lake Park 310 100 0 - 5 8 1

Bemidji Legion 010 010 0 - 2 5 1

Matthys (W) and Strasser. K-3, BB-2

Graves (L), Hendricks (1) and Leif. K-4, BB-3

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

(218) 333-9200
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