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Bemidji Legion ends 9-game road swing today

A nine-game road trip which included five games in St. Cloud, two in Perham and two more in Nisswa, ends today when the Bemidji Legion hosts Thief River Falls.

Today's action was originally scheduled as a double-header beginning at 5 p.m. but, because of the Legion's recent hectic schedule which includes Thursday's home twinbill against Brainerd, today's game is likely to be switched to one 9-inning contest.

The game time is still expected to be 5 p.m.

In Tuesday's late action the Legion was at Nisswa. Monday Bemidji visited Perham and returned with a pair of decisive victories, taking the opener 12-3 and the nightcap 20-6.

"We've been swinging the bats very well lately and it continued Monday," said Bemidji coach Mike Fogelson.

The Legion pounded 31 hits in the two games, including 16 in the opener. Zach Solheim paced the attack with two home runs and four RBI in the first game and another round-tripper in the rematch.

Collin Leif also had a productive opener as he belted five hits in as many at-bats and contributed four RBI. Mason Bellew and Jeremiah Graves each ripped three hits.

"Mason pitched very well and Zach and Collin got our offense going," Fogelson said.

Bellew went the distance and allowed only five hits. He struck out five and walked two. The game was tight until the latter stages as the Legion extended a 4-3 lead with three in the fifth, one in the sixth and four in the seventh.

There was no suspense in the nightcap as Bemidji scored 10 runs in the opening frame. The Legion added six in the second and four in the third and breezed to the 5-inning victory.

Cody Jenkins worked the first 2.2 innings on the Bemidji mound and Booster Russ earned the victory with 2.1 innings of relief. The pair whiffed seven and walked two.

In the opening inning the Legion saw 11 consecutive batters reach base, seven with hits and four via the walk. Among the hits were doubles by Bellew and Cody Rutledge plus Tyler Tatro's 2-run single.

Solheim sparked the 6-run second with his third home run of the twinbill. Another four hits followed, including Bellew's 2-run double.

Jenkins, who moved up to the Legion because the VFW had a night off, blasted a 3-run home run in the third.

Jenkins and Mitch Hendricks each contributed three hits while Bellew, Solheim and Kris Berndt had a pair.

Bemidji 101 231 4 - 12 16 1

Perham 010 200 0 - 3 5 2

Bellew (W, 1-1) and Leif. K-5, BB-2

Still (L) and Stafki. K-5, BB-3

Bemidji (10)64 00 - 20 15 0

Perham 0 03 21 - 6 11 3

Jenkins, Russ (3) (W 1-0) and Leif, Hayle (3). K-7, BB-2

Studer (L) and Stafki. K-4, BB-5

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

A nine-game road trip which included five games in St. Cloud, two in Perham and two more in Nisswa, ends today when the Bemidji Legion hosts Thief River Falls.

Today's action was originally scheduled as a double-header beginning at 5 p.m. but, because of the Legion's recent hectic schedule which includes Thursday's home twinbill against Brainerd, today's game is likely to be switched to one 9-inning contest.

The game time is still expected to be 5 p.m.

In Tuesday's late action the Legion was at Nisswa. Monday Bemidji visited Perham and returned with a pair of decisive victories, taking the opener 12-3 and the nightcap 20-6.

"We've been swinging the bats very well lately and it continued Monday," said Bemidji coach Mike Fogelson.

The Legion pounded 31 hits in the two games, including 16 in the opener. Zach Solheim paced the attack with two home runs and four RBI in the first game and another round-tripper in the rematch.

Collin Leif also had a productive opener as he belted five hits in as many at-bats and contributed four RBI. Mason Bellew and Jeremiah Graves each ripped three hits.

"Mason pitched very well and Zach and Collin got our offense going," Fogelson said.

Bellew went the distance and allowed only five hits. He struck out five and walked two. The game was tight until the latter stages as the Legion extended a 4-3 lead with three in the fifth, one in the sixth and four in the seventh.

There was no suspense in the nightcap as Bemidji scored 10 runs in the opening frame. The Legion added six in the second and four in the third and breezed to the 5-inning victory.

Cody Jenkins worked the first 2.2 innings on the Bemidji mound and Booster Russ earned the victory with 2.1 innings of relief. The pair whiffed seven and walked two.

In the opening inning the Legion saw 11 consecutive batters reach base, seven with hits and four via the walk. Among the hits were doubles by Bellew and Cody Rutledge plus Tyler Tatro's 2-run single.

Solheim sparked the 6-run second with his third home run of the twinbill. Another four hits followed, including Bellew's 2-run double.

Jenkins, who moved up to the Legion because the VFW had a night off, blasted a 3-run home run in the third.

Jenkins and Mitch Hendricks each contributed three hits while Bellew, Solheim and Kris Berndt had a pair.

Bemidji 101 231 4 - 12 16 1

Perham 010 200 0 - 3 5 2

Bellew (W, 1-1) and Leif. K-5, BB-2

Still (L) and Stafki. K-5, BB-3

Bemidji (10)64 00 - 20 15 0

Perham 0 03 21 - 6 11 3

Jenkins, Russ (3) (W 1-0) and Leif, Hayle (3). K-7, BB-2

Studer (L) and Stafki. K-4, BB-5

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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