Bemidji Mudcats end year at region tournament
HIBBING – The Bemidji Mudcats saw their season end Friday when they dropped a 7-5 decision in the play-in game of the Section 6-B men’s amateur baseball tournament here.
The survivors of the five-team section were Moorhead and Duluth and both teams advanced to one of four double-elimination Super Sectionals which will determine the eight teams that qualify for the state tournament.
The Class B state meet begins Aug. 23 and is hosted by Howard Lake and Maple Lake.
Moorhead will host one of the Super Sectionals and will face Isanti at 6 p.m. Friday in its first game. Friday’s other first-round matchup sees Shakopee facing Champlin.
The top two finishers will advance to state.
The same scenario awaits in the Austin Super Section where Duluth will meet Dundas 8:30 p.m. Friday. The first game pits Austin against Eagan.
The Class C state tournament field has already been determined and acting as hosts will be Delano and Maple Lake. The opening game at Maple Lake will be 5 p.m. Aug. 16 when Clear Lake meets Wilmont.
Playing the opener at Delano will be Owatonna and St. Benedict.
The Bemidji Blue Ox fell one game short of advancing to the state tournament as it lost 9-2 Saturday to the Moorhead Bulldogs in the 10- C loser’s bracket final.
Moorhead went on to defeat Roseau 4-3 for the region crown.
Both Moorhead and Roseau gained the single-elimination, 48-team state meet. Moorhead drew an opening-round bye and will meet either Raymond or Lastrup on Aug. 25 in Delano. Roseau will battle Maple Lake on Aug. 18 in Delano.
Although no area team made it to the state tournament, two area players were drafted by the state qualifiers.
Ryan Sander of the Blue Ox will pitch for Moorhead while Nolan Coyle, who played for the Cass Lake Reds, will take the mound for Roseau.