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Bemidji's Legion baseball team split its first four games at this weekend's tournament in St. Cloud and will play for the consolation crown 11:30 a.m. today against either Willmar or Rochester.

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Those teams were battling in Saturday's late game and the winner will take on Bemidji.

Willmar was one of Bemidji's victims in pool play as the Legion blitzed Willmar 15-3 Friday night. Earlier Friday the Legion lost to Spring Lake Park 5-2.

Saturday saw Bemidji lose an 8-inning, 10-9 decision to Cold Spring to complete pool play. The 1-2 pool-play record dropped the Legion into consolation play where Bemidji won its opener, 4-3 over Waite Park.

Friday's late game against Willmar was over early as Bemidji scored nine runs in the second inning. The decisive stanza featured seven hits, including two each by Mason Bellew and Tyler Tatro.

The Legion added three runs in the third, two of them courtesy of Tatro's 2-run triple.

Ryan Stevens went the distance on the mound, fanning three and walking three. Tatro paced the offense with a triple and two singles. Bellew finished with a pair of hits.

Cold Spring, which won the high school Class AA title this spring, needed eight innings to nip Bemidji Saturday. The teams were knotted 8-8 after regulation and Bemidji took a 9-8 lead in the upper eighth. Cold Spring, however, answered with a 2-run bases-loaded double to post the victory.

Mitch Hendricks and Zach Solheim each contributed a double and a single. Collin Leif, Cody Rutledge, Bellew and Tatro had a pair of hits.

In the consolation semifinals the Legion forged a 4-2 lead after three innings and held off Waite Park for the 4-3 victory.

Bemidji scored two in the first on a walk to Leif and singles by Hendricks, Bellew and Matt Hietala.

Kris Berndt drove home Solheim, who was pinch-running for Matt Schneider, in the second stanza and singles by Rutledge and Bellew set the table for a run in the third.

Schneider worked six innings on the mound to earn the victory. Leif pitched the seventh and collected a save.

Pool Play

Bemidji 093 03 - 15 9 2

Willmar 003 00 - 3 4 4

Stevens (W) and Leif. K-3, BB-3

Sawatzky, (L) Schmeck (3) and Lorselle. K-3, BB-8

Bemidji 200 222 01 - 9 14 3

Cold Spring 022 004 02 - 10 8 1

Solheim (W) and Leif. K-6, BB-3

Schramel, Mueller (4) (W) and Fuchs. K-3, BB-4

Consolation Semifinals

Bemidji 211 000 0 - 4 8 0

Waite Park 110 001 0 - 3 9 0

Schneider (W), Leif (7) (S) and Leif, Graves (7). K-0, BB-4

Korte (L) and Mueller. K-3, BB-1

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

Bemidji's Legion baseball team split its first four games at this weekend's tournament in St. Cloud and will play for the consolation crown 11:30 a.m. today against either Willmar or Rochester.

Those teams were battling in Saturday's late game and the winner will take on Bemidji.

Willmar was one of Bemidji's victims in pool play as the Legion blitzed Willmar 15-3 Friday night. Earlier Friday the Legion lost to Spring Lake Park 5-2.

Saturday saw Bemidji lose an 8-inning, 10-9 decision to Cold Spring to complete pool play. The 1-2 pool-play record dropped the Legion into consolation play where Bemidji won its opener, 4-3 over Waite Park.

Friday's late game against Willmar was over early as Bemidji scored nine runs in the second inning. The decisive stanza featured seven hits, including two each by Mason Bellew and Tyler Tatro.

The Legion added three runs in the third, two of them courtesy of Tatro's 2-run triple.

Ryan Stevens went the distance on the mound, fanning three and walking three. Tatro paced the offense with a triple and two singles. Bellew finished with a pair of hits.

Cold Spring, which won the high school Class AA title this spring, needed eight innings to nip Bemidji Saturday. The teams were knotted 8-8 after regulation and Bemidji took a 9-8 lead in the upper eighth. Cold Spring, however, answered with a 2-run bases-loaded double to post the victory.

Mitch Hendricks and Zach Solheim each contributed a double and a single. Collin Leif, Cody Rutledge, Bellew and Tatro had a pair of hits.

In the consolation semifinals the Legion forged a 4-2 lead after three innings and held off Waite Park for the 4-3 victory.

Bemidji scored two in the first on a walk to Leif and singles by Hendricks, Bellew and Matt Hietala.

Kris Berndt drove home Solheim, who was pinch-running for Matt Schneider, in the second stanza and singles by Rutledge and Bellew set the table for a run in the third.

Schneider worked six innings on the mound to earn the victory. Leif pitched the seventh and collected a save.

Pool Play

Bemidji 093 03 - 15 9 2

Willmar 003 00 - 3 4 4

Stevens (W) and Leif. K-3, BB-3

Sawatzky, (L) Schmeck (3) and Lorselle. K-3, BB-8

Bemidji 200 222 01 - 9 14 3

Cold Spring 022 004 02 - 10 8 1

Solheim (W) and Leif. K-6, BB-3

Schramel, Mueller (4) (W) and Fuchs. K-3, BB-4

Consolation Semifinals

Bemidji 211 000 0 - 4 8 0

Waite Park 110 001 0 - 3 9 0

Schneider (W), Leif (7) (S) and Leif, Graves (7). K-0, BB-4

Korte (L) and Mueller. K-3, BB-1

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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