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Bemidji wins U-12 opener

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GRAND FORKS - Bemidji's 12-U Northern Heat baseball team won its opening game Thursday at the Cal Ripken Midwest Regional here.

Bemidji, which captured the state title last week, thumped Washington, Iowa 6-1 in Thursday's first round. That victory moved Bemidji into today's noon winner's bracket contest against either Bismarck or Colorado.

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George Loxtercamp allowed only three hits and one unearned run in his six innings of work on the Bemidji mound. He also fanned nine and walked only one.

Bemidji took a 1-0 lead in the second when Adam Laakso walked and scored on a fielder's choice hit by Sam Goins.

Bemidji took charge with four runs in the third. Drew Boen reached on an error, Matt Fitzgerald bunted for a single and Zach Schaubut followed with a no-doubt home run to center. Later in the frame Laakso scored courtesy of Jonah Muller's single.

Bemidji cemented the win with Brady Weidemann's solo blast over the center-field screen in the fifth inning.

Iowa 000 100 - 1 3

Bemidji 12-U 014 01x - 6 7

Roos (L) and Wheeler

Loxtercamp (W) and Goins. K-9, BB-1

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