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Brainerd ends Legion season 8-2

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Brainerd ends Legion season 8-2
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Brainerd ended the Bemidji American Legion baseball season Thursday night, scoring seven times in the closing innings to pull out an 8-2 victory.

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It came hours after the Legion fell to Little Falls 10-8 in the winner's bracket final. Brainerd ousted Nisswa to reach the night contest an d captured the second berth in next week's District 6 meet with the win.

The two games were carbon copies of one another with Bemidji taking leads into the final innings before falling

In the Little Falls game, it saw an 8-2 lead vanish in the final three frames as Little Falls scored eight unanswered runs.

Against Brainerd the lead was a far smaller 2-1 margin when the winners tallied four times in the seventh and added three more in the eighth.

Bemidji managed only five hits off Brett Jenkins and Joel Martin who worked the final three frames.

Brainerd had nine hits, four for extra bases.

The winners scored in the first when Rob Veith singled, Martin walked and Reed Mimmack singled to score Veith.

Jenkins and Jeremiah Graves then matched zeroes into the fifth when Bemidji tied the score.

Paul Voss doubled with one out and after two walks filled the bases, scored on a single by Tyler Follis.

Bemidji went ahead in the sixth when Billy Statton stroked his first home run of the year.

But Brainerd came alive in the seventh when Trevor Howard matched Statton's four bagger to tie the score.

With one gone, Seth Helland singled and scored on Jaron Hanson's double to center.

That ended Graves's stay with Follis coming on in relief.

He walked two batters to force home a run and the fourth tally crossed on a sacrifice fly.

In the eighth, a walk and singles by Howard and Helland produced two runs and the third crossed on Bemidji's fourth error of the ball game.

Josh Kane worked a scoreless ninth.

Howard and Helland had two hits for the winners. Bemidji's five safeties came from as many different batters.

The loss ended Bemidji's season at 14-18.

But only four players graduate with two freshmen and two sophomores starting in the tournament and a third freshman seeing extensive play in the last half of the season.

The team seems set for a far more productive season in 2010.

BEMIDJJI (2) ab r h rbi e

Graves p-2b 3 0 0 0 0

Follis ss 2 0 1 1 0

Rutledge 2b-ss 4 0 0 0 1

Anderson cf 4 0 0 0 1

Statton 1b 4 1 1 1 0

Tatro 3b 4 0 0 0 1

Voss c 3 1 1 0 1

Lofgren rf 2 0 0 0 0

Kane p 0 0 0 0 0

Lee lf 3 0 1 0 0

Totals 29 2 4 2 4

BRAINERD (8) ab r h rbi e

Jenkins p-ss 4 1 1 0 0

Veith ss-2b 4 1 1 0 0

Martin 2b-p 2 0 1 1 0

Whirley cr 0 0 0 0 0

Mimmack c 5 0 1 1 0

Fairbanks cf 4 1 0 0 0

Howard rf 3 2 2 1 0

Petertson1b 3 0 0 0 0

Helland 3b 4 2 2 2 0

Hanson lf 4 1 1 1 0

Totals 33 8 9 6 0

2b-Voss, Jenkins, Helland, Hanson; HR-Statton (1), Howard; SB-Hanson; Sac- Martin, Peterson; (1); DP: Helland-Martin-Peterson; LOB: Bemidji 8, Brainerd 9

Brainerd 100-000-430---8--9--0

Bemidji 000-011-000---2--5--4

Pitching Record

Ip r er h so bb

Jenkins 6.0 2 2 5 4 2

Martin 3.9 0 0 3 3 1

Rutledge (3-2) 6.1 4 4 7 1 1

Follis 1.2 4 3 2 3 3

Kane 1.0 0 0 0 1 1

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