Cass Lake-Bena baseball team faces Nevis in Section 8A playoffs
The Section 8A baseball tournament shifts to Bemidji State University today for the East Subsection semifinals which begin at noon.
Cass Lake-Bena will battle Nevis in today's opener and Lake of the Woods will face Fosston at 2:30 p.m.
Those winners will qualify for the Section 8A semifinals and will lock horns at 5 p.m. today to determine the Subsection's seeding.
On June 8 the East champion will meet the West runner-up at 1 p.m. at BSU and following that game the East runner-up will face the West champion. Those winners will play at 4 p.m. on June 8 to determine the section champion.
Section 8A action began Tuesday at the sites of the higher seeds.
At Cass Lake, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley stopped Red Lake but saw its season end when it was blanked 12-0 by CL-B.
Nevis handed Blackduck a 6-4 loss in eight innings and Lake of the Woods bounced Kelliher-Northome 16-5. At Fosston, Bagley stopped Laporte but fell 13-5 to Fosston.
The Panthers needed only five innings to dispose of WHA. Mike Hanson walked and eventually scored courtesy of Caleb Fisher's single in the first inning.
Cass Lake-Bena took complete control in the second stanza as singles by Taylor Humphrey, Brett Fredrickson, Chad Wittner, Hanson and Jake Ellis helped fuel a 7-run frame.
In the third an error and Nolan Goss' double led to a pair of runs and CL-B ended the scoring with two in the fourth on singles by Wesley Moe, Humphrey and Hanson and an error.
Humphrey finished with three hits in as many at-bats while Hanson had a pair.
Hanson earned the pitching victory and Trosen retired the side in order in the fifth.
The Panthers will take a 22-0 record into today's game.
East Subsection 8A
WHA def. Red Lake
WHA 12, Red Lake 7
Bagley 15, Laporte 1
Cass Lake-Bena 12, WHA 0, 5 innings
Nevis 6, Blackduck 4, 8 innings
Lake of the Woods 16, Kelliher-Northome 5
Fosston 13, Bagley 5
WHA 000 00 - 0 2 6
CL-B 172 2x - 12 12 0
Zimmer (L) and Grimley. K-1, BB-3
Hanson (W, 7-0), Trosen (5) and Humphrey, Masten (5). K-4, BB-1
Game 1: Nevis vs. Cass Lake-Bena, noon (loser eliminated)
Game 2: Lake of the Woods vs. Fosston, 2:30 p.m. (loser eliminated)
Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 5 p.m.
Section 8A Semifinals
June 8 at BSU
Game 4: East champion vs. West runner-up, 1 p.m.
Game 5: East runner-up vs. West champion, 2:30 p.m.
June 10 at BSU
Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 4 p.m.