Cass Lake-Bena extends unbeaten streak by winning subsection
The Cass Lake-Bena baseball team extended its season-long unbeaten stretch to 24 games Thursday as it downed Nevis in the subsection semifinals and slipped past Fosston in the 8AA East championship game. Both games were played at the Bemidji State diamond.
In between the CL-B contests Fosston eliminated Lake of the Woods 10-0 behind a no-hitter by Steve Lyseng to set the stage for the game against the Panthers.
Thursday's wins vaulted the Cass Lake-Bena into Tuesday's Section 8A title series at BSU as the top seed from the East. CL-B will open the action at 1 p.m. against the West runner-up. Fosston (16-5) will meet the West champ at 2:30 p.m. and those winners will return to BSU at 4 p.m. on June 10 to decide the Section 8A champion.
Mike Hanson worked through 6.1 innings to earn the pitching victory over Fosston. He had a no-hitter after four stanzas but the Greyhounds bunched three hits off him in the fifth to score their lone run.
Hanson tired in the seventh and, after issuing three consecutive one-out walks, gave way to Tyler Trosen.
Trosen went 3-0 to his first batter, Gavin Ross, before striking him out with a fastball. Trosen then induced a fielder's choice ground ball to preserve the victory.
CL-B opened the scoring with two gift runs in the first inning on the strength of walks to Hanson, Trosen and Jake Ellis, a wild pitch, Caleb Fisher's single and a hit batter. Mike Masten earned the RBI when he was hit by the pitch.
Brett Fredrickson bunted for a single to open the Cass Lake-Bena second and, after stealing second and gaining third when the throw caromed into the outfield, Fredrickson scored courtesy of Chad Wittner's infield out.
Hanson upped CL-B's advantage to 4-1 with his home run over the left field fence in the fifth and the Panthers scored a key insurance run in the sixth. Fredrickson walked and stole second to begin the threat and he raced home when Wittner's ground ball was booted.
Cass Lake-Bena managed only five hits and no one had more than one. Hanson's home run was the lone extra-base hit.
Earlier Thursday Cass Lake-Bena eliminated Nevis 11-2 behind Fisher's 5-RBI performance.
Fisher sparked a 4-run second when he delivered a bases-clearing double with the based loaded. In the fifth Fisher came through again with the bases loaded, this time collecting a pair of RBI with a single.
Fredrickson provided another key hit when he belted a 2-run round-tripper over the left-center field fence in the third inning.
The Panthers opened the scoring in the first inning when Wittner doubled and Hanson singled him home.
In the second Taylor Humphrey reached on an error and Fredrickson bunted for a single. An out later Nolan Goss singled to load the bases and a run scored when Trosen struck out but a wild pitch plated Humphrey. Fisher followed with his bases-clearing double and CL-B led 5-0.
Nevis drew within 5-2 in the upper third but Cass Lake-Bena answered with three in its half of the stanza.
The key blows were Fredrickson's home run and Hanson's RBI single.
Fisher upped the lead to 10-2 with his 2-run single in the fifth and the Panthers closed the scoring with a solo tally in the sixth when Humphrey doubled and Fredrickson singled him home.
Trosen went the distance on the mound and finished with 13 strikeouts and three walks. Anthony Becker was the losing pitcher.
East Sub-Section 8A Semifinals
Nevis 002 000 0 - 2 5 7
Cass Lake-Bena 143 021 x - 11 13 0
Becker (L) and Edelman. K-4, BB-2
Trosen (W) and Masten. K-13, BB-3
Fosston 10, Lake of the Woods 0
East Sub-Section 8A Final
Fosston 000 010 0 - 1 4 4
Cass Lake-Bena 210 011 x - 5 5 0
Wilson (L) and Papke.K-5, BB-5
Hanson (W), Trosen (7, S) and Humphrey. K-8, BB-4