'Cats sweep Duluth
The Bemidji Mudcats used excellent hurling Sunday to sweep its Arrowhead League double header at Duluth and climb back into the league race.
Paul Fenner hurled a 4-0 win in the opener with Tyler Norland pitching the 5-2 second game victor.
The sweep lifted the Cats to 3-2 in the league and 13-5-1 overall.
Grand Rapids leads the Arrowhead at 4-1 with Bemidji 3-2, Nashwauk 4-3, Duluth 1-3 and Hibbing 0-3.
Fenner closed down the Express on two hits in the opening game for his third win of the year. He struck out eight and walked two in going the route.
Bemidji scored twice in the first on an error, Tony Klaers' single and a wild pitch, which plated one, and Neil Huewe's double which sent home the second.
They were then blanked by Jeff Adams through the sixth before scoring twice in the seventh on Phil Ronnebaum's single a walk, sacrifice and Klaers' two-run single.
Klaers and Ronnebaum each had two hits in the eight-hit Mudcats attack.
Bemidji scored three runs in the sixth to snap a 2-2 tie and win the nightcap.
Norland scattered seven hits, fanning three and walking three to reach 3-0..
Bemidji had 11 hits off two Express pitchers with Josh Petka working the first six to take the loss.
Dan Bauer reached on an error and scored on a ground out in the first.
Duluth took a 2-1 lead in the second on a walk, Grant Kolhase's double and Kevin Knock's single, each hit driving home a run .
But they managed only two base runners the rest of the way as Norland was in complete control.
The Cats tied the game in the fourth when Huewe doubled and scored on Norland's two bagger.
They won in the sixth when Jeff Schaper singled, Sam Anderson reached on an error and Norland singled to load the bases.
Ronnebaum sent home two with a single and Ryan Johnson plated the third.
Norland had three hits and Klaers and Huewe two for Bemidji. Duluth's five came from as many different batters.