The newly organized Cass Lake American Legion baseball team opened on a winning note Tuesday, flattening Verndale 19-2 on the losers diamond.
The scheduled second game was ended after two frames by darkness. Cass Lake led 9-0 at that point.
Cass Lake has not fielded a Legion team in a number of years,.
Taking over the reins is Carl Jacobs, one time Bemidji High freshmen coach and coach of the 15-year-old All Stars the past two summers.
The team is composed mainly of members of this year's Cass Lake High team which reached the Section 8A final before being beaten.
It is bolstered by collegian Keenan Humphrey who played with the Bemidji Legion the past two summers.
Cass Lake scored three times in the first and closed with eight in the seventh.
The winners pounded out 21 hits with Martin Wind going 6-6.
Chad Wittner added three and Keenan Humphrey and Brett Fredrickson two.
Mike Hanson and Wind had home runs.
Tyler Trosen worked the first five innings, allowing one hit. Hanson finished.
Cass Lake is playing in a league with Walker, Staples, Bertha-Hewitt, Sebeka, Wadena and Verndale.
It took on Walker yesterday in its second start.
Cass Lake 301-304-8---19--21--1
Verndale 000-002-0--- 2-- 2---5
Trosen (1-0), Hanson (6) and Tayler Humphrey
Verndale battery unavailable
The Bemidji American Legion is finding its season opener an elusive target.
For the second time this week, the scheduled opener at BSU was postponed when Thief River Falls was unable to field a team at this point and called the games off.
They will be replayed June 30 at BSU, a date that originally had been set for Thief River Falls.
The return meeting at Prowlerville is unlikely.
Thief River has withdrawn from the District VFW League t his summer, also for lack of numbers.
Bemidji will now open tomorrow at 5 in a district double header with Little Falls.
Those teams will play the return twin bill Monday at Little Falls.
Simon Anderson and Jeremiah Graves will get tomorrow's starting calls with Tyler Trosen and Chad Head pitching at Little Falls.
Both games this year will count in the league standings rather than only the first games as in the previous two years.