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Legion, Nisswa divide two mound gems

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sports Bemidji, 56619

Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

The Bemidji American Legion and Nisswa divided a pair of mound gems Monday night Bemidji taking the opener 4-1 and Nisswa the nightcap 1-0.

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The split left Bemidji 4-8 in sub-district play and dropped Nisswa to 7-2.

Bemidji hosts Thief River Falls in a non-league twin bill tonight at 5 and travels to Park Rapids for a district pair on Wednesday.

Overall Bemidji is 4-12.

The Legion received two outstanding mound efforts from Cody Rutledge and Tyler Follis. Each allowed only one unearned run. Unfortunately for Follis, Bemidji failed to score against Zac Voels.

Rutledge allowed only five hits in the opener fanning two and walking one. It was his second win in three decisions.

Nisswa scored in the second on an error, sacrifice, Voels' single and a passed ball.

But the visitors would not score again having two runners caught on the bases trying to steal.

Bemidji tied the game in the last of the second when Simon Anderson reached second on an error, stole third and scored on Matt Hietala's ground out.

It went ahead 3-1 in the third when Billy Statton singled but was forced at second by Luke Burns.

Singles by Jeremiah Graves and Follis sent him home with Graves scoring on a sacrifice fly.

The final run crossed in the fifth when Follis tripled with two gone and Rutledge singled him home.

Follis was the only Bemidji player with two hits, Voels had three of Nisswa's five.

The second game was an even better pitching gem with Voels shutting down Bemidji on six hits.

Follis allowed the same number, fanning five and walking two.

The loss was his third on the year.

The only run scored in the fourth when Ethan Nichols reached on a two out error, stole second, reached third on Burrel Flanagan's single and scored as Casey Christianson doubled down the left field line.

Follis allowed only two more base runners but Bemidji could never get the tying run.

It had its chances having base runners in five of its seven at bats.

But none got as far as third as Bemidji went 0-5 with runners in scoring position along with having two nailed stealing.

Anderson had two hits for Bemidji.

The six Nisswa blows came from as many different batters.

Chad Head and Josh Kane will get the starting calls tonight with Anderson and Graves facing Park Rapids Wednesday.

First Game

BEMIDJI (4) ab r h rbi e

Graves 2b 4 1 1 0 0

Follis ss 3 1 2 1 1

Rutledge p 2 0 1 2 0

Anderson cf 2 1 0 0 0

Hietala 1b 3 0 0 0 0

Tatro 3b 2 0 0 1 0

Kane rf 3 0 1 0 0

Statton c 3 0 1 0 0

Burns lf 2 1 0 0 0

Totals 24 4 6 4 1

NISSWA (1) ab r h rbi e

Crocker p 3 0 1 0 0

Janousek cf 3 0 1 0 0

Christianson c 2 0 0 0 0

Bendzik 2b 3 1 0 0 1

Rusk 1b 3 0 0 0 0

Voels lf 3 0 3 0 0

Rans 3b 3 0 0 0 0

Alters rf 2 0 0 0 0

Flanagan ph 1 0 0 0 0

Nichols ss 2 0 0 0 1

Totals 25 1 5 0 2

3b-Follis;SB-Follis, Anderson, Rusk; Sac-Rutledge; LOB: Nisswa 4, Bemidji 5; Umpires: Schultz and Rogers; Time:1:18

Nisswa 010-000-0---1--5--2

Bemidji 012-010-x---4--6--1

Pitching Record

Ip r er h so bb

Rutledge (2-1) 7 1 0 5 2 1

Crocker (L) 6 4 3 6 0 0

Second Game

BEMIDJI (0) ab r h rbi e

Graves 2b 3 0 0 0 1

Follis p 3 0 0 0 0

Rutledge ss 3 0 1 0 0

Anderson cf 3 0 2 0 0

Hietala 1b 3 0 0 0 0

Tatro 3b 3 0 1 0 0

Voss c 3 0 1 0 1

Burns cr 0 0 0 0 0

Lofgren rf 2 0 1 0 0

Lee lf 2 0 0 0 0

Totals 25 0 6 0 2

NISSWA (1) ab r h rbi e

Crocker ss 4 0 1 0 0

Janousek cf 3 0 1 0 0

Bendzik 3b 3 0 0 0 0

Rusk 1b 3 0 0 0 0

Voels p 3 0 1 0 0

Solid cr 0 0 0 0 0

Nichols 2b 2 1 1 0 0

Flanagan dh 3 0 1 0 0

Alters rf 0 0 0 0 0

Christianson c 3 0 1 1 0

Brekke lf 2 0 0 0 0

Rans ph 1 0 0 0 0

Totals 27 1 6 1 0

2b-Christanson; SB-Anderson;

LOB: Nisswa 9, Bemidji 4; Umpires: Rogers and Schultz; Time 1:26

Nisswa 000-100-0---1--6--0

Bemidji 000-000-0---0--6--2

Pitching Record

ip r er h so bb

Follis (0-3) 7 1 0 6 5 2

Voels (w) 7 0 0 6 2 0

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