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Legion tops Fosston 9-7, posts 11-0 record during grueling seven-day stretch

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A grueling week ended Friday night the same way it began, with a victory, as the Bemidji Legion rallied to stop Fosston 9-7 in a scheduled nine-inning game at the BSU diamond.

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The win was Bemidji's 11th without a loss during the past seven days.

Last Saturday the Legion defeated Cold Spring at the St. Cloud tournament and Sunday it posted three more victories to capture the tourney title. After taking Monday off Bemidji swept a doubleheader from Little Falls on Tuesday, took a pair at Nisswa on Wednesday and duplicated that feat at home Thursday against Brainerd.

Fosston was looking for some action after battling poor weather all summer and Bemidji, although it would have welcomed another day off, was willing to accommodate.

A few of the Legion regulars were unable to make it to the diamond Friday but their absences opened a door for some of the reserves. Among them was Andrew Street who provided the key spark which ignited the decisive six-run seventh inning.

Bemidji trailed 7-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh and Fosston seemed to have the situation well in hand. But the Legion wasn't about to go down easily.

"It was nice to see us respond to the adversity," said Bemidji coach Mike Fogelson. "We were down 7-2 but we came back and it was the bottom of the order that got us going."

Nick Conner opened the inning by beating out an infield single to the right side. Street followed with a booming triple to center and the Legion was on its way.

Trent Baker narrowed the deficit to 7-4 with a single down the third-base line and he scored all the way from first when Mitchell Hendricks drilled a double to center.

An out later Hendricks scampered home as Collin Leif singled to right and, following an errant pickoff and a wild, Leif scored the tying run.

But the inning wasn't quite over. Cody Jenkins and Mason Bellew walked and with two outs Conner's grounder to short was mishandled and Jenkins scored the eventual winning run.

Bemidji added an insurance marker in the eighth as Baker, Hayle and Leif walked and Jenkins plated the lead runner with a sacrifice fly.

The Legion opened the scoring in the first inning when Hayle reached on an error and Leif doubled him home. The visitors countered with four in the fourth, the key blow being Steve Lyseng's three-run round-tripper.

Bemidji used Baker's single and Hendricks' double to draw within 4-2 in the fifth but Fosston wasted little time regaining the edge as a hit batter, two singles, a walk and a double combined for three in the sixth.

All that rally did, however, was provide more incentive for Bemidji's offense.

"We're playing very well in all areas of the game," Fogelson said. "Our pitching has been good, our defense has been solid and, for the most part, we're hitting the ball and scoring runs.

"As a unit we are playing well."

Baker relieved Jenkins on the mound in the sixth and earned the pitching victory. The pair combined for six strikeouts but also walked six hitters.

Hendricks contributed two singles and a double to pace the offense. Street collected a pair of doubles, Leif a single and a double and Baker two singles.

Bemidji, 14-1, will take the weekend off. Its next action will be Tuesday when it visits Little Falls.

"We're going to spend the July 4 holiday recharging our batteries," the coach said. "Everybody needs a break and we're going to enjoy a few days off.

"But on Tuesday it will be time to get back to work."

Fosston 000 403 000 - 7 7 4

Bemidji Legion 100 010 61x - 9 9 3

Parent, Lyseng (7, L) and Papke. K-3, BB-5

Jenkins, Baker (6, W) and Leif. K-6, BB-6

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

A grueling week ended Friday night the same way it began, with a victory, as the Bemidji Legion rallied to stop Fosston 9-7 in a scheduled nine-inning game at the BSU diamond.

The win was Bemidji's 11th without a loss during the past seven days.

Last Saturday the Legion defeated Cold Spring at the St. Cloud tournament and Sunday it posted three more victories to capture the tourney title. After taking Monday off Bemidji swept a doubleheader from Little Falls on Tuesday, took a pair at Nisswa on Wednesday and duplicated that feat at home Thursday against Brainerd.

Fosston was looking for some action after battling poor weather all summer and Bemidji, although it would have welcomed another day off, was willing to accommodate.

A few of the Legion regulars were unable to make it to the diamond Friday but their absences opened a door for some of the reserves. Among them was Andrew Street who provided the key spark which ignited the decisive six-run seventh inning.

Bemidji trailed 7-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh and Fosston seemed to have the situation well in hand. But the Legion wasn't about to go down easily.

"It was nice to see us respond to the adversity," said Bemidji coach Mike Fogelson. "We were down 7-2 but we came back and it was the bottom of the order that got us going."

Nick Conner opened the inning by beating out an infield single to the right side. Street followed with a booming triple to center and the Legion was on its way.

Trent Baker narrowed the deficit to 7-4 with a single down the third-base line and he scored all the way from first when Mitchell Hendricks drilled a double to center.

An out later Hendricks scampered home as Collin Leif singled to right and, following an errant pickoff and a wild, Leif scored the tying run.

But the inning wasn't quite over. Cody Jenkins and Mason Bellew walked and with two outs Conner's grounder to short was mishandled and Jenkins scored the eventual winning run.

Bemidji added an insurance marker in the eighth as Baker, Hayle and Leif walked and Jenkins plated the lead runner with a sacrifice fly.

The Legion opened the scoring in the first inning when Hayle reached on an error and Leif doubled him home. The visitors countered with four in the fourth, the key blow being Steve Lyseng's three-run round-tripper.

Bemidji used Baker's single and Hendricks' double to draw within 4-2 in the fifth but Fosston wasted little time regaining the edge as a hit batter, two singles, a walk and a double combined for three in the sixth.

All that rally did, however, was provide more incentive for Bemidji's offense.

"We're playing very well in all areas of the game," Fogelson said. "Our pitching has been good, our defense has been solid and, for the most part, we're hitting the ball and scoring runs.

"As a unit we are playing well."

Baker relieved Jenkins on the mound in the sixth and earned the pitching victory. The pair combined for six strikeouts but also walked six hitters.

Hendricks contributed two singles and a double to pace the offense. Street collected a pair of doubles, Leif a single and a double and Baker two singles.

Bemidji, 14-1, will take the weekend off. Its next action will be Tuesday when it visits Little Falls.

"We're going to spend the July 4 holiday recharging our batteries," the coach said. "Everybody needs a break and we're going to enjoy a few days off.

"But on Tuesday it will be time to get back to work."

Fosston 000 403 000 - 7 7 4

Bemidji Legion 100 010 61x - 9 9 3

Parent, Lyseng (7, L) and Papke. K-3, BB-5

Jenkins, Baker (6, W) and Leif. K-6, BB-6

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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