Mudcat bats come alive in big victory
The long dormant Bemidji Mudcats attack came alive Thursday night to bury Grand Rapids 16-6 in seven innings at the BSU diamond.
It lifted the Cats to 3-5 in the Arrowhead League and 7-12 overall.
They have a chance to reach .500 in league play Sunday when they host the Hibbing Miners in a 1 p.m. twinbill. Those two teams split last Sunday at Hibbing.
The 16 runs marked the first time the Mudcats scored in double figures this year, topping the nine registered Sunday in the 14-9 second-game loss at Hibbing.
They scored in all seven at-bats, pounding out 21 hits off three Indians hurlers, nine for extra bases.
Lefty Sam Martire used the big barrage to go the route for his second win.
He gave up 14 hits, including two doubles, but was strong for the most part when he had to be.
Four of the Indians runs, two unearned, came in the fifth slicing the lead to 7-4.
But Bemidji continued its cannonading to pull away.
Hits by Dylan Webb and Brent Magnuson and a pair of sacrifices sent home a run in the first.
Singles by Brian and Kevin Murphy and Webb's double made it 3-0 in the second.
A walk, Brad Johnson's double and an error upped the margin to 5-0 in the third.
It became 7-0 in the fourth on a walk and doubles by Doug Peterson and Johnson.
Martire took the 7-0 lead to the fifth when a bunt single, his own error on a following bunt and four hits cut the margin to three runs.
But the Cats answered with three on Peterson's two-run homer, Johnson's single and Neil Huewe's double.
Webb singled in a sixth-inning tally for an 11-4 lead.
Three two-out hits got a pair for the Rapids in the seventh.
But Bemidji ended the game early.
Sam Sparen, who relieved Josh Cleveland to start the frame, left with an injury after facing five batters which included Derek Edholm's two-run homer. His departure left the player-short Indians with eight players.
Eric Hovet came in and failed to retire a batter with a walk and singles by Kevin Murphy, Webb and Magnuson sending home one and Peterson ending the game with a drive up the gap in left center that plated the game-ending run and would have scored two more had they been needed.
Webb and Johnson had four hits, Peterson and Kevin Murphy three and Magnuson and Brian Murphy two with all 10 players who batted hitting safely.
Billy Shaw and Basil Zulke had three for the losers and Hovet two.
The two teams still must play twice at Grand Rapids, one a makeup.
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Cleveland (L), Sparen (7), Hovet (7) and Shaw
Martire (2-2) and Edholm