Mudcats cruise past Nashwauk
The Bemidji Mudcats took batting practice Wednesday night, rolling past outmatched Nashwauk 17-1 at the BSU diamond.
It completed a four-game sweep over the Colts and upped the Cats record to 7-2 in the Arrowhead.
Only Duluth lies ahead and the Cats must still face the Xpress in a double header along with others at Grand Rapids and Hibbing.
They host Grand Rapids Tuesday in the final home league game.
Nashwauk arrived with only nine players and paid the price.
Tyler Norland was slow to warm up, allowing three hits and a walk for the lone Colts run in the first.
After that, he allowed only two others making 98 pitches in a seven inning, route going performance.
He fanned 12 and walked only one.
It lifted his season mark to 2-1.
Bemidji scored in each of its six at bats, banging out 21 hits off two Nashwauk hurlers. Its run and hit totals were season highs.
It also played errorless defense,.
Brent Magnuson's double and singles by Tony Klaers and Billy Statton featured a three-run first.
Four more scored in the second. Andrew Hengel and Simon Anderson opened with singles and Doug Peterson, Neil Huewe and Statton followed with one baggers after a walk.
It became 8-1 in the third when Hengel tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly.
Four more crossed in the fourth when Jeff Schaper singled, Peterson tripled, Huewe singled, Hengel smashed his second three bagger and Magnuson singled.
That finished the day for starter Sam Martine.
Zach D'Iorio finished and proved little relief.
The Mudcats added two in the fifth on a walk and Peterson's home run over the left field fence.
They closed with three in the sixth on Klaers' single, a double by Schaper, Peterson's one bagger and a double by Jon Clark.
Nine of the 10 Bemidji batters had hits and nine drove in home runs.
Peterson had four including a triple and home run. Hengel added three with two three baggers while Magnuson, Klaers, Schaper, Huewe, Clark and Statton all had two.
Martire had three of the five Colts safeties.
This weekend the Cats play in the Cold Spring Invitational, a pre-paired meet with Bemidji, Cold Spring and the Brainerd Bees facing Austin and the Minneapolis Angels and Cobras.
Bemidji opens with Austin and the Cobras Saturday and faces the Angels Sunday.
The Cats carry a 16-11 mark into play.
Paul Fenner, Peterson and Matt Stasch are expected starters.
Norland should be available for the Grand Rapids game Tuesday after completing his summer duties coaching the Thief River Babe Ruth team.
Nashwauk 100-000-0---1-- 5--1
Martire (L), D'Iorio (5) and Fisher
Norland (2-1) and Statton, Clark (5)