Mudcats fall to Hibbing 7-3
The Bemidji Mudcats hopes of reaching the .500 mark in Arrowhead League play were literally washed away Sunday.
A mid-afternoon deluge ended play midway through the first game with Hibbing winning 7-3. The second game was washed out.
The results left both teams at 3-6 in the league with seven games left to play. The Duluth Xpress holds a stranglehold in the pennant race at 7-0.
The Cats head to Grand Rapids for a Tuesday night game, their only listed game this week.
But they still must replay previous postponements with Grand Rapids and Nashwauk. Bemijdi couuld work in one of those games this week.
Matt Erickson went the shortened route to hurl the Miners to their win.
Hibbing never trailed and took the lead for good with two in the third and four in the fourth.
Erickson set down Bemidji on five hits, fanning five and walking none. Loser Ryan Guy was bothered by wildness during his four innings of work, fanning two and walking two but pitching from behind to many batters.
Inning-opening walks in the second and third were both converted to runs.
The first was followed by hits by Erickson and Greg Waleska for a 1-0 lead.
The Cats matched it in their at-bat when Doug Peterson singled, was sacrificed to second and scored on a single by Derek Edholm.
But a walk and Jamie Steinberg's single set the stage in the second with one run scoring on an error and another on Waleska's single.
Bemidji got one back in its at-bat when Brent Magnuson doubled and scored as Brad Johnson reached on an overthrow.
Hibbing clinched matters in the fourth. Dan Schafer opened with one single and Nick Pecha on another when his bunt went unfielded. They advanced on a sacrifice with one run scoring on a sacrifice fly.
Jake Casareto doubled in the second and scored on Steinberg's triple He crossed when the throw to third went wild.
Kevin Murphy retired the side in order in the fifth, fanning all three batters, and fanned another to open the sixth when the rains arrived.
Twenty minutes later the in- field was entirely flooded and the game was called.
Bemidj had scored its final run in the fifth on Dylan Webb's single, a wild pickoff and a single by Magnuson.
Magnuson had a pair for the Mudcats.
The loss dropped the Mudcats to 7-13.
(Game called in the sixth, rain)
Erickson and Steinberg
Guy (1-1), K Murphy (5) and Bennett