Mudcats go 3-1-1 on busy weekend
The Bemidji Mudcats emerged from a busy weekend with a 3-1-1 record.
They opened with a 9-3 win Friday night at Brainerd before dividing two games Saturday at Ft. Ripley,. losing to that team 3-2 but beating Henderson in the second game 6-0.
Sunday Bemidji won its opener at Nisswa 9-0 before playing to a 13 inning 5-5 tie, called by agreement at that point.
Tonight they return to Arrowhead League play, hosting Nashwauk at7:30 at BSU.
The Colts took the first meeting of the pair 4-3 at Nashwauk.
Paul Fenner (0-1) will get the mound start tonight.
Friday, Bemidji spotted the Bees a 2-0 first inning lead, then came back to take a 4-2 lead in the second, expanded it to 7-2 in the sixth and coasted home.
Joe Andersen started but Matt Stasch, who came on in the third, picked up the win.
The pair limited the Bees to eight hits while fanning eight.
Two hits and two walks produced the two Brainerd runs in the first.
Singles by Doug Peterson, Fenner, Ryan Sander and Andrew Hengel sent home the four in the Bemidji second. A walk, error and hits by Dan Bauer and Dan Nolan sent home three in the sixth.
After the Bees scored their final run in the sixth, Bemidji added two in then ninth on hits by Sam Anderson, Sander and Nick Stenberg around a walk.
Bauer and Sander had three hits for the Cats. Anderson and Fenner had two.
Brainerd Bees 200-001-000---3--8--2
J. Andersen, Stasch (1-0) (3) and Clark. Nolan
Flanagan, Joel (3), Crocker (7) and Schmolke
Saturday morning's opener was a mound duel between Sam Anderson of the Cats and Weletzko of Ft. Ripley.
John Grindeland walked and scored on a wild pitch in the first. Nick Jelacie tripled and scored on a ground out in the second after two walks.
Ft. Ripley went ahead in the fifth on a hit, walk, ground out and sacrifice fly.
Bemidji tied it in the sixth when Nolan doubled, was sacrificed to third and scored as Peterson reached on an error.
The game winner came in the seventh on a walk, sacrifice and double.
Peterson who relieved Anderson to start the sixth, got the loss. His first. Schmolke, who pitched only the seventh, got the win.
Bemidji managed only four hits.
Ft. Ripley 010-010-1---3--5--2
Anderson, Peterson (0-1) (6) and Klaers
Waletzko, Schmolke (w) (7) and Haberman
Sander hurled a five hitter in the afternoon game fanning six and walking one to get his third win.
Bemidji scored three in the third on hits by Grindeland, Tony Klaers and Sander around a walk and three in the seventh on a walk, Nolan's single, a double by Hengel and Sander's one bagger.
Sander had two of Bemidji's seven hits.
Sander (3-1) and Nolan
Nagel and Pedt
Tyler Norland made his season debut Sunday and appeared in mid season form,
Last year's mound ace allowed six hits, two in each of the final two frames. He fanned five and walked one.
Bemidji took charge at the start.
The Cats scored three in the first on a walk, Nolan's single and Hengel's three-run homer.
Four more crossed in the third on Grindeland's single, doubles by Klaers and Nolan, a walk and error.
The final pair crossed in the fourth on Grindeland's single and doubles by Klaers and Hengel.
Grindeland, Klaers, Nolan and Hengel all had two hits in the nine hit Bemidji attack. Hengel had five rbi.
Norland (1-0) and Klaers
Cook (L), Anderson (7) and Morgan
The nightcap was a marathon.
Bemidji took a 3-1 lead in the third only to see Nisswa tie with a pair in the fifth.
Each team scored twice in the 11th and after two more frames, agreed to call it a day.
Bauer went the first nine with Hengel pitching the final four.
Chris Hiltz worked the first six for Nisswa with BHS assistant coach Aaron Jenkins coming on in the tenth.
Three walks filled the bases for Bemidji in the third and Klaers' single and an error plated all three.
Nisswa had scored in the second on an error, single and passed ball.
It scored twice in the fifth on a walk and two singles.
Both teams went scoreless the next five frames before Bemidji took a 5-2 lead in the 11th on an error, Klaers' single, Nolan's double which sent home one and a single by Hengel which plated the second.
But Nisswa came back to tie on a single, walk and two out error which filled the bases and a double by Jenkins.
Neither team threatened in the final two frames before agreeing to end the day.
Nolan had four hits and Klaers and Hengel three in the14 hit Bemidji attack.
Nisswa had only eight.
Bauer, Hengel (10) and Nolan
Hilts, Anderson (7), Jenkins (10) and Dickmeyer