Mudcats host Grand Rapids
The Bemidji Mudcats start their final two weeks of Arrowhead League play tonight hosting Grand Rapids at 7:30 at BSU.
They continue this weekend playing twin bills at Hibbing Saturday and Duluth Sunday.
Thursday's game at Ada has been cancelled at Ada's request.
The Cats are still in the running in the Arrowhead where standings continue to be a mystery.
Duluth was 6-0 at last report with Bemidji 7-2. The Cats will likely need to sweep all five games this week to take over the lead.
Coach Neil, Huewe hopes to have most of his top players back on the diamond by the weekend after operating shorthanded much of the year.
Bemidji defeated the Rapids 3-1 in their lone game to date behind Paul Fenner. The two games at the Rapids were both called off when the Indians were unable to field a team.
They have rescheduled those games for July 31.
Bemidji dropped two games at the Cold Spring Invitational, bowing to Austin Saturday and the Minneapolis Angels Sunday. Saturday's second game was rained out. That dropped the team to 16-13.
They lost their Saturday opener to the Austin Grey hounds 14-1 in five innings, then had their second game with the Minneapolis Cobras rained out.
Sunday, they bowed to the Minneapolis Angels 7-4.
Adam Heeman shut down Bemidji on four hits in the Saturday opener.
The lone Bemidji run came on Andrew Hengel's leadoff home run in the second.
By that time, then Greyhounds held a 2-0 lead, both runs scoring in the top of the frame on an error.
Another six came across in the fourth on two walks, four hits and another misplay.
The final six scored in the fifth on five more hits around a walk with Kevin Murphy coming on to get the final two outs.
Matt Stasch took the loss, his second in four decisions.
Sunday, the Angels took an early 4-0 lead off Keenan Humphrey, scoring three in the first on three hits and a walk and another in the second on three walks and a force out,.
Bemidji got three back in its at bat on a walk, error and hits by Jeff Schaper and Doug Peterson.
The Cats tied the score in the fifth on Tony Klaers' home run.
But the Angels went ahead 5-4 in the sixth on three straight hits and widened the gap with two in the seventh on a single, double and ground out.
The winners had 10 hits off Humphrey and Peterson, who pitched the seventh.
Bemidji had eight with Simon Anderson the only one with two. Klaers' homer was the only extra base hit.
Mudcats 010-00--- 1-- 4--2
Heeman and Zielke
Stasch (2-2), K. Murphy (5) and Statton
Mpls. Angels 310-001-2---7--10--1
Hronski and Geerdes
Humphrey (2-2), Peterson (7) and Statton