Mudcats improve to 6-2
The Bemidji Mudcats returned to winning ways in the Arrowhead League Monday night, beating Nashwauk 9-3 on the Colts diamond in a rain-shortened affair.
Bemidji overcame a 3-2 deficit with three runs in the fifth and widened the gap in the sixth and seventh before rain ended the contest after eight.
It lifted the Cats to 6-2 in league play and dropped the Colts to 1-4. Duluth leads the circuit at 4-0 after its Sunday sweep at Bemidji
Left-hander Keenan Humphrey made his first start, working the first five innings to pick up his second win. Paul Fenner finished with three shutout frames.
Singles by Simon Anderson and Brent Magnuson and a hit batter filled the bases to open the game and Doug Peterson singled home two runs.
The Colts matched those in their first turn on Mike Rahne's double, a walk, groundout and John Chimento's single.
They went ahead in the second on four walks.
Bemidji tied it in the third when Magnuson and Brian Murphy doubled and took the lead in the fifth when Magnuson and Kyle Figgins doubled, Murphy reached on an error and Fenner singled.
Singles by Anderson and Magnuson, a hit batter and sacrifice fly sent home one in the sixth.
Two more followed in the seventh when Murphy doubled and a hit batter and walk loaded the bases.
Andrew Hengel cashed one with a sacrifice fly and two more free passes forced home the second.
Magnuson had four hits and Anderson and Murphy two in the 11-hit Bemidji attack that included five doubles.
Nashwauk managed only four, three of them singles.
The two Bemidji hurlers fanned seven but walked 10, eight by Humphrey.
Joe Caliguire went the route for the Colts, striking out six and walking five.
The Cats are now 12-4 and head south this weekend for a doubleheader at the Brainerd Bees Saturday and another at Nisswa Sunday. The next home start is against the Blue Ox July 2.
Mudcats 201 031 20 - 9 11 0
Nashwauk 210 000 00 - 3 4 1
(8 innings, rain)
Humphrey (2-0). Fenner (6) and Statton
Caliguire and Badavinac