Mudcats rout Blackduck
The Bemidji Mudcats took charge in the first inning Tuesday night and went on to spill the Blackduck Decoys 7-2 at the BSU diamond.
It was a happy ending to an on-again, off-again game.
It was first postponed when Grand Rapids moved up its Arrowhead League contest with the Mudcats from Wednesday to Tuesday for lack of a field Wednesday.
With league play taking precedence, the Cats called off the game with the Decoys.
But when Grand Rapids was again unable to field a team, that game was cancelled and the Blackduck game restored.
The Rapids was also unable to play the game last night, both for lack of players and a field, and may be close to folding for the year. It marked the second time in two weeks the Indians have failed to field a team
The Cats head south this weekend to face Anoka Friday night and St. Michael and Blaine Saturday. Blaine is a Region 6B opponent.
Coach Neil Huewe hopes to have a near full squad available with Tyler Norland and Paul Fenner getting two starts with Brian Murphy, Matt Stasch and Doug Peterson also available to go.
Peterson turned in his best outing since his early season win over Hibbing.
He held Blackduck to four hits over a seven inning route, fanning five and walking none to reach 2-4 on the year.
Simon Anderson made his long awaited mound debut to pitch the final two frames, fanning five and walking two while allowing one hit. He will also be available for relief this weekend.
Blackduck scored in the first on a single by Tim Brogan, sacrifice, ground out and Josh Zellman's single.
But Peterson retired 15 of the next 16 batters, the lone base runner reaching on a throwing error. He gave up a two out single in the sixth and leadoff single in the seventh before departing with only 80 pitches,
Bemidji locked up the game in its first at bat off Nolan Coyle.
Anderson walked and Brent Magnusson beat out his sacrifice bunt for a single. Both advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Tony Klaers' single to center.
A hit batter and Murphy's infield single sent Klaers home. The Cats loaded the bases on a walk and Andrew Hengel's single before Coyle recorded the final out.
He was superb for the next four frames, allowing only a flair by Murphy in the third, leaving with eight strikeouts.
Lefty Brett Mistic relieved in the sixth. He gave up the final three runs in the seventh when Greg Skerik walked, took third on Peterson's double and scored on Magnusson's ground out.
Klaers' singled sent Peterson home.
After a force out, a hit batter and Murphy's infield single loaded the bases and the third run crossed as Jon Clark walked.
Blackduck got its final run off Anderson in the eighth on Henry Stanislowli's looper over second, a stolen base and two wild pitches.
But Anderson fanned the side in that frame and struck out two of the three outs in the in the ninth.
Zelman had two of the Decoys' five hits. Blackduck played errorless defense. Murphy had three of the eight Mudcats hits with Klaers adding two,
The Mudcats are now 14-9 on the year. Blackduck dropped to 1-12.
Coyle, Mistic (6) and Dexter
Peterson (2-4), Anderson (8) and Statton, Clark (7)