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Season ends for Blackduck Legion

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PARK RAPIDS -- The Blackduck Legion baseball team ended its season with a 9-12 record after falling 5-1 to Park Rapids and 3-2 to Staples in North Sub-District 6 play earlier this week here.

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Blackduck's Legion program was resurrected this summer after a 15-year hiatus. Blackduck had not had a Legion baseball team since 1998.

Of the 21 games this summer all but five were against Class AA programs. Among the Class AA teams were Park Rapids and Staples.

In the 5-1 loss to Park Rapids Blackduck managed only three hits while the defense committed four errors which led to four runs.

Blackduck scored its lone run in the second on singles by Trevor Smith and Evan Weisert. Dylan Weisert had Blackduck's only other hit.

In the elimination-round game against Staples the teams were knotted 2-2 but Staples scored the eventual game-winner in the bottom of the sixth.

Staples took a 1-0 lead in the lower second but Blackduck drew even in the third when Matthew Patch doubled and Colton Bales singled him home.

Staples used a walk and two singles to take a 2-1 edge in the fourth but Blackduck answered in the sixth when Bales and Evan Weisert singled, Smith advanced the runners with a bunt and Dewy Nissen drove in pinch-runner Mitch Sparby with a fly ball to deep center.

Staples, however, scored what proved to be the game-winning run in the sixth on a single, stolen base and another single.

In the top of the seventh Jake Peterson almost tied the game when he drilled a two-out double off the centerfield fence. But Staples was able to record the final out when its pitcher stabbed a hard smash back to the mound.

North Sub-District 6 Playoffs

First Round

Blackduck 010 000 0 - 1 3 4

Park Rapids 120 002 x - 5 4 0

Peterson (L), Krabbenhoft (6) and Bales

Bade (W) and Eastner

Elimination Game

Blackduck 001 001 0 - 2 8 3

Staples 010 101 x - 3 7 1

Weisert (L) and Bales, Smith (6)

Wick (W) and Jenkins

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Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

(218) 333-9200
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