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VFW tops TRF to stay alive in district tourney

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PERHAM -- Despite an early loss, the Bemidji VFW baseball team is still alive in the Minnesota District 9 tournament.

After receiving a bye in the tournament, the No. 2 seeded VFW squad fell to third-seeded Fergus Falls 9-5 Friday morning.

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The loss dropped Bemidji to the consolation bracket in the double-elimination tournament. That meant the VFW had to play Thief River Falls later Friday to stay alive.

Bemidji survived, beating Thief River Falls 10-9 after a wild seventh inning that saw Thief River Falls scored six times in the top of the seventh to tie the score at nine before Bemidji sealed the game with a run in the bottom half. A missed bunt on a squeeze attempt foiled Bemidji's first attempt at the win before a bases-loaded single took care of business.

Bemidji will take on either East Grand Forks at 1:30 p.m. today. The winner of that game will play either Fergus Falls or Perham at 4 p.m. today to earn a spot in the championship game.

VFW District 9 Tournament

Thursday, July 25

Game 1: (4) Perham 12, (5) Thief River Falls 0

Game 2: (3) Fergus Falls 11, (6) Detroit Lakes 1

Friday, July 26

Game 3: (4) Perham 4, (1) East Grand Forks 2

Game 4: (3) Fergus Falls 9, (2) Bemidji 5

Game 5: (2) Bemidji 10, (5) Thief River Falls 9 (TRF eliminated)

Game 6: (1) East Grand Forks vs. (6) Detroit Lakes (loser eliminated)

Saturday, July 27

Game 7: (3) Fergus Falls vs. (4) Perham, 11 a.m.

Game 8: (2) Bemidji vs. Winner Game 6, 1:30 p.m. (loser eliminated)

Game 9: Winner Game 8 vs. Loser Game 7, 4 p.m. (loser eliminated)

Sunday, July 28

Championship

Game 10: Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 9

Game 11: Game 10 teams, if necessary.

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Jack Hittinger
Jack Hittinger is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer, focusing on Bemidji State but also covering area high schools. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at http://thebeaverblog.areavoices.com/ and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.
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