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Youth baseball: Bemidji places second in 14-year-old state tournament

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji 14-year-old baseball team finished second at the state tournament which was held over the weekend at the BSU and the North Prep diamonds.

The tournament featured a pool-play and championship round format and Bemidji finished 3-0 in its pool.

In its opener Bemidji blanked East Twin (Maplewood) 2-0 and the host team hammered Brooklyn Area 12-2 in its second contest.

Bemidji capped its pool play with an 8-3 win over Baxter and the 3-0 record advanced Bemidji into the championship semifinals.

In the semifinals Bemidji blitzed Moorhead 6-0 but its hope of a state title and advancement to the Midwest Plains Regional in Missouri ended Sunday afternoon as Bemidji fell 3-0 to Hi Tower of the Twin Cities. Last year as 13-year-olds Bemidji also lost to Hi Tower in the state championship game.

Sunday's game was scoreless through five innings but Hi Tower broke through for three runs in the bottom of the sixth on a single, error, double and two more singles.

Zach Schaubut went the distance on the Bemidji mound. He struck out five, walked one and allowed only seven hits.

Bemidji's Northern Heat 9-year-old team also finished second in its state tournament, losing to Baxter 8-2 in Sunday's title game at the Mark Evenson Memorial Diamonds.

On way to the championship game Bemidji thumped Pine City 14-3, Osseo 13-6 and Baxter 17-7. Bemidji finished first among the four teams while Baxter was second but in the rematch for the title Baxter tripped Bemidji 8-2.

Last week the 10-year-old team also finished second to Baxter at the double-elimination state tournament which was played in Baxter.

Bemidji defeated Aitken 14-5 in its opener but then lost 10-8 to Baxter. Bemidji advanced to the championship series by beating Thief River Falls 12-1, Aitken 6-5 and Waite Park 7-5 but its season ended with a 6-4 loss to Baxter.