Vets gain third seed with final sweep
The Bemidji VFW wound up its regular season on a winning note Monday night, sweeping Perham 13-2 and 8-1 at the BSU Stadium.
It gave Bemidji the third seed for the district meet opening Thursday at Perham.
Bemidji will face the No. 6 seed, East Grand Forks at 3:30.
No. 4 Fergus Falls will take on No. 5 Detroit Lakes in another opener while Perham will go against the No. 2 team, Moorhead or Thief River Falls.
The No. 1 team, Moorhead or Thief River, draws the first round bye.
That team will draw the 4-5 winner in the semifinals while the 2-6 winner goes against the 3-5 winner.
The double elimination meet will continue through Sunday. Bemidji beat Moorhead 7-4 in last year's final.
Bemidji ended 12-11-1 in district play and 15-14 overall. Perham, normally a challenger for the title, ended last at 4-20.
Bemidji ended the first game in five innings, scoring in every frame.
Haakon Pederson set down the visitors on five hits, fanning 11 and walking three, to lift his record to 3-4.
Bemidji made the most of seven hits, three by Ryan Sullivan.
Perham scored in the first on a walk, Nathan Schmitz's double and a single by Anthony Ruther.
Bemidji got it back on two walks around Pat McSharry's single and a ground out.
It took a 5-1 lead in the second. Nate Blumhagen opened with a triple and scored on Keenan Humphrey's single. A walk and Sullivan's single made it 3-1 and two more crossed on a wild pitch and error.
It became 8-1 in the third on two walks, Sullivan's double and a wild pitch.
Five more scored in the fourth on Sol Schneider's single between two errors, a force out for one, Sullivan's three-run triple and a double by Alec Schulz.
Wade Salo went the route for Perham, fanning three and walking seven.
Bemidji opened the second game with a first inning run on four walks.
Singles by Ruther and Salo got it back in the Perham second.
But Bemidji countered with four on two-run singles by Sullivan and Schneider around three walks and two errors.
Another three crossed in the fifth on two walks and hits by Schneider and Alex Hengel around a pair of walks and a hit batter.
Simon Anderson went the distance, fanning 11 and walking one, to reach 5-2 on the year. Marcus Hendrickson left in the third to take the loss. He and Gavin Biegler walked 14 and fanned five.
Schneider had two of the six Bemidji hits. Schmitz had two for Perham.
Bemidji beat East Side three out of four games this summer.
Perham 100-01--- 2--5--4
Bemidji VFW 143-5x---13--7--1
Salo and Schmitz
Pederson (3-4) and Anderson
Bemidji VFW 140-030-x---8--6--0
Hendrickson (L), Biegler (3) and Schmitz
Anderson (5-2) and Clark