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It was football in July for the VFW baseball team Saturday as Bemidji out slugged Fergus Falls 21-14 in the winners bracket final to gain the championship game at the District 9 baseball playoffs.

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Bemidji awaited its opponent to come out of the loser's bracket Saturday night to discover who it will face in the 1:30 title game.

Should it lose that game it would play again at 4:30 for the championship and the trip to the state meet.

Fergus gained the winners bracket final Friday with a 9-8 win over Perham in a match up of the second and third seeds, Fergus being the third.

In the losers bracket, Moorhead eliminated Perham 11-10 and East Grand Forks ousted Detroit Lakes 10-4 in a second upset. That pair were playing the late afternoon game Saturday with the winner to take on Fergus at night.

The Bemidji-Fergus game was a no holds barred affair with neither team able to stop the other from scoring.

Fergus opened with four in the first only to have Bemidji counter with eight.

But the losers drove starter Ryan Stevens to cover in the second with five to go ahead 9-8.

Bemidji tied it in its at bat, then took a lead it never lost with four more in the third.

But the lead was never safe as Fergus drew within 13-11 with a pair in the fourth.

But Bemidji answered with six for a19-11 lead which proved enough.

Fergus came back with three in the fifth before Zach Solheim relieved Ernie Heifort to end that frame and throw two scoreless innings to close out the victory.

Fergus had 18 hits. Bemidji had 19.

Mitch Hendricks. Kris Berndt and Matt Schneider had three while Collin Leif, Mason Bellew, Jake Urban and Cole Bardwell had two. Every player had at least one.

Urban's included a triple while Hendricks, Berndt, Leif and Schneider had doubles.

The win lifted the Vets to 21-9 on the year and extended their win string to 10. It was also the fourth win in five games with Fergus. Bemidji was 2-0 in games played with Moorhead and 4-0 against East Grand Forks.

The 21 runs were the most scored this season for Bemidji topping the 19 it scored a day earlier in beating Detroit Lakes.

The 14 allowed was also the most in one game, one more than in a 13-2 loss to the Fargo Bombers in the early season.

Kevin Murphy (3-1) will start the 1:30 game with Booster Russ (2-0) set for the 4:30 game if there is one.

Fergus Falls 450-230-0---14--18--4

Bemidji VFW 814-611-x---21--10--3

Viger (L), Woods (4), Toso (4) and Toso, Woodman (4)

Stevens, Heifort (3-1) (2), Solheim (5) and Leif

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