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Bemidji Blue Ox draws Ada in opening round of 10-C tournament

BEMIDJI -- The seedings for the Region 10-C men's amateur baseball playoffs have been finalized and the Bemidji Blue Ox will begin its action 1 p.m. today against Ada.

The tournament opener will be at a 10 a.m. and will find Cass Lake taking on Crookston.

The Blue Ox is the top seed from the Lake and Pine League after winning the regular season and conference playoff tournament.

Cass Lake is the No. 2 seed from the Lake and Pine.

Ada is the No. 2 seed from the Norman-Polk League and Crookston was the runner-up in the Northwest Border conference playoffs.

If the Blue Ox wins its first game today it will advance into the winner's bracket and face Roseau, the No. 1 seed from the Northwest Border at 7 p.m. today.

A loss would drop Bemidji into the elimination rounds and a 1 p.m. Sunday game.

A Cass Lake victory would send the Reds into the winner's bracket and they would battle Moorhead, the top seed from the Norman-Polk, at 4 p.m. today. A loss, however, would mean that Cass Lake would face an elimination game at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The Region 10-C playoff field will be sliced to three teams after Sunday's action and those teams will return to Ada on Aug. 10 to conclude the tournament and determine the two region representatives to the state Class C tournament.

The state meet will begin Aug. 16 in Maple Lake and Delano.

Region 10-C Tournament, Ada

(Top 2 teams advance to state)

Saturday's Games

Game 1: Cass Lake (Lake and Pine No. 2 seed) vs. Crookston (Northwest Border No. 2 seed), 10 a.m.

Game 2: Bemidji Blue Ox (Lake and Pine No. 1 seed) vs. Roseau (Norman-Polk No. 2 seed), 1 p.m.

Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Moorhead (Norman-Polk No. 1 seed), 4 p.m.

Game 4: Game 2 winner vs. Roseau (Northwest Border No. 1 seed), 7 p.m.

Sunday's Games

Game 5: Game 1 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 10 a.m. (loser eliminated)

Game 6: Game 2 loser vs. Game 3 loser, 1 p.m. (loser eliminated)

Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 4 p.m.

Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 7 p.m. (loser eliminated)

Saturday, Aug. 10

Game 9: Game 7 loser vs. Game 8 winner, 1 p.m. (loser eliminated)

Game 10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 4 p.m. (winner is region's No. 1 seed to state; loser is region's No. 2 seed to state)

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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