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Baseball: Bemidji Mudcats open road trip

The Bemidji Mudcats hope to continue their winning ways this weekend when they face a stiff five-game schedule on the road.

It begins tonight at Brainerd against the Brainerd Bees. Tomorrow action shifts to nearby Ft. Ripley for games against the host team at1:00 and Henderson at 1:30.

And Sunday Bemidji will stop at Nisswa on the way home for a double header starting at noon.

The second game was just added to the slate to make up for recent cancellations of games against the St. Paul Mudhens and Shakopee Coyotes.

The Blue Ox face a double dip Sunday at Ada in Norman-Polk League play.

The busy weekend will give Mudcats Coach Scott Seaton a chance to drop deeper into his mound staff.

He also expects to have many of his veteran players on hand for the first time with Tyler Norland, John Grindeland and Phil Ronnebaum among those present.

They should add some punch to the young crew that has played most of the first seven games which found the Cats going 4-3.

Joe Andersen will make his season mound debut tonight at Brainerd where the host team is 2-4 this season.

Paul Fenner (0-1) and Ryan Sander (2-1) are listed against Ft. Ripley and Henderson with Norland and Dan Bauer facing Nisswa Sunday.

Bemidji beat Ft, Ripley 6-2 behind Norland and bowed 3-2 with Bauer on the mound last year. It also fell to Henderson 6-4 with Seaton the pitcher of record.

The Cats won their last start 7-2 at St. Francis with the following Shakopee game cancelled.

Their next home game will be an Arrowhead contest Tuesday with Nashwauk. The Rosco tournament will follow next weekend.

The Blue Ox will be meeting Ada in league play for the first time, joining the Norman-Polk this year after the Itasca League disbanded.

The two teams crossed paths at last year's regional meet with Ada winning 13-10.

The Ox is 2-3 after losing three final-inning decisions last weekend at Roseau and Crookston.

Cody Gross is likely to hurl one game with Justin Huether going in the second game.

The new league has split into two divisions with Ada, East Grand Forks and Crookston in the Norman-Polk and Bemidji, Warroad and Roseau in the Northwest Border.

They will continue to play an interlocking schedule.

Today's will be the last games for the Ox before they also play in the Rosco Invitational.