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Legion baseball: Little Falls beats Bemidji in opening doubleheader

Little Falls' Riley Hirsch slides safely into second base in the opening inning of the first game of Thursday's doubleheader. Bemidji shortstop Tyler Follis took the throw. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Little Falls' defending 6AA North champions opened the Bemidji Legion baseball season Thursday, handing Bemidji a double setback 3-1 and 15-3 at the BSU diamond.

The two teams will meet again Monday at Little Falls in their second twin bill.

Little Falls came into play fresh from a 12-4, 11-0 sweep of Brainerd Tuesday. Bemidji was playing its first games.

The opener was a mound duel between Bemidji's Simon Anderson and Logan Kalis of the visitors.

Anderson allowed seven hits, never, more than two in any inning; He fanned 12 and walked only three.

But his mates could muster only four scattered singles off Kalis who fanned eight and walked one. The only Bemidji run was unearned.

The two hurlers were in full control into the sixth with the game still scoreless.

Each team advanced only one runner to third base.

In the sixth, Eddie Wenzel tripled with one out and scored on a sacrifice fly.

Bemidji answered immediately when Josh Kane doubled, was sacrificed to third by Nick Lee and scored when the throw to first on the sacrifice sailed into right field.

Lee reached second on the play but was doubled off when Tyler Follis lined to first to end the frame. It was the second of three double plays turned by the winners.

The visitors won in the seventh. With two outs Pete Suska walked and stole second. Riley Hirsch cashed him with a double and scored on Kalis' single.

Bemidji put its first two runners on in the last of the frame but a strikeout and fly ball double play ended the game.

Hirsch had three of the seven Little Falls hits.

One sided game

The nightcap was a stark contrast to the opener.

Little Falls opened with four runs in the first and never let up, adding three in the third and four spots in the fifth and sixth to end the game early.

The winners pounded out 19 hits, many of them of the seeing eye variety, but kept base runners aboard the whole contest.

Two errors turned a two-run first into a four run inning and a dropped pop fly. that would have ended the sixth, permitted the final four runs to cross.

Hirsch went the route, limiting Bemidji to three hits while fanning two and walking three.

Jeremiah Graves lasted into the fifth before leaving for Billy Statton.

Bemidji scored all three of its runs in the third when two walks were followed by a Graves double for one run. A wild pitch sent home the second and Follis' single drove home the third.

But Matt Hietela's single in the sixth was the only other hit.

Kalis had four hits for Little Falls, Hirsch and Andy Wenz had three and four others had two, Eight of the nine regulars had hits.

Follis and Chad Head will get Monday's starts at Little Falls.

The next home games for Bemidji will come June 29-30 with Nisswa and Thief River Falls.