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Baseball: Bemidji Legion falls in two close games at St. Cloud

The Bemidji American Legion baseball team turned in a pair of good games at the St. Cloud Invitational Friday but came out on the short end of both.

Bemidji lost the opener 2-1 to Coon Rapids on a pair of unearned runs.

It then fell to Waite Park 5-2 in the afternoon contest.

This morning it will complete pool play against the St. Cloud Chutes before entering bracket play this afternoon at 3.

Bemidji played perhaps its best game of the season in Friday's opener holding Coon Rapids to four singles and two unearned runs.

Coon Rapids is a top 20 team in this week's state Legion poll.

Its only runs came in the second when Ian Andrews singled and reached third as Billy Hichhi's fly to right was dropped for a two base error.

Tony Remaun singled home Andrews and Hicchi scored on a sacrifice fly.

Bemidji got one back in the fourth when Tyler Follis doubled, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Matt Hietala's ground out.

It threatened in the fifth when Tyler Tatro and Nick Lee singled with one gone to put runners on second and third. But Joe Brinla stranded them there getting the next two outs.

Jeremiah Graves went the route for Bemidji fanning two and walking none, Brinla also had two strikeouts and no walks in the well played game.

Chad Head will get today's start against the Chutes with Follis listed for the start in this afternoon game.

Matt Korte shut down Bemidji on four hits in the nightcap.

The Silver Stars broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the fourth and added two in the fifth to pull away.

Eric Schneider led an eight hit attack with a home run and double to drive in two runs.

Bemidji took a 1-0 lead in the second with Tatro was hit by a pitch, was sacrificed to second, went to third on Paul Voss' single and scored on Josh Kane's ground out.

Waite Park tied it in its at bat on a walk, stolen base and Bemidji error, its only misplay of the game.

The Stars went ahead 2-1 in the third on Schneider's home run.

Bemidji tied it in the fourth when Hietala walked, advanced on a ground out and scored on Billy Statton's single.

But the Silver Stars went ahead in the last of the frame on a walk, stolen base, wild pitch and sacrifice fly and cemented the game in the fifth when Korte singled, scored on a Fuchs double and Schneider singled Fuchs home.

Schneider was the only player with more than one hit.

Statton went the route with two strikeouts and two walks. Korte fanned one and walked two.

Head and Follis will each be seeking their first wins today.