Mudcats win two in Rosco tourney
The Bemidji Mudcats took an early 3-0 lead and held off the Blue Ox 3-2 Saturday morning in the opening game of the delayed Rosco Invitational.
They then scored six times in the last of the seventh to shade the Bay City Vipers of Superior 10-9 in their second game.
The Cats and Ada will start today's twin bill at 11 with the Blue Ox and Bay City following at 1:30.
The Cats scored single runs in the first, third and fourth, then held off the young Blue Ox the rest of the way.
The Class C team got back into contention with two runs in the fifth, driving out starter A. J. Johnson and bringing in lefthander Matt Stasch in relief.
He retired all eight batters he faced to earn the save.
Brian Jamieson went the distance for the Ox, allowing eight hits, three for extra bases.
He struck out one and walked one.
The Cats scored in the first when Tony Klaers singled with two outs and scored on Dan Nolan's booming double off the left center field fence.
Jamieson worked around two errors in the second but yielded a run in the third when Dan Bauer blooped a double into short right and scored on two sacrifices, the last by Nolan.
It became 3-0 in the fourth when Jeff Schaper doubled and Brian Murphy singled him home.
A.J. Johnson, a stocky right hander, worked in and out of trouble for four frames, stranding five runners on a wild pitch.
The win lifted the Cats to 7-1 and dropped the Blue Ox to 0-3.
While the Class B Cats were heavily loaded with college performers, the Blue Ox had only two players who saw any action this spring, Jamieson and Schneider.
Blue Ox 000-020-0---2--5--2
Jamieson (0-1) and C. Conway
Johnson (1-0, Strasch (sv) (5) and Nolan
Ada scored four times in the fifth to beat Bay City in a game where hits were less frequent than runs.
The winners had only three safeties but profited from numerous walks.
Bay City had only two safeties but rallied in the seventh to score once and get the tying run to the plate before the final out was recorded.
Bay City 100-001-1---3--2--3
The Mudcats then staged a fantastic finish to overcome Bay City in a game where they trailed much of the way.
Kyle Figgins single to right capped the six-run seventh to send home the winning run.
Bemidji led briefly in the first, scoring on hits by Klaers and Schaper around a walk.
But the Vipers went ahead with three in the third against Brian Murphy.
Two singles around a walk filled the bases with no outs and all three scored on a wild pitch, single and ground out.
The Cats tied at 3-3 in the fourth, scoring twice on hits by Doug Peterson, Andrew Hengel and Bauer.
Murphy had retired 11 straight batters before the Vipers rallied with two out in the fifth, scoring twice on two walks and a single and double.
Bemidji cut the margin to 5-4 in the sixth on hits by Simon Anderson and Bauer.
But the visitors seemed to put the game beyond reach in the top of the seventh with four runs.
Murphy left after a single and hit batter.
Stasch came on again in relief and this time was unable to close the door.
He wild pitched in one run and three walks around a single made it 9-4.
But the best was yet to come.
Figgins drilled a single through first to open the frame and two walks filled the bases, ending the stay of starter Don Vasquez.
Lefty Marcus Besonen relieved and proved no relief.
He walked in two runs and another scored as Bauer reached on an error.
A sacrifice fly plated the fourth and the tying run crossed on a wild pitch.
After Nolan walked, Figgins drilled his second hit of the frame to win the game.
Bauer, Klaers, and Figgins had two hits in the 10- hit Bemidji attack. Stasch picked up the win, his first.
Peterson will get today's start against Ada.
Bay City 030-020-4--- 9-- 7--3
Vasquez, Besonen (L), (7) and LaRose
Murphy, Stasch (1-0) (7) and Clark, Statton (7)