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Legion splits home doubleheader with Perham

Booster Russ of the Bemidji Legion was waiting with the tag when Perham's Gavin Biegler attempted to steal second Tuesday night. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

The Bemidji Legion's offense threatened in two of the first three innings Tuesday against Perham but the visitors were able to work their way out of the jams.

In the next three innings, however, Perham was not as fortunate as Bemidji scored 10 runs during that span and coasted to a 10-0 victory in the opening game of the home doubleheader.

Perham, however, gained a split by outlasting Bemidji 12-11 in the nightcap.

That opportunistic offense, combined with the shutout pitching of starter Ryan Stevens and reliever Matt Schneider, was more than enough to give Bemidji its sixth victory in nine outings.

"Ryan Stevens was very, very, very good tonight. He threw strikes and dominated the hitters," said Legion coach Mike Fogelson. "And, collectively as a group, everybody was involved and did a nice job."

Perham managed to move a runner as far as second only three times in the game and none of the three reached third. Gavin Biegler doubled to start the game but Stevens retired the next three hitters without incident.

A pop fly lost in the sun enabled Ben Brill to gain second with one out in the second but a pair of strikeouts ended that threat.

The other Perham batter to advance to second was Brad Ellingson who doubled with one out in the sixth. Schneider was able to wriggle out of that jam with the aid of an infield double-play.

For three innings it appeared that wasted opportunities would cost the Legion as well as it stranded runners at first and third in the second inning and first and second in the third.

Bemidji's fortunes turned in the fourth, however, as five consecutive batters reached with two down in the frame and four of them scored.

Booster Russ started the rally by walking and Stevens, Jeremiah Graves and Matt Hietala followed with singles. Collin Leif delivered the killing blow when he smashed a 2-run triple to center.

Bemidji upped its lead to 5-0 in the fifth when Mason Bellew beat out a high chopper to third , Tyler Tatro doubled and Solheim belted a sacrifice fly to deep right.

The home team ended matters with five runs in the sixth. The inning started with Schneider's solid single to left and ended with Kris Berndt's walkoff RBI single to right. In between were Graves' double, Hietala's single, a pair of walks and a throwing error.

Leif led the 14-hit attack with a double and a triple. Graves contributed a double and a single while Hietala and Bellew had a pair of singles.

Bemidji returns to action tonight when it hosts Nisswa in a doubleheader at the BSU diamond. The first game is set for a 5 p.m. start.

First Game

Perham 000 000 - 0 4 1

Bemidji 000 415 - 10 14 1

Miller (L), Altstadt (4) and Brill. K-2, BB-5

Stevens (W), Schneider (6) and Leif. K-8, BB-1

Second Game

Perham 150 004 0 - 12 15 2

Bemidji 710 030 0 - 11 14 3

Langlie (W) and Stoll

Russ, Bellew (3, L), Graves (6) and Leif

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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