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Mudcats to host Decoys

The Bemidji Mudcats have the home field tonight, hosting the new Blackduck Decoys at 7 at BSU.

The Cats will be seeking to break a losing skid that reached five of the past six starts with losses to Nimrod and Luxemburg Saturday at Nimrod.

The team again struggled for bodies, taking only nine players of the 23-man roster to the games.

Missing were at least six regulars and several key reserves.

Doug Peterson (1-4) is listed for tonight's start.

Bemidji won the first meeting with the Decoys 11-3, overcoming an early 2-0 deficit with six runs in the sixth and five in the eighth.

Jesse Westbrook, who worked into the seventh, is a possible starter for the visitors.

The Decoys will face the Bemidji Blue Ox in a home-and-home set July 13 and 20.

The Mudcats swept their first two games this season at Nimrod by identical 11-0 scores.

But the Gnats proved far tougher in Saturday's opener, holding Bemidji to five hits to win 5-2.

Staples High All-State left hander Gunner Johnson went the route, fanning 14 and walking five.

Lefty Matt Stasch went the first four for Bemidji, allowing four runs, two earned, with Kevin Murphy finishing.

An error, hit batter and Paul Williams' single plated two in the first.

Hits by Aaron Funk and Dylan Shequin made it 3-0 the second. A walk and singles by Funk and Alex Brockphaler added a fourth run in the fourth.

Bemidji broke through in the fifth when Jeff Schaper walked and completed his journey on a pair of wild pitches and Brian Murphy's single.

The Cats added another in the sixth on a walk and Neil Huewe's two bagger.

Huewe and Kyle Figgins had two hits each for Bemidji. Williams and Funk had two for Nimrod. Stasch dropped to 2-1 with the setback.

Norland returns

Tyler Norland, who won the season opener, made his first mound appearance since that date in the nightcap and showed the effects of the long layoff.

He walked two but hit five batters in the 6-3 setback.

Luxemburg ran home three in the second on two walks, an error and three wild pitches.

Two more crossed in the fourth on two hit batters and two singles.

Bemidji matched this pair in the sixth when Huewe singled and Schaper homered.

The Cats loaded the bases before the inning ended but were unable to score again.

The Brewers scored in the sixth on two more hit batters and a single.

The Cats matched this in the seventh on a hit batter and hits by Norland and Huewe. But Brice Adelmeyer retired the final three batters to cement the win.

Huewe and Schaper had two hits in the Mudcats' eight hit attack. Luxemburg had only four with only three of its runs earned.

Mudcats 000-011-0---2--5--2

Nimrod 210-101-x---5--7--1

Stasch (2-1), K. Murphy (5) and Huewe

Johnson and Funk

Mudcats 000-021-0---3--8--1

Luxemburg 030-201-x---6--4--2

Norland (1-1) and Huewe

Adelmeyer and Harren