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VFW set to begin second half of season

The second half of the VFW baseball season begins today when Bemidji entertains Moorhead in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.

Today's games represent the start of a busy two weeks as the Vets will play 14 games in 11 days. Another doubleheader with Moorhead, a makeup of an earlier postponement, also is likely to be scheduled during this time frame.

The VFW is 9-3 and 8-0 among teams in its district. Bemidji has been off since hosting East Grand Forks last Wednesday.

"After the games against East Grand Forks I told the kids to enjoy the weekend, enjoy the Fourth of July and enjoy their families. But Tuesday it was time to return to practice and get back into the baseball routine," said VFW coach Brad Johnson.

The coach is pleased with the season and how his players have responded to the challenges.

"I couldn't have asked for a better group of kids to work with," Johnson said. "They work hard. They listen. They want to be sponges when it comes to baseball.

"All of the kids have a passion for the game and are developing as players," the coach continued. "It's nice to see how much they all want to improve."

Johnson plans to work all of his pitchers into the rotation and today's probable starters are Trent Baker and Ryan Hirt.

"The next two weeks will be solid baseball for us," Johnson said. "We'll find out how we stand in terms of the district baseball teams. Right now we are 8-0 against district competition but we had some lucky victories along the way.

"This final stretch of games will tell us where we stand," the coach added.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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