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Mudcats split with G.Rapids

The Bemidji Mudcats divided their final regular season games Saturday, splitting a doubleheader at Grand Rapids.

The games made up two previous postponements when the Indians were unable to field a team.

The two rainouts at Hibbing cannot be made up with the Region 6B tournament opening here Friday.

Bemidji ended its league season 10-4. Overall, the Cats are 20-16.

Duluth was 8-3 at last report but has likely played several games since.

The Rapids was 3-10 with three games unreported.

The regional has been restructured with Nashwauk withdrawing due to a lack of players.

Hibbing and Grand Rapids are playing a best-of-three series to join Bemidji, Duluth and Blaine.

Bemidji will play the winner of that series at 5:30 p.m. Friday with Blaine and Duluth playing the nightcap.

Play will continue Saturday.

Bemidji caught the Rapids without ace Tyler Blomberg who has been signed by the Duluth Huskies of the Northwoods Collegiate League.

They rode the five-hit hurling of Paul Fenner to a 7-1 win in the opener.

Two runs came in the third on a single by Doug Peterson, a walk and one-baggers by Neil Huewe, Kyle Figgins and A.J. Johnson.

Three walks and Huewe's single produced one in the fourth.

Four more crossed in the fifth on doubles by Johnson, Fenner and Peterson and Brent Magnuson's home run.

Fenner fanned four and walked three in raising his record to 4-2.

Peterson and Johnson had three hits and Huewe two in the 12-hit Bemidji attack.

Second game

Josh Cleveland and Erik Hovet combined on a seven-hitter in the nightcap, won by the Rapids 3-1.

Peterson pitched the route for Bemidji, fanning none and walking one while allowing seven hits.

All three Rapids runs came in the second.

The Indians never threatened seriously again. But Bemidji was unable to generate an attack, with only one runner getting as far as second base.

Magnuson and Jon Clark each had two hits for Bemidji.

First Game

Bemidji 002 140 0 - 7 12 1

Grand Rapids 001 000 0 - 1 5 0

Fenner (4-2) and Clark

Schmitz (L), Cournoyer (4), R. Graupman (6) and R, Graupman, Kleinendorst (6)

Second Game

Bemidji 001 000 0 - 1 7 1

Grand Rapids 030 000 x - 3 7 0

Peterson (2-5) and Clark

Cleveland, Hovet (3) and Kleinendorst