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Blue Ox open year with two impressive victories

BEMIDJI - Ryan Sander and Matt Schneider combined on a no-hitter to vault the Bemidji Blue Ox men's amateur baseball team to a 10-0 victory Saturday at Staples in the team's season-opener.

Sander pitched seven innings to earn the victory. He and Schneider teamed for 10 strikeouts and three walks.

On Sunday the Blue Ox opened its conference schedule with a 12-2 win over Nevis.

Bemidji has moved to a new league this summer, switching from the Norman-Polk Conference to the Northeast Division of the Lake and Pine Conference. The team continues to play in the state's Class C ranks.

Joining the Blue Ox in the division are Nevis, Cass Lake and Leech Lake. Among the Lake and Pine Conference teams in the other divisions are Verndale, Sebeka, Midway, Red Eye, Wolf Lake, Nimrod and Huntersville.