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Bemidji VFW ousted from state tourney

MANKATO - Bemidji couldn't find any offense during Thursday's VFW baseball state tournament in Mankato. And unfortunately for the Vets, that power outage came at the worst possible time.

They were shut out in both games, ousting them from the double-elimination tournament.

The Vets fell to Marshall 2-0 in the first game and lost to Alexandria 10-0 in six innings in the second game.

"We got blanked out in the state tournament," Bemidji coach Dan Bennett said. "There's not much you can do when you don't score any runs."

The Vets had a total of six hits in the two games - three against Marshall and three against Alexandria.

In the first game, Bemidji was in the game the entire time. Marshall scored single runs in the first and seventh innings and held on for the win.

But in the second game, Alexandria knocked around Bemidji pitching and starting pitcher Parker Bowden silenced the Vets' hitters to do the rest.

Alexandria scored two runs in the first inning off Bemidji pitcher Brady Eckman to go up 2-0 in their losers' bracket game.

Eckman rallied and held Alexandria scoreless in the second inning, but the wheels came off in the third, as Alexandria scored six runs in the inning and chased Eckman before he could finish.

In all, Eckman gave up 8 runs in 2 2/3 innings of work; he struck out two and walked two.

Gabe Salander pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief for the Vets and Ben Revering threw another to relieve him.

Alexandria tacked on single runs in the fourth and sixth, the latter of which game them the walk-off run-shortened victory.

"We didn't play very well today," Bennett said. "We had probably four errors and they hit the ball well."

Bemidji only managed three hits in the game. Collin Rutledge doubled while Tyler Geerdes and Austin Weidemann each singled.

Marshall 2, VFW 0

Bemidji dropped its opening game 2-0 to Marshall.

The VFW offense was limited to two hits, singles by Daniel Johnson in the fifth and Seth Anderson in the sixth. On two occasions the Vets advanced runners to third base but neither could score.

"It was a well-played game by both teams," Bennett said. "We hit a bunch of 'at-em' balls and didn't have an error. I don't think we lost the game as much as Marshall won it."

Marshall took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a walk, stolen base and triple. Marshall tallied an insurance run in the seventh on a walk and a double.

In the lower first Rutledge was hit by a pitch, Parker Lucas bunted him to second, Seth Anderson walked and a fielder's choice put runners on the corners. But the opportunity ended with a strikeout.

Johnson singled and advanced to third in the fifth but he was stranded after a groundout.

Rutledge went the distance on Bemidji's mound and allowed only four hits. He struck out five and walked four.

State Tournament

Opening Round

Marshall 2, Bemidji 0

Marshall 100 000 1 - 2 4 0

Bemidji 000 000 0 - 0 2 0

Sharbonu (W) and Werpy. K-4, BB-2

Rutledge (L) and Revering. K-5, BB-4

Losers' Bracket

Alexandria 10, Bemidji 0 (6 innings)

Bemidji 000 000 - 0 3 4

Alexandria 206 101 - 10 10 0

Eckman (L), Salander (3), Revering (6) and Revering, Weidemann (6).

Bowden (W) and Thompson.