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ALEXANDRIA -- A three-run eighth inning lifted the Bemidji Post 14 American Legion baseball team past Perham, 7-5, in a Sub-State 14 winner’s bracket semifinal Friday in Alexandria. The top-seeded Centaurs (19-5) trailed No. 4 Perham by as many as four runs after the top of the seventh. Bemidji scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the deficit to one as Ben Thoma’s RBI single narrowed the gap to 5-4.
ALEXANDRIA -- To say the Bemidji American Legion Post 14 baseball team had an offensive explosion Thursday morning would be an understatement. The top-seeded Centaurs (18-5) rolled to a 29-1, seven-inning victory over No. 8 Thief River Falls in the first round of the Sub-State 14 playoffs in Alexandria. “Obviously, it’s not what you expect to go into,” Bemidji head coach Nate Blumhagen said. “But we’ll take it, that’s for sure.”
BEMIDJI -- Ben Thoma spends most summer days driving more than 25 miles each way from his home north of Bagley to Bemidji to pursue his passion -- baseball. One way or another, you are likely to find Thoma on a baseball diamond, whether with the American Legion Post 14 Centaurs or the amateur Blue Ox. “The drive isn’t the best part but it’s alway fun getting to play,” Thoma said.
MOORHEAD -- The Bemidji American Legion Post 14 baseball team wrapped up its regular season and clinched the conference title in the process by splitting a doubleheader at Moorhead Sunday afternoon. The Centaurs prevailed 4-3 in eight innings in the early game but dropped the late game 15-2 in five innings. Bemidji entered Sunday needing at least one win to secure the conference title over Moorhead and took care of business in the opening game of the twinbill.
EAST GRAND FORKS -- Despite a late seventh-inning surge, the Bemidji American Legion Post 14 baseball team could not escape East Grand Forks with a win Friday night, falling 5-3. The game had originally been scheduled for the back half of a doubleheader Tuesday night but was postponed due to storms in the East Grand Forks area. Bemidji won 5-4 in the rain-shortened first game Tuesday.
BEMIDJI -- Quality starts on the mound paved the way for the Bemidji American Legion Post 14 baseball team’s sweep of Fergus Falls in a doubleheader at the BSU baseball diamond Thursday night. Starters Ben Thoma and Caleb Carlson each went the distance and allowed only one run between them as the Centaurs won by scores of 1-0 and 5-1 to improve to 16-3 on the season.
EAST GRAND FORKS -- Despite letting a 3-0 lead slip away, the Bemidji American Legion Post 14 baseball team recovered to capture a 5-4, rain-shortened victory over East Grand Forks on Tuesday night. The game was called due to rain after six innings in what was originally scheduled to be a doubleheader. But the inclement weather also wiped out the second game Tuesday night.
LAKEVILLE -- The Bemidji American Legion Post 14 baseball team completed its run at the Gopher Classic in Lakeville Sunday by splitting its final two games. In a pair of one-run games, the Centaurs (13-3) defeated Omaha (Neb.) Roncalli 4-3 early Sunday morning before falling 2-1 to the Rochester A’s later in the morning. Bemidji finished the tournament at 3-2 but failed to advance out of the pool to Monday’s playoff round. Farmington won the Lakeville pool to stay alive in the tournament.
LAKEVILLE -- The Bemidji American Legion Post 14 baseball team caught fire late to topple its opponents from north of the border in a 10-1 pool-play win over the Saskatoon (Saskatchewan) Diamondbacks at the Gopher Classic in Lakeville Saturday afternoon. The Centaurs (12-2) put eight runs on the board in the final three innings of the shortened, six-inning game.
DETROIT LAKES -- Fifteen was the lucky number for the Bemidji Junior Legion baseball team Thursday evening in Detroit Lakes. The Woodpeckers swept Detroit Lakes by scores of 15-12 and 15-1 in a doubleheader. Bemidji, now 13-5 on the season, scored two in the first inning of game one and owned a 3-1 lead after the top of the second. However, Detroit Lakes put up a seven-spot in the bottom of the second to move ahead 8-3.