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Bemidji's Legion team improved to 9-1 Tuesday when it swept Little Falls 9-0 and 10-3 at the BSU diamond. Jeremiah Graves went the distance in the opener and worked the first inning of the rematch. Ryan Stevens relieved in the second and was awarded the pitching victory. Bemidji' offense scored in each inning of the second game. Tyler Follis tripled home Collin Leif in the opening stanza and Nick Conner's double and Leif's sacrifice fly produced two in the second.
The Bemidji VFW baseball team finished 3-1 at this weekend's tournament in Grand Forks and will take a 7-3 record into Wednesday's doubleheader at Fergus Falls. Monday's twinbill at Detroit Lakes was postponed until July 8 because of standing water on the diamond. After opening the tournament with Friday's 9-0 victory over Fargo and 12-1 win over East Grand Forks the Vets stumbled on Saturday, losing 12-4 to Grand Forks Blues. Bemidji's defense committed four errors while the offense managed only seven hits.
Friday's loss to St. Cloud 76ers in the second game of the St. Cloud tournament dropped the Bemidji Legion baseball team into the loser's bracket of the three-day event. As the high school team did during the Section 8-3A meet, however, Bemidji never looked back as a win on Saturday plus three more on Sunday gave the Legion the tournament championship. "I've never coached a team that had to play three games in one day," said Legion coach Mike Fogelson.
Trent Baker allowed only three hits in seven innings on the mound to lead the Bemidji Legion team to a 7-1 victory over Holdingford Friday afternoon in the opening round of the St.
Bemidji's VFW baseball team moved into the winner's division of this weekend's Grand Forks Invitational as the Vets posted a pair of Friday victories. In its opener Bemidji blanked the Fargo Expos 9-0 and the Vets followed that win with a 12-1 triumph over East Grand Forks. In the win over Fargo the VFW broke a scoreless game with a single run in the fourth. Billy Baumgartner began the rally with a single and eventually scored on Drew Peterson's sacrifice fly. Bemidji settled the issue with five in the fifth.
Each spring DNR officials and volunteers travel throughout the state's ruffed grouse range listening for the sounds of the season. And this year the sounds emanated from every direction. Minnesota's grouse population trends are calculated, at least in part, by the number of drums that are heard during the annual 10-mile rides through the grouse range.
The Bemidji Legion baseball team opened its summer season in style Monday as it swept Nisswa 11-1 and 1-0 in a doubleheader at BSU. The core of the team is comprised of players from the high school squad which advanced to last week's Class 3-A state tournament. A potent offense and quality pitching were the hallmarks of the Lumberjacks this spring and those facets of the game were evident again Monday night. Trent Baker went the distance on the mound in the opener and allowed only six hits and three walks in his six innings of work.
The stay at the state tournament may have been brief but the positives of making it to the Twin Cities after a 20-year hiatus should influence the Bemidji baseball team for years to come. "This group of seniors has left a mark on the program," said BHS coach Mike Fogelson following Friday's 7-6 loss to Eden Prairie in the consolation semifinals. These seniors took us to state and led us to a school banner. It is the job of the next class of guys to take us further.
Cody Wind of Cass Lake-Bena finished in a tie for 15th place at the state Class A boys golf tournament at Pebble Creek Golf Course near Becker which concluded Thursday. Wind shot 78 during Wednesday's first round and followed that score with Thursday's 82. His 36-hole total of 160 was good for a 15th-place tie with Adam Nickel of Springfield. Matt Chalberg of Trinity was the Class A medalist as the senior shot 74-72-146. Aaron Forgaard of Faribault-BA was second with a 149. Randhal Johnson of Cass Lake-Bena finished in a tie for 58th with scores of 89-90-179.
Heading into the state tournament the Bemidji baseball team was playing as well as it had all season. The Lumberjacks were riding high after coming through the loser's bracket to capture the 8-3A title and they were eager to continue the ride at the state tournament. Unfortunately, the road to a hoped-for state championship took a detour Thursday morning as BHS hit a major speed bump after losing 13-0 to Burnsville in the first round. The setback dropped the Lumberjacks into Friday's consolation bracket at Dick Siebert Field on the University of Minnesota campus and a 10 a.m.