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The season came to an abrupt end for the Bemidji Legion baseball team Tuesday as it dropped both sub-district starts in Brainerd. After losing a heart-breaker to Nisswa 2-1 in the afternoon the Legion fell 10-9 to Brainerd in Tuesday's late elimination game. Brainerd, which entered the four-team tournament as the top seed, had lost to No. 4 Little Falls 6-3 in Tuesday's other first-round contest. Nisswa, ranked second, scored single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to nip No.
As the puck dropped and squirted into the corner to start the 1986 state high school hockey tournament's first-round game between Bemidji and Hibbing, George Pelawa and the Bluejacket defenseman raced to gain control. The Hibbing player was the first to reach the puck and Pelawa, instead of trying to stick-handle it away, lowered his shoulder and delivered the blow. To no one's surprise the defenseman flew into the air and crashed to the ice.
If the Bemidji Legion baseball team is to qualify for the district tournament it will have to do so by going through the loser's bracket. Tuesday in the opening-round of sub-district play at Brainerd the Legion lost 2-1 to Nisswa. The setback bounced Bemidji into the loser's bracket and Tuesday's late elimination contest against the loser of Tuesday afternoon's game between Brainerd and Little Falls. The loser of that game was eliminated while the winner survived and will play at 3 p.m.
A busy week of baseball began on a positive note Tuesday as the VFW swept a home doubleheader against Detroit Lakes. The Vets dominated the opener and cruised to an 8-1 victory. The nightcap was even more one-sided as a 10-run second inning carried Bemidji to an 11-3 triumph. Trent Baker was given the pitching nod in the first game and he responded with a workmanlike performance that produced 11 strikeouts in five innings.
With the regular season concluded the Bemidji Legion baseball team turns its attention to the double-elimination sub-district meet which begins today in Brainerd. Bemidji was given the third seed in the four-team sub-section and will tangle with No. 2 Nisswa at noon. Today's 4:30 p.m. game matches top-rated Brainerd against No. 4 Little Falls. The first-round survivors advance to the winner's bracket semifinal which will be played at noon on Wednesday. That winner will earn a trip to next week's district meet and be awarded the sub-district's No.
The final week of the VFW's regular season will be a busy one as the Vets play eight games in five days.
The Bemidji Legion baseball team compiled a .351 team batting average on way to a 20-12 overall record while its pitching staff posted a 4.39 ERA. "Our team batting average was solid," said Legion coach Mike Fogelson. "We also were solid defensively with 41 errors but our pitchers need to throw fewer balls and walk fewer batters if we hope to go long into the tournaments." Among players with at least 15 plate appearances, Cody Rutledge leads the attack with a .452 average and joining him with a mark over .400 is Zach Solheim who is hitting at a .403 pace. Hitting at least .300 are Cody Je
The Bemidji Legion baseball team is preparing for the district tournament which starts Tuesday by playing in the Gopher Classic and Bemidji will take a 1-2 tournament record into today's final day of pool play. Only the champion of each pool will advance to Monday's tournament quarterfinals and with a 1-2 record after three games Bemidji is not likely to earn that spot. Friday the Legion downed Minot 9-1 and lost to North St. Paul by the same score. Saturday Bemidji dropped an 8-inning 10-9 decision to Rochester Redhawks. Today sees the Legion facing Centennial at 2 p.m.
When Savannah Osborn graduated from Bemidji High School in 2007 she listed boxing as one of her hobbies. Monday, Osborn will showcase that hobby as she competes in the USA Boxing National Championships in Colorado Springs. Preliminary round action will continue through Wednesday and the semifinal rounds begin Thursday.
Alyshia Moe will be in Gillette, Wyo. July 18-24 for the 62nd annual National High School Rodeo Association Finals. Moe, a freshman at Bemidji High School, earned her trip by winning the barrel racing and finishing third at the pole bending competitions at the state High School Rodeo Association meet this spring in Hugo. Alyshia was introduced to rodeo and horses at an early age. Her mother, Diane, also competes in rodeo and, at times, even races against her daughter. "Rodeo is a family affair," Diane said.