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Baxter reached the final of the Cal Ripken state 11-year-old tournament Saturday with a 9-3 win over Waite Park. Bemidji stayed alive beating Thief River Falls 5-2 in the morning and ousting the East Twins of Maplewood 11-0 in four innings in the afternoon. Bemidji and Waite Park will meet at 11 a.m. this morning with the winner taking on Baxter at 1:30 for the title. Should Baxter lose, a second game would follow immediately. Baxter ran home five runs in its first at bat to take control of the winners' bracket final.
Perennial powers Baxter and Waite Park moved to the winners' bracket final in the Cal Ripken state 11-year-old tournament Friday. Playing at the Mark Evenson complex, the pair won their first two games and will clash at 1:30 today to determine one finalist. Losers bracket games at 11 pit the East Twins against Moorhead and Bemidji against Thief River Falls. Baxter toppled Moorhead 6-0 in its opener, then stopped Bemidji 10-4 in the second round.
The long dormant Bemidji Mudcats attack came alive Thursday night to bury Grand Rapids 16-6 in seven innings at the BSU diamond. It lifted the Cats to 3-5 in the Arrowhead League and 7-12 overall. They have a chance to reach .500 in league play Sunday when they host the Hibbing Miners in a 1 p.m. twinbill.
One swing of the bat brought a dramatic end to a 200 minute pitchers' duel Friday night as the Blue Ox shaded the Cass Lake Reds 2-1 at BSU. Landon Harris drove a first pitch fastball from Reds reliever Mike Hanson over the left center field fence to end a game that seemed destined to last until midnight. It was a classic mound duel from the start with college sophomores Matt Fossen (BSU) for the Ox and lefty Keenan Humphrey (Hamline) for the Reds matching deliveries. Fossen left after four but Humphrey worked the first eight (126 pitches), leaving behind 1-0. But his mates quickly tied th
The long missing Blue Ox offense came into full swing Sunday as it swept a twinbill from visiting Thief River Falls 11-3 and 9-3 in amateur baseball at the BSU diamond. It lifted Chris Conway's forces to 4-6 overall and 3-3 in the Norman-Polk's northern division. Thief River dropped to 5-5. Roseau and Warroad, minus games against each other, are 3-1 and 1-3. The next scheduled game for the Ox is July 8 hosting Cass Lake though that pair must still reschedule a rainout. Bemidji used the big inning to win both games. The Ox rammed home 10 runs in the first inning of the opener and eight in
After eight straight road games the Bemidji Blue Ox makes its home debut today, hosting the Cass Lake Reds in a nine-inning game at 6 p.m. at the BSU diamond. Bemidji's Class C amateur team brings a 2-6 record into play after going 1-2 at the Hibbing Invitational this weekend, beating the Grand Rapids Indians after losses to Hibbing's Miners and Cannon Falls, all Class B opponents. It is the first of two games with the Reds who will play here again July 8.
Bemidji's Pete Fenson rink puts its U.S. men's curling title on the line when the national event begins an eight-day stand today at Fargo. Fenson will open the nine-match round robin tonight at 8:30 facing Geoff Goodland of Eau Claire, Wis. Two rounds are scheduled Sunday, Monday and Wednes-day with single rounds on Tuesday and Thursday. Tiebreakers. if needed, are set for Thursday afternoon and evening with the opening round of the Page playoffs at noon Friday and the semifinals at 8.
For the second consecutive night, the Bemidji State men's basketball team held a double-digit lead in the second half Saturday. But unlike Friday, this time the Beavers were able to hold on for an 88-63 win over Minnesota-Crookston at the BSU gym. It was the 900th victory in the history of the Bemidji State men's basketball program. "The main difference was the energy level, the speed that we played at, and transitioning from offense to defense," said Beavers coach Matt Bowen. "We did a terrible job of that last night.
Minnesota State Moorhead pulled away from a 10-10 tie and cruised to a 74-46 victory over Bemidji State Friday night in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women's basketball season opener for both teams at the BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers (2-2, 0-1 NSIC) stayed with the Dragons for the first eight minutes of the game, but after that it was all Moorhead. The Dragons led 47-25 at the half. "It really got away from us," said Beavers coach Mike Curfman. "It was 18-14 with about 12 minutes to go in the half, then it was 37-20 with about six minutes left.
The Bemidji State men's basketball team opened Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play with a heart-breaking 60-58 loss to Minnesota State Moorhead Friday night at the BSU Gym. Despite having twice the field goal percentage in the first half, Bemidji State was able to build only a three-point lead going into the break. Moorhead was saved on the offensive glass, pulling down 15 offensive boards in the first half. "We played really well in spurts," said Beavers head coach Matt Bowen. "We did not execute in key moments in the game, on both ends, and it came back to bite us.