AMATEUR BASEBALL: Bucks' season comes to an end
HIBBING -- The Bemidji Bucks' season came to end last weekend as they went 1-2 in the Section 6B Minnesota Baseball Association Tournament at Nyberg Field in Hibbing.
HIBBING - The Bemidji Bucks’ season came to end last weekend as they went 1-2 in the Section 6B Minnesota Baseball Association Tournament at Nyberg Field in Hibbing.
The Bucks were the No. 4 seed in the four-team tournament and went up against the top-seeded Moorhead Brewers in the first game on Friday.
The Bucks went up 1-0 after to the top of the first, but the Brewers answered with a barrage of hits and runs as they went on to win 22-2.
Bemidji then took on Twin Ports, who lost to the Duluth Xpress 14-8 on Friday, in an elimination game on Saturday. The Bucks pitched much better with a 2-0 win to eliminate the No. 2 seed.
Nolan Coyle pitched a complete game shutout as he gave up seven hits and five walks while striking out seven.
Coyle got what ended up being the game-winning hit in the sixth with a two-out RBI single to score Mason Bellew. Steven Prichard would score in the next at-bat when Tyler Nelson knocked him in with a RBI single of his own.
The Bucks season would end later Saturday night when they lost 6-2 to the Xpress in what was not only an elimination game, but a game to decide who would be the No. 2 team to advance to MBA State Tournament.
Prichard hit a solo home run in the fifth while Bellew hit a RBI double in seventh, but it wasn’t enough to keep Bemidji’s season alive.
Moorhead defeated Duluth 11-1 earlier on Saturday to force the Xpress and Bucks game. The Brewers won the Section 6B Tournament.
Both Moorhead and Duluth advance to the MBA State Tournament, which starts Thursday in Watkins and in Cold Spring.