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BASEBALL: Centaurs drop walk-off loss, swept in tight double dip at Alexandria

It started well for the Bemidji American Legion Centaurs on Tuesday in Alexandria.

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Bemidji's Ty Lundeen hurls a pitch on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, in Alexandria.
Sam Stuve / Forum News Service
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ALEXANDRIA – It started well for the Bemidji American Legion Centaurs on Tuesday in Alexandria.

Rocketing out to a 5-0 lead in the first game against Alexandria, the Centaurs’ strong beginning looked to be an auspicious sign of things to come. But it was Alexandria who ultimately outlasted Bemidji, clawing back to a 7-6 walk-off win in the first game and controlling a 5-2 second game to sweep the two teams’ doubleheader.

Dan Clusiau, Will Zellmann and Ethan Biehn all had RBI singles in the first frame of the first game, giving the Centaurs a quick 4-0 advantage.

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Bemidji's Dan Clusiau prepares to hit on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, in Alexandria.
Sam Stuve / Forum News Service

But Alex’s offense awoke from there, scoring thrice in the third inning and twice in the fifth to tie the game 5-5.

The seventh inning would be pivotal, as Bemidji retook a 6-5 lead on Ty Lundeen’s RBI single. The Centaurs couldn’t score any more, though, and Alexandria made it hurt with two runs in the bottom of the frame to take home the victory.

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Ethan Biehn took the loss for Bemidji, going the distance with 6 1/3 innings pitched but allowing seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits.

Carrying over their momentum from the walk-off, Alex raced out to a quick 4-1 lead in the second game. Cam Justice’s RBI single in the fourth inning brought the Centaurs within two, but that was as close as they would get.

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Bemidji's Cam Justice pulls up to a base on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, in Alexandria.
Sam Stuve / Forum News Service

Lundeen was tagged with the loss for Bemidji, pitching the full six innings and allowing five runs (none earned) on five hits.

Now 6-3-1 this season, the Centaurs return home to face Fergus Falls in a doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, at the BSU baseball field.

Alexandria 7, Bemidji 6

BEM 410 000 1 – 6-10-2

ALX 003 020 2 – 7-10-1

WP: Schmidt (4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K)

LP: Biehn (CG, 6.1 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 7 K)

Alexandria 5, Bemidji 2

BEM 100 100 0 – 2-7-4

ALX 400 100 X – 5-5-3

WP: Levasseur (4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K)

LP: Lundeen (CG, 6 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K)

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