BASEBALL: Centaurs sweep again, coupled with another extra-inning win
The Bemidji American Legion baseball team keeps winning every which way.
EAST GRAND FORKS – The Bemidji American Legion baseball team keeps winning every which way.
One night after a doubleheader sweep in Bemidji that featured an extra-inning victory, the Centaurs did it again on Wednesday in East Grand Forks. This time, they run-ruled EGF 10-0 in the first game before winning 7-5 in an eight-inning second game. The second win was the Centaurs' sixth straight, powering their season record to 12-3-1.
Cam Justice was the star of game one, collecting four hits in four plate appearances to power Bemidji’s offense. The Centaurs took an early 1-0 lead after the first inning, but really broke the game open in frames four and five.
In the fourth, Bemidji got the scoring started with Ben Corradi’s two-run triple. Corradi scored on Hunter Brodina’s fielder’s choice, then Brodina scored on Justice’s RBI double.
Up 5-0 entering the fifth, the Centaurs doubled the deficit to ensure a short game. Peyton Neadeau plated Ethan Biehn with a sacrifice fly, then Brodina scored Landon Hanson on a bunt single. Justice doubled in two more, and Dan Clusiau capped the scoring with an RBI single to center.
Clusiau then turned around and closed it out on the mound, finishing a stellar five-inning complete game with no runs allowed on just two hits – plus eight strikeouts – to earn the win.
In game two, Bemidji’s eighth-inning surge made the difference. Tied 4-4 entering extras, the Centaurs scored three runs in the top of the eighth, giving them some breathing room to close out their second victory. Biehn plated Ty Lundeen on a sac fly, then Hanson singled home Clusiau. Neadeau scored Hanson on an RBI double to give Bemidji a 7-4 lead.
That was plenty of cushion for Biehn, who closed it out in the bottom of the frame and picked up the win.
Bemidji next faces Perham in a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6, in Perham.
Bemidji 10, East Grand Forks 0
BEM 100 45 – 10-14-0
EGF 000 00 – 0-2-1
WP: Clusiau (CG, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K)
LP: Hans (4.2 IP, 14 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 1 BB, 0 K)
Bemidji 7, East Grand Forks 5
BEM 010 110 13 – 7-8-3
EGF 000 300 11 – 5-6-1
WP: Biehn (2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K)