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BASEBALL: Centaurs sweep again, coupled with another extra-inning win

The Bemidji American Legion baseball team keeps winning every which way.

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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.

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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)

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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)

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