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Blue Ox, Mudcats continue quests for state tournament

The Norman-Polk League dominated the opening weekend of the Region 9A baseball playoffs, each winning twice to advance to the winners'-bracket final Saturday at 4 p.m.

The Norman-Polk League dominated the opening weekend of the Region 9A baseball playoffs, each winning twice to advance to the winners'-bracket final Saturday at 4 p.m.

The Ox stopped Dumont 9-3 and Canby 5-3.

Ada won over Montevideo 5-3 and Rosen 8-3.

Canby had taken its opener 11-1 over Chokio while Rosen turned back Morris.

Losers'-bracket openers Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. match Chokio with Dumont and Montevideo with Morris. Those winners clash at 6:30 p.m. following the Bemidji-Ada game.

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The loser of that game faces the 6:30 p.m. winner Sunday at 1 p.m. with the title game to follow at 3:30 p.m. Both teams move to the state meet.

Garrison Harris went the route in the opener Saturday fanning 14 and walking two.

Bemidji unleashed a 14-hit assault.

It opened with a run in the second on Landon Harris' double and a single by Josh Kelsey.

Three more crossed in the second on singles by Garrison Harris and Chris Conway around two-baggers by Bryan Jamieson and Joel Conway.

Dumont cut the margin to 4-3 in the fifth on a single and double around a walk but Harris slammed the door thereafter.

And the Ox gave him ample breathing room with their five-run seventh,

Garrison Harris doubled and singles by Duane Biehn, Jamieson and Landon Harris, a walk and Chris Conway's single completed the damage.

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The Harris brothers led the attack with three hits. Jamieson and the Conway brothers each had two. Bemidji played errorless ball.

Sunday was Landon Harris Day.

The first baseman stroked two home runs, the second coming in the eighth to open a 5-2 lead which held up.

Jamieson went the first eight to get his second win, fanning three and walking one. Garrison Harris finished.

Bemidji took a 1-0 lead in the second on Harris' leadoff homer. Joel Conway and Kelsey followed with singles but were stranded.

Gritmacker then held the Ox in check until the eighth.

Canby tied the score in the fourth on a double, walk and fielder's choice and took a 2-1 lead in the seventh on a pair of singles.

But in the eighth Sol Schneider walked and was sacrificed to second. Garrison Harris cashed him with a single to tie the score.

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With two outs, Jamieson singled and Harris followed with his three-run blast for the win.

Haugen opened the last of the ninth with a home run and a hit and walk followed before Garrison Harris recorded the final out.

Landon Harris and Chris Conway led the Blue Ox attack with two hits. Four others had one.

Ada has beaten the Ox in all three meetings this summer but by a combined total of four runs.

Coach Chris Conway will have his full mound staff available with Matt Fossen, Landon Harris, Ryan Sullivan and Matt Schneider ready to join Garrison Harris and Jamieson, if needed.

Blue Ox 013-000-500---9--14--0

Dumont 000-030-000---3-- 5---2

G. Harris (5-1) and C. Conway

Adelman and Lampe

Blue Ox 010-000-040---5--8--0

Canby 000-100-101---3--7--0

Jamieson (2-2), G. Harris (9) and C. Conway

Gritmacker and Nemitz

Arrowhead champion Duluth and the Bemidji Mudcats advanced from the Region 8B playoffs this weekend to next weekend's Super Sectional meets.

The unbeaten Xpress stopped Bemidji 16-7 and 10-1 after barely getting past Grand Rapids 6-5.

The Mudcats won their opener over Nashwauk 6-1, then ended Grand Rapids' season 2-1 in 10 innings to reach the final.

Under the new playoff format, the pair advance to separate meets this weekend.

Bemidji will play at Miesville Friday at 8:30 p.m. while Elko goes against the Mankato Twins.

The winners and losers square off Saturday in the double-elimination affair with the title game Sunday.

Duluth goes against Prior Lake Friday at Dundas while Burnsville faces the Austin Greyhounds. That, too, is a double-elimination affair.

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