Blues pound Bemidji out of Sub State tournament
PERHAM — A Drew Anderson grand slam fueled a nine-run fourth inning as the Moorhead Blues eliminated Bemidji 17-6 in seven innings at the Minnesota Sub State 14 American Legion baseball tournament.
Anderson was 4-5 with three singles, the grand slam, two runs scored and seven RBIs to lead the Blues.
“We pitched strikes and put a lot on the board,” Anderson said. “It was a good day of baseball.”
Moorhead’s leadoff hitter Preston Kraiter and Jason England scored on an Anderson first-inning single to give the Blues an early 2-0 lead.
Bemidji answered with a five-run third inning batting around the order and taking their only lead of the game at 5-2 on runs by Erik Fitzgerald, Parker Lucas, Collin Rutledge and Connor McNallan.
Tony Geerdes had a two-RBI single to plate Rutledge and McNallan.
Bemidji’s lead disappeared in the Blues’ fourth inning barrage that sent 14 men to the plate.
Brett Erickson’s two-RBI double plated Anderson and Jared Benson to pull within a run 5-4. Kraiter recorded a two-run RBI single scoring Eli Johnson and Brett Erickson to go up 6-5. Kraiter scored the game-winner on a bases-loaded walk to Mike Wiesmann.
Anderson stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and brought home England, Schroeder, Wiesmann and Anderson’s run put Moorhead up for good 11-5.
England was 3-4 - three singles, one RBI, a walk and he scored four times in the game.
Moorhead scored three times in the fifth and sixth innings to just one answer from Bemidji - James Hendricks doubled and scored in the fifth on a passed ball.
Schroeder picked up the victory pitching five innings, allowing six runs, one earned. He walked and fanned five batters. Shane Steckler cleaned up the final two innings for Moorhead.
Matt Morgan took the loss for Bemidji.
Moorhead, the top seed in the tournament, moves on to face the loser of the championship semifinal between defending champions No. 4 Alexandria and No. 7 Fergus Falls.
Fergus Falls is looking for their third straight upset.
Moorhead has won three straight games since an opening round 2-1 loss to No. 8 Detroit Lakes.
“That was just an ugly game all around, said Anderson. “We made it tough on ourselves, but we have the pitching staff to do it.”
The Blues opened Saturday’s play with a 17-8 victory over Perham.
Bemidji advanced by knocking out Detroit Lakes 12-8.
Fergus Falls and Alexandria play Saturday night at 7 p.m.
Sunday’s elimination game against Moorhead is scheduled for 1 p.m., with the final being played at 4 p.m.
MHD 200 933 0 — 17 16 3
BEM 005 010 0 — 6 8 1
MHD: Zach Schroeder (WP), Steckler and Tyler Oberg.
BEM: Matt Morgan (LP), Tom Revering, Connor McNallan and Revering.
Grand Slam: Drew Anderson - MHD
Two-run HR: Zach Schroeder - MHD