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By Pat Miller
Bemidji Pioneer 

Softball teams begin their section tournaments


The postseason is at hand for the area softball teams and Monday Red Lake visited Red Lake County Central in the No. 8 vs. No. 9 play-in game for North Sub-Section 8A.

That winner heads to Badger-Greenbush-Middle River today to tangle with top-seeded BGMR.

Also today No. 6 Blackduck visits No. 3 Lake of the Woods and No. 7 Kelliher-Northome travels to No. 2 Red Lake Falls.

In today’s other lower-bracket game No. 4 Northern Freeze will host No. 5 Indus.

Today’s winners head to BGMR Thursday for the sub-section semifinals and championship game.

Both semifinalists will travel to Lake of the Woods on June 1 along with the top two survivors of the South Sub-Section in the 8A final four. Elimination games will be played on June 1 and the championship game is set for June 2.

Among the teams trying to represent the South in the section championship series is Bagley which hosts Ada-Borup today. The Flyers are the fourth seed in the South while Ada-Borup is ranked fifth.

A win would send Bagley to Norman County East on Thursday.

Sacred Heart enters the postseason as the No. 1 team in 8A South.

Cass Lake-Bena and Laporte are in Section 6A and they will square off 3 p.m. today in Menahga. Laporte enters the tournament seeded No. 10 while the Panthers are No. 7. The winner will face No. 2 Menahga today at 4:30 p.m.

In last week’s regular-season finale, CL-B blanked Red Lake 14-0 and Autumn Brunelle pitched a no-hitter.

Hawley is ranked No. 1 in the North and Ashby is seeded first in the South.

The Blackduck baseball team split its last four games, losing 10-9 to Cass Lake-Bena and 10-6 to Fosston, the latter contest a week ago. In between those games the Drakes belted Red Lake 19-0 and Bagley 14-3.

Blackduck is 16-3 and has dropped to No. 6 in the state Class A poll.

Cass Lake-Bena is 14-3 after stopping Laporte 11-1 and Kelliher-Northome 6-2 last week. In the victory over Laporte Taylor Humphrey improved to 4-0 on the mound while Caleb Fisher and Jake Ellis each had three hits.

Wesley Moe collected his fifth pitching victory in the win over K-N.

On Monday the Panthers, who are riding a 10-game winning streak, and Blackduck met in Blackduck for the conference championship. Cass Lake-Bena was the South champion and Blackduck took the North crown.

The same teams squared off last year for the league title and CL-B prevailed.

Cass Lake-Bena seniors Chad Wittner, Brian Vail and Humphrey have each been with the team for four years and during that span the Panthers have gone 72-14-1.

In other area baseball action last week Red Lake (1-10) lost 19-0 to Blackduck, K-N (6-10) split four games, defeating Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 6-2 and Littlefork-BF 10-0 but losing 10-3 to Lake of the Woods and 6-2 to CL-B, Bagley (10-8) fell 14-3 to Blackduck, 7-3 to Northern Freeze and 6-3 to Fosston, and Laporte (2-11) lost 5-1 to WHA and 11-1 to Cass Lake-Bena.


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