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Bruhn keys Legion's 7-1 playoff win

Chris Bruhn threw a two-hitter in leading the Park Rapids American Legion baseball team to a 7-1 win over Bemidji in the first round of the Northern Subdistrict 6 double-elimination tournament.

Chris Bruhn threw a two-hitter in leading the Park Rapids American Legion baseball team to a 7-1 win over Bemidji in the first round of the Northern Subdistrict 6 double-elimination tournament.

Bruhn gave up a single in the fifth and a double in the ninth in going the distance. Bruhn walked two and struck out six while allowing only one run in Park Rapids' final home game of the season.

Bemidji scored its lone run in the third inning when Derek Lofgren walked, moved to third on a sacrifice and passed ball, and scored on a sacrifice fly.

Park Rapids took the lead for good by scoring three times in the bottom of the third inning. Cody Schirmers led off with a walk and scored on Tom Juberian's double. After advancing to third on Kevin Vaadeland's grounder, Juberian scored on an error after being caught in a rundown on a grounder by Cody Boterman. A throwing error on that play enabled Boterman to advance to third. Bruhn's infield single plated Boterman as the Legion led 3-1.

The Legion then added single runs in four of the next five innings to seal the win.

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In the fourth, Dylan Walsh scored on Schirmers' double.

Vaadeland led off the fifth with a single and stolen base and scored singles by Bruhn and Dylan Stenberg.

Vaadeland led off the seventh with a solo home run to give Park Rapids a 6-1 lead.

Kevin McMorrow led off the eighth with a walk and stolen base and scored the final run on an error.

Schirmers, Vaadeland and Bruhn contributed two hits each to Park Rapids' nine-hit attack. The win gave the Legion an 8-15 record while Bemidji fell to 12-17.

In Tuesday's other subdistrict playoff game, No. 3 Nisswa edged No. 6 Aitkin 10-8 at Nisswa.

In Wednesday's playoff games at Little Falls, Little Falls edged Park Rapids 7-6 in the winners' bracket before Park Rapids eliminated Aitkin with an 11-3 victory. At Brainerd, Brainerd defeated Nisswa 8-5 in the winners' bracket while Bemidji stayed alive with a 6-5 victory over Nisswa in an elimination game.

Pelican Rapids prevails in marathon

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The Legion closed out the regular season with a 2-1 loss in 10 innings to Pelican Rapids Monday night.

Neither team scored after the first inning of this scheduled seven-inning game until Pelican Rapids pushed across the winning run in the 10th inning.

Park Rapids tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first inning when Schirmers walked, stole second and scored when Bruhn's two-out fly ball to center was dropped.

That was all the offense Park Rapids managed as the Legion was held to only four hits in the game. The Legion drew seven walks and had three batters hit by pitches, but stranded 12 runners on base.

Park Rapids had several scoring chances, but couldn't produce the clutch hit.

Mitch Long singled and stole second with one out in the second, but was left stranded.

Juberian doubled with one out in the third, but didn't advance.

Paul Dirks walked and Long singled with one out in the fourth. Dirks was thrown out trying to score on Walsh's grounder back to the pitcher and Brandon Gartner was hit by a pitch, but Park Rapids left the bases loaded.

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Juberian walked to lead off the fifth and advanced to third on a stolen base and wild pitch, but was tagged out during a rundown.

In the sixth, Long and Stenberg walked but were stranded.

Park Rapids also left two runners on base in the seventh when Juberian reached on a wild pitch after striking out and Boterman was hit by a pitch.

In the ninth, Schirmers was hit by a pitch, Juberian singled and Danny Pike walked with no outs. But a short fly ball and a double play on a liner to short ended that threat.

Boterman went the distance for Park Rapids, scattering 13 hits and striking out five.

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