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BHV Legion nine bows to Park Rapids

Photo by Brittin Roberts Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Legion hurler Ethan Bakken delivers a pitch as first baseman Austin Selvey looks on during a June 23 doubleheader with Wadena-Deer Creek.

Cory Odland went 4-for-5 and drove in three runs Tuesday night as the Park Rapids Legion whipped Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 9-5.

Park Rapids grabbed a 4-0 lead after two innings but BHV battled back to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth. A three-run fifth frame put Park Rapids on top for good.

Steve Riewer's club came up with 10 hits. Patrick Riewer went 3-for-3 and scored twice. Jared Hoemberg drove in three runs with two safeties. Dustin Motschenbacher went 2-for-4.

The BHV crew used four pitchers in the game with starter Matt Fretham taking the loss.

The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Legion racked up championship honors in the seventh annual Perham Wood Bat Tournament last weekend at Krueger Field in Perham.

The BHV Legion squad opened tournament play against Red Lake County and tacked up an 8-3 victory. Coming off a Final Four appearance in the Class A state tournament, Red Lake County grabbed a 3-0 lead only to see BHV rally for a 4-3 lead in the fifth on five free passes, three wild pitches and a hit batsman.

Riewer's club tacked on four more runs in the sixth. A Red Lake error and a walk set up a sacrifice fly. Two more walks loaded the sacks and Patrick Riewer delivered a triple that broke the game open and led to an 8-3 victory. Riewer was also credited with the mound win.

The BHV club parlayed 11 hits into a 12-2 victory over Thief River Falls in the second round. Ethan Bakken had a two-run suicide squeeze bunt and finished the game with four ribbies. Riewer joined Dakota Aeling, Jared Hoemberg and Dustin Motschenbacher with two safeties. Aeling and Motschenbacher teamed up to silence the Thief River bats.

BHV squared off with a good Otter Tail Central team in the finals and notched a 6-5 win.

The game was a ragged one with the two teams combining for nine errors.

The game was tied at 4-all after seven but BHV grabbed the lead for good in the eighth. Playing under international rules, Travis Eckel was posted at second to start the inning. Aeling reached when he was hit by a pitch. Austin Selvey put down a bunt but OTC retired Eckel at third. Riewer then doubled for a 5-4 advantage. Hoemberg put down a two-out squeeze bunt to add another run.

In the bottom half of the inning OTC mounted a serious threat when a passed ball moved their lead-off runner to third. Mike Mousseau's catch in right retired the first OTC batter of the inning but allowed the run to score. Aeling, the fourth pitcher of the game for BHV, notched back-to-back strikeouts to end the game.

Riewer's team swept Park Rapids 11-4 and 8-2 June 21 and split with Wadena-Deer Creek June 23 winning 11-0 in five innings before losing 6-5.