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Bemidji youth baseball team in the mix to win a national championship

It's the equivalent of the Little League World Series, but for 13 year olds.

A bandwagon worth jumping on this week is the one following a youth baseball team from Bemidji that won it's way all the way to a national tournament in Arkansas. 

The Bemidji Northern Heat, a team of 13-year-old boys, won the Midwest Plains Regional Championship in Chadron, Nebraska last weekend to earn a trip to play in the Babe Ruth World Series in Mountain Home, Arkansas. 

It's basically the equivalent to the Little League World Series, which gets a lot more attention because of ESPN's covered. The LLWS features teams with kids ages 10-12. 

The Babe Ruth World Series features two divisions, and the top three teams from each division advance to the national championship bracket. 

Bemidji is in the American Division with four other teams, who they will play once each Thursday through Monday in pool play. 

  • Bemidji vs. Mountain Home, Arkansas – Thursday, 8 p.m. 
  • Bemidji vs. Middle Atlantic – Saturday, 12 p.m. 
  • Bemidji vs. Ohio Valley – Sunday, 8 p.m. 
  • Bemidji vs. New England – Monday, 8 p.m.

"Our goal is to get through pool play and get into bracket play," head coach Jason Brodina told the Bemidji Pioneer. "And then our goal is to get to the championship. I believe that we have a good mix of hitting, pitching and defense to do it. And you add the drive and the teamwork that these boys display, and I believe that they can go and do a lot of damage in this national tournament."

You can follow all of the action from the tournament right here. Do note that Bemidji goes under the name "Midwest Plains" during the Babe Ruth World Series. 

There's a GoFundMe for the team to help with travel and lodging expenses that you can check out right here

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