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Bemidji’s James Hendricks steals second as Hibbing second baseman Dylan Takkunen attempts to apply the tag during the third inning Friday night at BSU. Bemidji won 5-3. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

BASEBALL: Lumberjacks keep streak alive with victory over Hibbing

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BEMIDJI -- Seth Anderson wasn't overpowering Friday, but he got the job done for the Bemidji baseball team.

Working quickly, the junior hurler didn't need to strike a ton of Hibbing batters out. Instead, he forced the Bluejackets to put the ball in play early and often.

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That added up to a 5-3 Bemidji win at the BSU baseball diamond.

"He worked quickly, threw strikes and kept our defense busy," BHS head coach Mike Fogelson said of his starter. "He's been consistent for us all season. He's establishing himself as our solid No. 3 starter."

The Lumberjacks, who improved to 10-2 with the victory -- their sixth in a row -- had seen solid games from Ryan Hirt and Collin Rutledge in Thursday's doubleheader against Thief River Falls.

Anderson proved to be just as effective Friday. He struck out only three hitters but walked only two, and he didn't allow very many deep counts against Hibbing (2-5) aside from a rocky first two innings.

The Bluejackets scored a pair of runs in the first inning, but only one was earned. Dylan Takkunen's single to center field scored Jeff Perunovich, who reached on an error to leadoff the game. Rutledge, playing center field for BHS, nearly threw Perunovich out at home but Perunovich slid under Thomas Revering's tag to score the first run. Takkunen came around to score on a passed ball.

The Lumberjacks didn't waste any time getting those runs back in the bottom half of the inning.

With two outs, Hirt hit a screaming line drive back up the middle to score Cody Anderson and James Hendricks to tie the game, then Revering hit a booming triple to deep left center that scored Hirt to give BHS the 3-2 lead.

In the second inning Seth Anderson's first walk of the game came around to score on a pair of singles, but the Lumberjacks scored what would prove to be the winning runs in the bottom of the third.

Hendricks reached on an infield single, then Hibbing starter Ethan Bayless walked both Hirt and Revering. A Lucas Goins fielders' choice groundout scored the first run of the inning, then Tony Geerdes knocked in the second run with a single to make it 5-3.

Bayless walked five Bemidji hitters and struck out four; he generally struggled with command for much of the game but got himself out of some late jams to keep the Bluejackets close.

In the top of the seventh Takkunen doubled and got to third on a wild pitch but Anderson struck out Joe Kanipes and got Ryan Stephenson to fly out to right field to end the game.

"That was a nice, clean game for us," Fogelson said. "I wish we would have taken advantage of a few more of our chances at the plate, but we got the hits when they counted."

The Lumberjacks aren't scheduled to return to the field until next Friday's Del Sagedahl Wood Bat Classic, but Fogelson said he may try and see if there are other games available for next week.

The Sagedahl tournament is scheduled to begin Friday with Duluth East, Roseau and Grand Forks Red River all participating.

Bemidji 5, Hibbing 3

Hib 210 000 0 -- 3 6 3

BHS 302 000 x -- 5 9 0

Bayless (L), Kolden (6) and Kanipes. K-5, BB-6.

Anderson (W) and Revering. K-3, BB-2.

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Jack Hittinger
Jack Hittinger is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer, focusing on Bemidji State but also covering area high schools. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at http://thebeaverblog.areavoices.com/ and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.
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