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Maple Grove’s Joe Franta broke for second base and was caught with a successful pickoff by the Bemdji defense. Franta eventually was tagged by Jacks second baseman Parker Lucas. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Bemidji claims opener in Sagedahl tournament

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Bemidji claims opener in Sagedahl tournament
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BEMIDJI — Drew Peterson ripped a single down the third-base line with one out in the 10th inning Friday to plate Connor McNallan from second base and give the Lumberjacks a dramatic 8-7 victory over Maple Grove in the second game of the Des Sagedahl tournament held at the Bemidji State University field.

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In Friday’s late contest Bemidji met Duluth East. Earlier Friday Duluth East nipped Roseau 4-1.

BHS owned a 6-4 lead heading into the top of the seventh inning against Maple Grove but the visitors forced extra innings by scoring twice in the seventh.

The 6-6 deadlock continued until the 10th inning. Maple Grove combined three singles and a walk into a run in the top of the 10th but also had another runner nailed at the plate for the third out.

The Lumberjacks answered with a pair in their half of the stanza and opening the rally was Nick Hovila who reached on an infield error. Billy Baumgartner followed with a sacrifice bunt and McNallan tied the game with a double to left.

Peterson promptly ended the marathon as he smacked his game-winning single to left.

The visitors took a 2-0 lead with single runs in the first two innings but BHS sliced its deficit to 2-1 in the third on Hovila’s double, an errant pickoff throw and a wild pitch.

The Jacks forged a 3-2 lead with two in the fourth. Collin Rutledge started the rally with a one-out single but was forced at second on a grounder by Mark Fenner. Parker Lucas kept the inning alive with a single and the bases were loaded after Hovila was hit by a pitch.

Baumgartner capped the stanza with a 2-run single to center.

Maple Grove regained the lead with a pair of runs in the upper sixth but Bemidji countered with three in its half of the stanza when McNallan delivered a single that plated Lucas and Hovila.

The visitors, however, forced extra innings, and the 10th-inning dramatics, with two runs in the seventh.

In today’s tournament finale the Lumberjacks will face Roseau at 3 p.m.

Des Sagedahl Invitational

Friday’s Games

Duluth East 4, Roseau 1

Bemidji 8, Maple Grove 7, 10 innings

Bemidji vs. Roseau

Saturday’s Games

Maple Grove vs. Roseau, 10 a.m.

Maplel Grove vs. Duluth East, 12:30 p.m.

Bemidji vs. Roseau, 3 p.m.

Bemidji 8, Maple Grove 7

Maple Grove 110 002 200 1 – 7 14 3

Bemidji 001 203 000 2 – 8 9 3

Schulze, Bylander (6), Kivi (L) (10) and Whitecotten

Rutledge, McNallan (W) (7) and Buckanaga

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

(218) 333-9200
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