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Bemidji's Cole Bardwell successfully steals third base and avoids the tag of Hibbing's Jake Doherty during Bemidji's victory Thursday. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Bemidji HS baseball: Everything clicks in shutout victory over Hibbing

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Bemidji HS baseball: Everything clicks in shutout victory over Hibbing
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Prior to Thursday's home game against Hibbing Bemidji baseball coach Mike Fogelson preached scoring a run in each inning.

"If we approach every offensive inning with the idea of scoring one run we begin the inning with a purpose," Fogelson said. "And when you have a purpose you have the potential for a big inning."

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Bemidji's approach provided huge dividends Thursday as the Lumberjacks pounded 13 hits and dominated the Bluejackets 11-0.

BHS scored four runs in the first and settled the issue with seven in the third. Bemidji's bats could have done even more damage were it not for a slick third-to-home-to-first double play which Hibbing turned in the second inning.

The potent offense was complimented by the pitching of Zach Solheim. The junior continually zipped his fast ball past the batters and worked his curve in just often enough to keep them guessing.

"Zach did his job and when your pitching dominates like that it sets the table for the offense and defense," Fogelson said.

Bemidji's defense also did its part Thursday and only a pair of errors in the top of the fifth when the game was out of reach marred what had been a perfect defensive performance.

"We wanted to play well and that's what we did," said Fogelson, whose team improved to 5-2.

The Jacks would score all the runs they would need in the first inning when singles by Collin Leif, Tyler Follis, Mason Bellew and Tyler Tatro combined with Cody Rutledge's RBI groundout to produce four runs.

BHS threatened again in the second, loading the bases with one out, but Hibbing escaped with the help of a double play.

The visitors were not as lucky in the third, however.

Bemidji's bats came to life in the stanza and Tatro started the onslaught with a single to left. Josh Kane followed with one of his three walks of the afternoon and Jeremiah Graves drove in Tatro with a double.

Mith Hendricks' 2-run double, singles by Leif, Follis, Bellew and another by Tatro, an error and two walks helped Bemidji score seven runs in the frame.

Solheim was never in danger of giving up a run during his four innings of work. The right-hander allowed only one hit while fanning six and walking one.

Chad Head completed the shutout although Hibbing used a hit, walk and an error to load the bases.

Leif and Tatro had three hits for the Jacks who host Grand Forks Red River 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in their next outing.

Bemidji 11, Hibbing 0

Hibbing ab r h bi

Hanson, ss 2 0 0 0

Milani, lf 3 0 2 0

Dosen, 2b 3 0 0 0

Erickson, rf, p 1 0 0 0

Maleska, p 1 0 0 0

Lister, dh, cf 2 0 0 0

Kritz, c 1 0 0 0

Doherty, 3b 2 0 0 0

Schafer, 1b 1 0 0 0

McDonald, cf, rf 2 0 0 0

Coleman, p 0 0 0 0

Totals 18 0 2 0

Bemidji ab r h bi

Hendricks, 3b 3 0 1 2

Bardwell, pr, rf 0 2 0 0

Leif, c 3 0 3 0

Voss, c 1 0 0 0

Follis, ss 3 2 3 0

Rutledge, cf 2 1 0 1

Hietala, lf 2 2 0 0

Bellew, 1b 3 1 2 1

Russ, 1b 0 0 0 0

Tatro, dh 3 1 3 3

Kane, rf 0 1 0 0

Schneider, 3b 0 0 0 0

Graves, 2b 3 1 1 1

Solheim, p 0 0 0 0

Head, p 0 0 0 0

Totals 23 11 13 8

Hibibng 000 00 - 0 2 2

Bemidji 407 0x - 11 13 2

Pitching Record

Hibbing ip r er h so bb

Coleman (L) 2.0 4 4 5 2 2

Erickson 0.2 7 4 7 0 2

Meleska 1.1 0 0 1 0 2

Bemidji ip r er h so bb

Solheim (W) 4.0 0 0 2 6 1

Head 1.0 0 0 1 1 1

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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