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Bemidji High School softball coach Brad Takkunen congratulates Chelsea Johnson following her RBI triple in the fourth inning Tuesday against Detroit Lakes. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Bemidji HS softball: Jacks top Lakers, win third straight

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After two encouraging performances to start the season the Bemidji softball team took a step backward Tuesday, according to coach Brad Takkunen.

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The Lumberjacks posted an 11-6 victory but the coach was not impressed with how his athletes performed.

"This game was frustrating to watch because the mistakes we made were mental. They were not-being-into-the-game mistakes," Takkunen said.

"We had situations where players who have played the game for five, six or seven years forgot how to throw, catch and communicate. This was not a game to be happy about."

Bemidji prevailed thanks to a Detroit Lakes defense which committed 10 errors. The Jacks were guilty of four defensive miscues and also a handful of blunders while running the bases.

The visitors displayed their generosity early as a pair of errors handed BHS a run in the first inning.

Detroit Lakes used a hit batter, walk and single to tie the game in the upper third but Bemidji answered with two in its half of the stanza, courtesy of two more Lakers errors.

Both teams began to unravel defensively in the middle frames. Bemidji committed two errors in the fifth and two more in the sixth to help Detroit Lakes score five times but the visitors' defense was even more accommodating as the Lakers committed six errors in the final three innings.

Those mistakes opened the door for the Jacks to score a pair in the fourth and ice the victory with six in the fifth.

Janelle Williams opened on the Bemidji mound and yielded one run in 2.1 innings. Taylor McLean worked 3.2 innings and earned the victory. Brianna Glynn pitched the seventh.

The offensive star was Chelsea Johnson who ripped two singles and a triple in four plate appearances.

"Some kids had good at-bats and hit the ball hard," Takkunen said. "And I thought Bri and Taylor pitched very well.

"But as a team we have our expectations and those expectations are more than what we showed Tuesday.

"I hope this performance was an aberration. We have the ability but we need to settle down and play the game," the coach added.

Bemidji (3-0) returns to action Friday at Chaska. Saturday sees the Lumberjacks battling Mounds View at 11 a.m. and Tartan at 2:30 p.m.

Detroit Lakes (6) ab r h bi e

Wicker, 2b 3 1 2 0 1

Even, lf, 1b 4 0 0 0 1

Seebold, c 4 1 2 0 1

Dugger, ss 2 2 0 1 1

Branden, cf 2 1 1 0 1

Ianiro, rf 4 0 2 2 1

Lamb, dh, lf 4 1 0 0 1

Young, 3b 3 0 1 2 1

Cartmell, 1b, p 4 0 0 0 2

Butz, p 0 0 0 0 0

Totals 30 6 8 5 10

Bemidji (11) ab r h bi e

Monsrud, cf 2 1 1 0 0

J.Johnson, cf 2 1 0 0 0

McLean, rf, p, lf 4 1 0 0 1

Ji. Williams, lf 3 2 1 0 0

Glynn, p 1 1 0 0 0

Larson, 3b, ss 4 0 0 0 0

Ja. Williams, p, 3b 4 1 2 1 0

Pence, 3b 0 0 0 0 0

Weimann, 1b, rf 2 1 0 0 0

Clark, c 2 0 1 0 1

Yost, pr 0 2 0 0 0

C.Johnson, 2b, 1b 4 1 3 2 1

Dahlin, ss, 2b 4 0 0 0 1

Totals 32 11 8 3 4

Detroit Lakes 001 023 0 - 6 8 10

Bemidji 102 260 x - 11 8 4

Pitching Record

Detroit Lakes Ip r er h so bb

Butz (L) 3+ 5 1 3 5 3

Cartmell 3.0 6 1 5 1 1

Bemidji ip r er h so bb

Ja.Williams 2.1 1 1 2 3 2

McLean (W) 3.2 5 2 5 4 2

Glynn 1.0 0 0 1 1 0

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Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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