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Bemidji pitching issues 10 walks in loss at Grand Forks Red River

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Walks and an untimely error in the first inning opened the gate to a 5-run first inning for Grand Forks Red River and those early runs proved to be more than Bemidji could counter as the Lumberjacks dropped an 8-2 decision Monday at Grand Forks.

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The Jacks were retired in order in the top of the first but the home team fared much better in its half of the stanza. Bemidji pitcher Ryan Stevens couldn't find the strike zone in the opening stanza and he issued six walks to the first eight hitters.

The lone exceptions were Mack Arvidson who fanned and Casey Fugleberg who reached on an error.

Stevens lasted only those eight hitters and retired only Arvidson before giving way to Matt Schneider who got the Jacks out of the jam by coaxing a pair of ground balls.

The damage had been done, however, as the Roughriders scored five runs on no hits.

Red River ended Bemidji's hopes for a comeback when four singles produced three runs in the lower fourth.

BHS finally broke through for a pair of runs in the fifth as Cody Jenkins walked, Zach Solheim singled, Mitchell Hendricks ripped an RBI single and Collin Leif doubled home Solheim.

Bemidji manufactured one other threat as Cody Rutledge singled and stole second to lead off the sixth. He eventually reached third when Solheim delivered a 2-out single but a ground ball ended that threat.

Bemidji, 3-2, will try for better results when it heads to Alexandria Friday for a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.

Bemidji 000 020 0 - 2 7 1

GF Red River 500 300 x - 8 7 0

Stevens (L), Schneider (1), Baker (5) and Leif. K-4, BB-10

Dufault, Ripplinger (W) (4), Sturman (6) and Steen. K-3, BB-2

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

Walks and an untimely error in the first inning opened the gate to a 5-run first inning for Grand Forks Red River and those early runs proved to be more than Bemidji could counter as the Lumberjacks dropped an 8-2 decision Monday at Grand Forks.

The Jacks were retired in order in the top of the first but the home team fared much better in its half of the stanza. Bemidji pitcher Ryan Stevens couldn't find the strike zone in the opening stanza and he issued six walks to the first eight hitters.

The lone exceptions were Mack Arvidson who fanned and Casey Fugleberg who reached on an error.

Stevens lasted only those eight hitters and retired only Arvidson before giving way to Matt Schneider who got the Jacks out of the jam by coaxing a pair of ground balls.

The damage had been done, however, as the Roughriders scored five runs on no hits.

Red River ended Bemidji's hopes for a comeback when four singles produced three runs in the lower fourth.

BHS finally broke through for a pair of runs in the fifth as Cody Jenkins walked, Zach Solheim singled, Mitchell Hendricks ripped an RBI single and Collin Leif doubled home Solheim.

Bemidji manufactured one other threat as Cody Rutledge singled and stole second to lead off the sixth. He eventually reached third when Solheim delivered a 2-out single but a ground ball ended that threat.

Bemidji, 3-2, will try for better results when it heads to Alexandria Friday for a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.

Bemidji 000 020 0 - 2 7 1

GF Red River 500 300 x - 8 7 0

Stevens (L), Schneider (1), Baker (5) and Leif. K-4, BB-10

Dufault, Ripplinger (W) (4), Sturman (6) and Steen. K-3, BB-2

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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