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Tyler Follis pitched another complete game and Cody Jenkins and Collin Leif sparked the offense as the Bemidji baseball team coasted to its 10th victory in 16 outings Monday by stopping Detroit Lakes 9-2 in Bemidji.

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BHS is off today but will conclude its home schedule Wednesday with a doubleheader against Roseau. Thursday finds the Lumberjack ending the regular season with a twinbill at Moorhead.

"Tyler pitched another gem," said BHS coach Mike Fogelson. He didn't allow a walk and when the pitcher doesn't walk anybody and the defense makes some big plays, you usually end up with a win."

The Jacks turned a pair of infield double plays to help Follis escape potential trouble, the first coming in the first inning.

Detroit Lakes did open the scoring in the second on the strength of a double and two groundouts but Bemidji took control with three in the third.

Mitchell Hendricks' single began the inning and before the Lakers could post the third out Leif, Zach Solheim and Cody Jenkins all singled, the latter driving in two runs.

Bemidji's bats continued to attack in the fourth as 10 hitters stepped to the plate and combined for six runs.

The key blows were Hendricks' double, Leif's 2-run single and RBI hits by Solheim and Mason Bellew.

"Kris Berndt and Cody Rutledge each made a big play in the outfield, Mitch Hendricks and Jeremiah (Graves) turned two double plays and Zach Solheim and Cody Jenkins got the offense going with huge two-out hits," Fogelson said. "Those plays and hits got us started and from there we just kept going.

"This is the time of the year when you want to be playing your best and I think we're getting close to that level of play," the coach continued. "Now our job is to keep moving ahead."

Bemidji also captured Monday's junior varsity game as the offense generated 10 hits on way to a 15-3 victory.

Nick Connor's 2-run triple in the 9-run first inning kick started the offense. Conner and Billy Baumgartner each finished with a triple and a single and Mitch Buckanaga had a pair of singles.

Cody Labernik was the winning pitcher.

The junior varsity also will host Roseau for two games on Wednesday.

Detroit Lakes 010 000 1 - 2 7 1

Bemidji 003 600 x - 9 9 0

Manning (L), Singer (5) and Labat. K-3, BB-6

Follis (W) and Leif. K-3, BB-0

Junior Varsity

Detroit Lakes 001 02 - 3 3 5

Bemidji JV 903 3x - 15 10 1

Eiter (L), Bowe (2), Balde (3) and Anderson, Eiter (2). K-2, BB-5

Labernik (W), McNallan (5) and Buckanaga. K-5, BB-6

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

Tyler Follis pitched another complete game and Cody Jenkins and Collin Leif sparked the offense as the Bemidji baseball team coasted to its 10th victory in 16 outings Monday by stopping Detroit Lakes 9-2 in Bemidji.

BHS is off today but will conclude its home schedule Wednesday with a doubleheader against Roseau. Thursday finds the Lumberjack ending the regular season with a twinbill at Moorhead.

"Tyler pitched another gem," said BHS coach Mike Fogelson. He didn't allow a walk and when the pitcher doesn't walk anybody and the defense makes some big plays, you usually end up with a win."

The Jacks turned a pair of infield double plays to help Follis escape potential trouble, the first coming in the first inning.

Detroit Lakes did open the scoring in the second on the strength of a double and two groundouts but Bemidji took control with three in the third.

Mitchell Hendricks' single began the inning and before the Lakers could post the third out Leif, Zach Solheim and Cody Jenkins all singled, the latter driving in two runs.

Bemidji's bats continued to attack in the fourth as 10 hitters stepped to the plate and combined for six runs.

The key blows were Hendricks' double, Leif's 2-run single and RBI hits by Solheim and Mason Bellew.

"Kris Berndt and Cody Rutledge each made a big play in the outfield, Mitch Hendricks and Jeremiah (Graves) turned two double plays and Zach Solheim and Cody Jenkins got the offense going with huge two-out hits," Fogelson said. "Those plays and hits got us started and from there we just kept going.

"This is the time of the year when you want to be playing your best and I think we're getting close to that level of play," the coach continued. "Now our job is to keep moving ahead."

Bemidji also captured Monday's junior varsity game as the offense generated 10 hits on way to a 15-3 victory.

Nick Connor's 2-run triple in the 9-run first inning kick started the offense. Conner and Billy Baumgartner each finished with a triple and a single and Mitch Buckanaga had a pair of singles.

Cody Labernik was the winning pitcher.

The junior varsity also will host Roseau for two games on Wednesday.

Detroit Lakes 010 000 1 - 2 7 1

Bemidji 003 600 x - 9 9 0

Manning (L), Singer (5) and Labat. K-3, BB-6

Follis (W) and Leif. K-3, BB-0

Junior Varsity

Detroit Lakes 001 02 - 3 3 5

Bemidji JV 903 3x - 15 10 1

Eiter (L), Bowe (2), Balde (3) and Anderson, Eiter (2). K-2, BB-5

Labernik (W), McNallan (5) and Buckanaga. K-5, BB-6

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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