Bemidji softball team scores 36 runs in doubleheader sweep of Moorhead
In recent years the Bemidji softball team has held the upper hand over Moorhead but most of the games have been up for grabs into the late stages.
"The typical game is about 7-2 or 6-3," said BHS coach Brad Takkunen. "I really don't know what happened Thursday."
Takkunen was referring to a pair of blowout victories by the Lumberjacks at the BHS diamond as Bemidji belted Moorhead 13-0 in the opener and demolished the Spuds 23-0 in the nightcap.
The Jacks needed only five innings to dispose of Moorhead in the first game while the rematch was mercifully called after three innings.
"Thursday was the first time we ever flipped the scoreboard," Takkunen said. "When it tried to go from 19 to 20 it went to 0. The board doesn't go as high as 20."
Just about everything the Jacks hit Thursday found a seam, a hole, a gap or the fence. In the two games BHS ripped 31 hits and 13 of them went for extra bases."
"We stayed in a competitive mindset in both games," Takkunen said. "Even though it would have been easy to relax the girls ran hard, played hard and stayed focused.
"In the first game we powered the ball and in the second game we hit it even harder," the coach continued. "In the doubleheader four balls that we hit reached the fence on the fly and three of them were in the second game."
Bemidji served immediate notice of what was to come as Jess Yost retired Moorhead in order in the first inning of the opener while the Jacks' offense batted around the order on way to a 5-run stanza.
The inning included Taylor McLean's single, RBI singles by Jineane Williams and Hanna Olson and Yost's infield hit.
Leadoff hitter Summer Monsrud, who walked, stole second and scored in the first inning, did the same to begin the second and after two stanzas the Lumberjacks were ahead 6-0.
Bemidji stranded Anna Pence who had singled and reached third in the third inning but BHS settled the issue with seven runs in the lower fourth.
Featured in the onslaught were Yost's 3-run double, Monsrud's RBI triple and run-producing singles by Laura Clark and Jineane Williams.
Yost allowed only one hit and one walk in her five innings on the Bemidji mound.
The sophomore also pitched the second game, allowing four hits without a walk.
"I wanted Jess to throw 100 pitches in order to extend her pitch count," Takkunen said. "I don't think she reached 100 during her eight innings of work."
Monsrud paced the offense in the rematch as she had a triple, double and two singles. McLean contributed three doubles while Kellie Morehouse had two doubles and a single. Pence and Clark each pounded a double and a single.
Bemidji's defense committed only three errors in the twinbill.
"Our defense was very good," the coach said. "We only gave Moorhead a couple of extra base runners all day.
"This was our fourth consecutive solid game and our job now is to keep playing at this level."
The next action for the Lumberjacks will be Saturday as they head to Cloquet to play the host team at 10 a.m., Big Lake at noon and Grand Rapids at 2 p.m.
Of the three games, the battle against Big Lake holds the most importance as Big Lake is a section opponent and is the team which defeated Bemidji twice during last spring's section tournament.
Moorhead 000 00 - 0 1 4
Bemidji 510 7x - 13 12 1
Gulsvig (L), Ussatis (4) and Horn. K-6, BB-2
Yost (W) and Clark. K-7, BB-1
Bemidji 887 - 23 19 2
Moorhead 000 - 0 4 1
Yost (W) and T.Olson. K-2, BB-0
Kari (L) and Horn. K-3, BB-3
NOTE: Because of an earlier postponement at Moorhead, the Spuds were the home team for Thursday's second game.