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Senior first baseman Anna Pence makes a nice play to retire West Fargo's Shannah Plehal during the third inning of Monday's opening game. Bemidji and West Fargo split a doubleheader. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Bemidji splits with North Dakota state champions

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Jess Yost threw a 1-hitter and her offense scratched out a run in the bottom of the sixth to give the Bemidji softball team a 1-0 victory over West Fargo in the first game of Monday's doubleheader in Bemidji.

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The visitors took advantage of defensive mistakes by the Lumberjacks to steal Monday's rematch 7-5.

West Fargo is the two-time defending North Dakota state champion and entered Monday's action with an 11-0 record.

Monday's split gives the Jacks a 10-4 record heading into today's game at Fargo North.

"We played 14 innings and in 12 of them we had very good defense and pitching," said BHS coach Brad Takkunen. "We had two poor innings and that's what cost us."

A pair of errors in the sixth inning of Monday's rematch handed the Packers three runs and two more errors in the seventh inning gave West Fargo three additional runs. Those six unearned runs proved to be more than Bemidji's offense could counter.

"Our offense came back to life in the final few innings," Takkunen said. "I give the girls credit for battling back. We had a chance to win it despite those mistakes."

Trailing 7-2 heading into their final at-bat the Lumberjacks staged a rally. Bri Glynn opened the inning with a single to right and an out later Taylor McLean doubled her home. McLean, however, was nailed at third base trying to stretch the double into a triple.

Jineane Williams kept the rally alive with a single and she promptly scored when Janelle Williams doubled down the left-field line.

Hanna Olson was hit by a pitch, Yost walked to load the bases and a wild pitch plated Williams.

The threat ended, however, on a strikeout.

BHS scored a run in the fourth to tie the game at 1-1 when McLean doubled and Janelle William's singled her home.

After giving West Fargo three runs in the upper sixth the Jacks answered with one when Jineane Williams reached on an error and eventually scored on Yost's groundout.

Yost pitched into the seventh inning but gave way to McLean in the seventh.

Yost went the distance in the opener and allowed only one walk through six innings. Her no-hit bid ended with one out in the seventh, however, when Danielle Nelson singled.

The opener was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth when Hanna Olson ripped a two-out triple and scored on a passed ball.

"Pitching dominated both sides," Takkunen said, "but Jess outpitched West Fargo's pitcher (Kacie Johnson). Their pitcher was able to get herself out of trouble while Jess never got into trouble."

First Game

West Fargo 000 000 0 - 0 1 0

Bemidji 000 001 x - 1 7 0

Johnson (L) and Greenlund. K-8, BB-1

Yost (W) and Clark. K-6, BB-2

Second Game

West Fargo 100 003 3 - 7 7 1

Bemidji 000 101 3 - 5 9 5

Woodbury (W), Johnson (7) (S) and Greenlund. K-7, BB-4

Yost (L), McLean (7) and T.Olson. K-3, BB-2

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

Jess Yost threw a 1-hitter and her offense scratched out a run in the bottom of the sixth to give the Bemidji softball team a 1-0 victory over West Fargo in the first game of Monday's doubleheader in Bemidji.

The visitors took advantage of defensive mistakes by the Lumberjacks to steal Monday's rematch 7-5.

West Fargo is the two-time defending North Dakota state champion and entered Monday's action with an 11-0 record.

Monday's split gives the Jacks a 10-4 record heading into today's game at Fargo North.

"We played 14 innings and in 12 of them we had very good defense and pitching," said BHS coach Brad Takkunen. "We had two poor innings and that's what cost us."

A pair of errors in the sixth inning of Monday's rematch handed the Packers three runs and two more errors in the seventh inning gave West Fargo three additional runs. Those six unearned runs proved to be more than Bemidji's offense could counter.

"Our offense came back to life in the final few innings," Takkunen said. "I give the girls credit for battling back. We had a chance to win it despite those mistakes."

Trailing 7-2 heading into their final at-bat the Lumberjacks staged a rally. Bri Glynn opened the inning with a single to right and an out later Taylor McLean doubled her home. McLean, however, was nailed at third base trying to stretch the double into a triple.

Jineane Williams kept the rally alive with a single and she promptly scored when Janelle Williams doubled down the left-field line.

Hanna Olson was hit by a pitch, Yost walked to load the bases and a wild pitch plated Williams.

The threat ended, however, on a strikeout.

BHS scored a run in the fourth to tie the game at 1-1 when McLean doubled and Janelle William's singled her home.

After giving West Fargo three runs in the upper sixth the Jacks answered with one when Jineane Williams reached on an error and eventually scored on Yost's groundout.

Yost pitched into the seventh inning but gave way to McLean in the seventh.

Yost went the distance in the opener and allowed only one walk through six innings. Her no-hit bid ended with one out in the seventh, however, when Danielle Nelson singled.

The opener was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth when Hanna Olson ripped a two-out triple and scored on a passed ball.

"Pitching dominated both sides," Takkunen said, "but Jess outpitched West Fargo's pitcher (Kacie Johnson). Their pitcher was able to get herself out of trouble while Jess never got into trouble."

First Game

West Fargo 000 000 0 - 0 1 0

Bemidji 000 001 x - 1 7 0

Johnson (L) and Greenlund. K-8, BB-1

Yost (W) and Clark. K-6, BB-2

Second Game

West Fargo 100 003 3 - 7 7 1

Bemidji 000 101 3 - 5 9 5

Woodbury (W), Johnson (7) (S) and Greenlund. K-7, BB-4

Yost (L), McLean (7) and T.Olson. K-3, BB-2

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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