BHS baseball eliniated from subsection
It was deja vu for the Bemidji Lumberjacks baseball team Monday at the North Sub-Section tournament.
Last year Bemidji was blanked by Moorhead and Brainerd to go to the sidelines.
This year it managed one run, losing to Moorhead 2-1 and Brainerd 1-0.
Alexandria dropped Brainerd 5-1 in the opening game and faced Moorhead in the second round.
That pair and Brainerd will return for Wednesday's second day with the last unbeaten team getting the bye while the two 1-1 teams square off in the opener. That winner will advance to the final.
Should a third game be needed, it will be played Thursday.
Again it was the Jacks lack of hitting, a year long problem, that did them in.
Bemidji had excellent pitching from Simon Anderson in the opener and Jeremiah Graves in the nightcap.
But Scott Petry set down Bemidji on four hits in the opener and the Spuds made two first inning runs stand up for the win.
They came when Jordan Doschadis was hit by a pitch with one out.
Branden Rahman doubled, sending Doschadis to third and Lucas Henry followed with a single to plate both runners.
The Spuds managed only three singles past that point but made the lead hold up.
Anderson fanned seven and walked one in his final Jacks performance to fall to 4-2.
Petry, who had given up eight hits in a 6-4 loss to Bemidji Friday, held the Jacks hitless in six of their seven at bats.
Their only run came in the fourth when Sol Schneider singled and Anderson walked. Cody Rutledge's single loaded the bases with no outs.
Billy Statton plated one run with a ground out. But Petry got the next two outs an retired nine of the last 11 batters he faced, both base runners reaching on errors.
Bemidji's best chance to score other than the fourth came in the third when they loaded the bases with one out, only to have Matt Hietala ground into an inning-ending double play.
No batter had more than one hit for either team. Petry fanned four and walked three.
The second game was a mound gem between Brainerd ace Dan Bendzik and Bemidji sophomore Jeremiah Graves.
Bendzik held the Jacks to one hit, a single by Graves.
Brainerd had only five hits on the day.
But two came in the second inning when Travis Fairbanks tripled and Kyle Crocker singled him home.
After that the two hurlers were in complete control. Graves struck out one and walked none.
Bendzik had eight strikeouts and two walks for the game.
Nate Smolke had two of the Warriors five hits.
The game was in stark contrast to the regular season meeting won by Brainerd 11-3.
Bemidji ended its year 11-11. It said goodbye to nine seniors, Derek Lofgren, Nick Lee, Alex Hengel, Trevor Andrews, Statton, Schneider, Anderson, Auston Zetah and Tony Baumgartner.
But a solid cast of younger players return particularly among the freshmen and sophomore class.