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Matt Hietala dove safely back into first base, avoiding a pickoff during play in the Jacks 6-1 win over Grand Forks Central. Brady Johnson is the Knights first baseman. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

BHS baseball: Graves leads Bemidji over Grand Forks Central in pitching debut

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BHS baseball: Graves leads Bemidji over Grand Forks Central in pitching debut
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The Bemidji Lumberjacks baseball team snapped its four game losing streak Friday, parlaying tight hurling with one big inning to a 6-1 win over Grand Forks Central.


The small crowd that braved cool, windy conditions at the BSU stadium, saw Bemidji combine four of its eight hits with three walks to run home all six runs in the fourth.

Central scored its lone run, unearned in the sixth.

Jeremiah Graves who had pitched impressively in relief, made is first start and cemented the No. 2 starter role with a four hitter, fanning six and walking two.

Lefty Brady Koski tantalized Bemidji with a variety of off speed deliveries through three frames as the Jacks stranded two runners in the first and one in the second and third.

But Koski dug his own grave in the fourth by walking the first two batters.

Billy Statton looped a single over third to fill the bases., Tyler Follis then singled to short right to plate the first run.

Koski, got Nick Lee to hit s comebacker which he turned into a force at home.

But Matt Hietala singled to score a second run and a walk to Alex Hengel forced in a third.

The fourth crossed on a wild pitch and Simon Anderson blasted a triple to deep center to send home the fifth and sixth.

Koski left after five and Matt Wright hurled a scoreless sixth and seventh.

Hietala broke out of a four game hitless string with three singles. Anderson had two hits,

The two Knights hurlers fanned three and walked three. Travis Parson had two of the losers four safeties, all singles.

Graves reached 3-0. Anderson will get today's start at Alexandria seeking his fourth straight win.

The Jacks will play a double header Monday at Warroad, one game making up previous rainouts by each team against other teams. Tyler Follis will get one start. The second is uncertain.

B, C Teams win

The B Team also won scoring three runs in the last of the sixth in an 8-5 decision.Bemidji took a 5-0 lead after five but saw the Knights tie the score in the top of the sixth.

Bemidji had seven hits with Jake Fisher and Booster Russ getting two. Kris Berndt and winner Ernie Heifort held the losers to five.

Bemidji is 6-5 with Ryan Stevens getting today's start at Alex.

Grand Forks B 000-005-0---5--5--5

Bemidji 310-103-x---8--7--6

Cupur and Moe

Berndt, Heifort (2-1) and Lucas

The freshmen upped their record to 19-2, sweeping Thief River in a pair of shortened games at Sagedahl.,

Bemidji took the opener 11-0 as Mason Bellew hurled a no hitter. Bemidji had only seven with Zach Declusin getting three including a triple.

Bemidji took the nightcap 9-1 in four frames, called by agreement. Trent Baker and Mitch Brown each worked two frames with Brown getting his fourth win.

Bemidji had eight hits with Collin Leif getting a triple and Bellew two singles, each driving home two runs. Sam Dwyer tripled.

Cody Jenkins will hurl at Alex today.

First Game

Thief River 010-00--- 1--0--3

Bemidji C 125-3x--11--7--0

Odberg and Hanson

Bellew (1-1) and Lucas

Second Game

Thief River 100-0---1--3--2

Bemidji C 522-x---9--8--1

Soderstrom and Hanson

Baker, Brown (4-0) and Leif

Pioneer staff reports