A Moorhead-Bemidji match up is normally a high spot of the season in any sport.
Today local sports fans will get a double dose as the Spuds baseball and softball teams visit Bemidji for 4:30 contests.
The baseball game is a late switch. Originally scheduled at Moorhead, it was moved to Bemidji when the floods left Matson Field unable to play. Presumably the May 21 contest here will be switched to Moorhead.
The girls were scheduled here from the start
The Jacks divided their first two baseball starts Saturday, beating Sauk Rapids 8-2 and bowing at Sartell 6-2.
Moorhead also bowed to Sartell 4-0. Its Sauk Rapids score was not known.
Bemidji dropped two of three contests to the Spuds last season winning 2-0 behind Haakon Pederson, losing 5-3 with Sol Schneider on the mound and 5-0 in the playoffs with Simon Anderson the pitcher of record.
The B Team divided its twin bill with the Spuds losing 5-2 with Chad Head the pitcher of record and winning 7-3 behind Ryan Stevens.
Head, 3-3 last spring with the B Team, will make his first varsity start today.
Billy Statton will be behind the plate with Matt Hietala, Jeremiah Graves, Tyler Follis and Schneider around the infield from first to third and Nick Lee, Anderson and Derek Lofgren in the outfield from left to right, Josh Kane will be the designated hitter.
Bemidji played well in its openers especially considering it has had no outdoor practice.
It received good hurling and tight defense at St. Cloud but managed only 10 hits. Hietala had three and Schneider two for half of that total.
Coach Mike Fogelson expects the hitting to improve steadily with more live hitting.
Moorhead is in much the same boat.
Today's game will be the first of four this week.
Friday the Jacks will be road weary, traveling to the Twin Cities for a 9 a.m. contest at the Metrodome with Thief River Falls, then hurrying back to Bemidji to host St. Cloud Tech at 7 at BSU .
And Saturday noon they return to the diamond for a makeup game with Brainerd, probably at the Arena diamond with BSU at home that day with Duluth.
The JV, which also went 1-1 last weekend will see three more games this week, not making the trip to the Met. It will play the Tech opener that day at BSU.
Seek second win
The softball team will be seeking its second win today after a thrilling comeback 3-2 decision over Fergus Falls Saturday in its season opener.
Bemidji swept the Spuds last year wining 9-0 behind Megan Gullickson and 5-2 with Erika Weimann doing the pitching.
Today the Spuds will see Bemidji's ace Chelsea Yost who came on to pitch four scoreless innings Saturday and get the win.
Bemidji never led Fergus Falls until the final play of the game.
Trailing 2-1 entering the seventh, it loaded the bases with no outs.
Fergus got the first out on a strikeout but Kaia Sele singled to center to score one run. A second was thrown out at the plate but a throw to second trying to cut down Sele went astray and the winning run crossed the plate.
Bemidji had only six hits in the game, all by different batters. Again the lack of outside practice and hitting against live pitching showed.
Bemidji faces a busy week going to Grand Rapids Thursday and beginning a Twin Cities trip with a night game at Chaska Friday and day contests at Mounds View and Tartan Saturday.
Yost, Weimann and Paige Jensen will all get mound starts before the week ends.
Gullickson will be behind the plate today with Jensen, Emily Larson, Meg Claypool and Brittany Thompson the expected infield alignment with Sele, Amber Teal ad Chelsea Johnson or Summer Monsrud in the outfield. Tara Ripplinger also should see outfield play.
On the junior varsity level, both boys and girls golf teams debut today at Detroit Lakes in a co-ed meet at the Lakeview Golf Course has been postponed until next Tuesday with Lakeview not yet open.
The boys and girls track teams will send their reserves to the Park Rapids Invitational for a 4 p.m. meet.
The varsities will see their next action Friday at the Moorhead Invitational.
The boys varsity golf team opens Wednesday at Blueberry Pines with the girls playing The Preserve Thursday, both playing the Pines Friday and the boys at The Preserve Saturday.