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Bemidji's Brittany Thompson rounds third and charges for home during subsection play Tuesday. Pioneer Photo/Mote Draper

BHS softball: Bemidji opens subsection play with two wins

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The Bemidji High softball team rolled into the North sub-section final Tuesday, beating Moorhead and Brainerd in its first two games at the high school field.

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Brainerd and Alexandria will play the 2 p.m. game tomorrow with the winner to face Bemidji at 4.

Should a third game be needed, it will follow at 6.

The situation is the same as last year when Bemidji beat Brainerd and Alexandria in its first two starts, only to fall twice to the Cardinals in its next two games to be denied advancement to the section meet.

With a year's experience and a much stronger attack, Bemidji is looking for better days tomorrow.

Bemidji took its opener 6-4 over Moorhead in a game not that close. It followed with a 5-1 win over Brainerd.

Brainerd had handed Alexandria a 3-2 setback in its opener. The Cards came back to beat Moorhead 14-4, ending the Spuds season.

Bemidji received strong hurling from Paige Jensen in the opener and Chelsea Yost in the nightcap.

They backed that pair with 22 hits, 12 for extra bases.

Jensen took a one hitter into the seventh in her game before yielding four runs on a grand slam by Chelse Heide.

The winners had runners on base in every inning.

Brittany Thompson's double and a single by  Megan Gullickson sent home a run in the second.

Two more crossed in the fourth when Gullickson singled, scored on Erika Weimann's double and Weimann rode home on Amber Teal's three bagger.

The key inning was the sixth when Yost doubled and scored on a a sacrifice fly.

Teal's double ended Heide's stay on the mound.

Steph Johnson relieved to yield a single to Kaia Sele and a double to Meg Claypool for a 6-0 lead.

At that time, then outcome appeared academic.

But Moorhead fought back. Its leadoff hitter reached on an error and a walk and Katrina Kott's single filled the bases.

Heide unloaded them with a blast over the center field fence.

But Jensen settled down and retired three of the final four batters on ground outs, working around another error.

Jensen reached 6-0 fanning four and walking one.

Claypool, Emily Larson, Gullickson and Teal had two hits in the12-hit Bemidji attack. They included seven doubles and a triple.

Yost in control

Yost dominated the second game. She fanned six and walked none in gaining her 10th win.

Bemidji gave her a run in the first when Claypool singled and scored on Jensen's double.

The Warriors got it back in the second when an infield hit was followed two outs later by Dani Theisse's single to left.

Bemidji countered with two in the third on singles by Sele and Claypool. A hit batter and Yost's two-run single up then middle.

She worked out of a bases loaded, one out situation in the fourth. Bemidji wasted a leadoff triple by Weimann in the last of the frame.

But it added two in the sixth on Yost's single, a double by Gullickson and a bunt single by Sele.

Yost set down the final nine batters she faced to win going away.

Steph Lambrecht had two of the Warriors four hits. Sele, Claypool, Yost and Gullickson all had two for Bemidji with three doubles and a triple included in the 10 hit attack.

The sweep upped Bemidji to 18-2 on the year.

Yost will get Thursday's start hoping to close out the meet in one game.

Moorhead 000-000-4---4--3--1

Bemidji 010-203-x---6--12--2

Heide, S. Johnson (6) and H. Johnson

Jensen (6-0) and Gullickson

- - - - -

Brainerd 010-000-0---1-- 4--0

Bemidji 100-101-X---5--10--1

Anderson and Gramer

Yost (10-2) and Gullickson

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