BHS softball: Jacks top Prowlers in battle between northern Minnesota's top teams
The Bemidji High softball team added another impressive win to its victory column, turning back Thief River Falls 9-1 at the high school field.
The game matched two of the top teams in northwest Minnesota with Bemidji coming into the game with an 11-1 record while the Prowlers were 12-1.
But Bemidji had the game in hand from its first turn at bat.
Spotting the visitors an unearned run, Bemidji countered with three and went on to score in four of its six at bats, ending with a four-run sixth.
The winners pounded out nine hits, two for extra bases.
Chelsea Yost and Paige Jensen limited the Prowlers to five including a pair of doubles. Each side made only one error.
Yost worked the first five, fanning eight and walking one, to run her record to 7-1.
Jensen allowed one hit and fanned one in the final two innings;
Thief River scored in the first when Haley Stegeman walked with one out., reached third when Lacey Stennes doubled and scored when the throw back to the infield missed the cutoff..
But that was to be the Prowlers attack for the day.
Yost allowed leadoff doubles in the second and fifth and a leadoff single in the fourth. But all of those runners were stranded.
Bemidji took advantage of the wildness of Thief River's Cheryl Nelson. She walked three, hit four batters and threw six wild pitches to make Bemidji's task easier.
Kaia Sele opened the Bemidji first with a single, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and after Emily Larson walked, beat the throw home on Jensen's grounder to short.
A hit batter refilled the bases and two more runners scored on wild pitches.
Sele singled and Larson was hit by a pitch in the second. Jensen forced Sele at third but Brittany Thompson singled in Larson.
It became 5-1 in the third when Sele was hit by a pitch with two outs, stole second, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Meg Claypool's single.
Nelson worked through two scoreless frames before Bemidji ended in style.
Larson reached on a two base overthrow and Jensen doubled her home.
Thompson walked and Yost's single cashed Jensen. A wild pitch advanced the two runners who scored on ground outs by Megan Gullickson and Tara Ripplinger.
Sele and Yost had three hits for Bemidji.
Erika Weimann will get the start tomorrow against Eveleth -Gilbert with Yost and Jensen hurling Saturday at the Cloquet invitational.
B Team wins
The B Team had an easier time, ending Thief River in five in a 17-0 romp.
It marked the seventh time in eight games Bemidji has scored in double figures.
Bemidji opened with eight in the first and closed with seven in the fourth.
It pounded out 12 hits. Jamie Balmer had three and Mikayla Dahlin, Katie Hovila and Anna Pence two.
Summer Monsrud belted a home run while Hovila's included a triple and double and Dahlin doubled.
Like the varsity, the B Team is also 12-1. Taylor McLean should get tomorrow's start with Eveleth.
Thief River Falls 100-000-0---1--5--1
Nelson and Britten
C. Yost (7-1), Jensen (6) and Gullickson
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Thief River Falls 000-00--- 0-- 0--1
Koop and Lindquist
Yost (5-0) and Miller
The B Team followed the path of the varsity on Monday.
Brianna Glynn hurled a four inning no hitter as Bemidji blasted the Grand Forks Red River Roughriders 18-0 in a game called by agreement after four frames.
Bemidji had 15 hits with Glynn getting three with a double and Jess Yost three and three RBIs.
Bemidji B 3(12)0-3---18--15--1
Red River B 000-0--- 0-- 0--4
Glynn (4-0) and Clark
Red River battery unavailable