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The Bemidji High School softball team used solid pitching by Taylor McLean and an 11-hit attack to dump Fergus Falls 9-3 Saturday in the season opener at the BHS diamond.

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McLean yielded a run in the top of the first but her offensive teammates exploded for five runs in their half of the stanza to take control. The visitors drew within 5-2 with a solo run in the third but the Lumberjacks regained the momentum down the stretch.

"Overall, I was very pleased with our play," said Bemidji coach Brad Takkunen. "Our focus was to compete and that is what we did. We didn't play perfect softball but I thought we played well."

McLean allowed a first-inning triple to right field and a double in the third. The only other hits Fergus Falls managed against the senior were singles in the fourth and seventh innings.

She struck out three and walked three.

"I liked the way that Taylor battled," Takkunen said. "And it helped that we came back to score five runs in the first inning after Fergus Falls got one in its first at-bat."

Summer Monsrud began the offensive barrage with a bunt single. The senior promptly stole second and third and scored courtesy of Jineane Williams' sharp single to left.

Janelle Williams followed with a line single off the pitcher's glove and Kellie Morehouse plated Williams with a single to center.

Hanna Olson then delivered the game's key hit as the freshman tripled to the right-field fence. A few pitches later Olson scored the inning's fifth run as she scampered home on Laura Clark's ground ball to the mound.

"We hit the ball well," Takkunen said. "It was great to see Hanna come through with that big triple.

"There is no doubt that we came ready to bat," the coach continued. "Scoring five runs and ripping all of those hits was a great way to open the first inning."

The Lumberjacks added a pair of runs in the fourth on consecutive singles by McLean, Monsrud and Mikayla Dahlin. BHS added another run in the fifth as Bri Glynn walked and eventually scored on Olson's single to left.

Monsrud closed Bemidji's scoring in the lower sixth as she tripled to left and trotted home courtesy of Jineane Williams' sacrifice fly.

For a season opener BHS played well but Takkunen did see areas that need to be addressed.

"I want us to play a little sharper," he said. "We need to be more precise, especially defensively. When you have a goal of getting to the state tournament you have to fix all of the little things that could get in the way."

Monsrud paced the offense with a triple, two singles, an RBI and two runs scored. Jineane Williams had a pair of RBI on a single and sacrifice fly while Morehouse had two singles and Olson contributed a 2-run triple and an RBI single.

The Jacks return to duty Tuesday when they host Coleraine-Greenway at 4:30 p.m.

Bemidji also captured Saturday's junior varsity game as it transformed eight hits and nine walks into a 15-10 victory.

Brianna Neumann earned the pitching victory and Monica Wittner had a save. Tori Koch paced the offense with a triple and two singles while Sylvia Grimm had a pair of singles.

Bemidji 9, Fergus Falls 3

Fergus Falls 101 000 1 - 3 4 1

Bemidji 500 211 x - 9 11 1

Magnusson (L), Knudson (2), Magnusson (6) and Norman. K-7, BB-2

McLean (W) and Clark. K-3, BB-3

Junior Varsity

Bemidji 15, Fergus Falls 10

Fergus Falls 000 322 3 - 10 6 4

Bemidji 120 444 x - 15 8 4

Crowe (L), Johnson (4) and Walvatne. K-6, BB-9

Neumann (W), Witner (S) (5). K-6, BB-7

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

The Bemidji High School softball team used solid pitching by Taylor McLean and an 11-hit attack to dump Fergus Falls 9-3 Saturday in the season opener at the BHS diamond.

McLean yielded a run in the top of the first but her offensive teammates exploded for five runs in their half of the stanza to take control. The visitors drew within 5-2 with a solo run in the third but the Lumberjacks regained the momentum down the stretch.

"Overall, I was very pleased with our play," said Bemidji coach Brad Takkunen. "Our focus was to compete and that is what we did. We didn't play perfect softball but I thought we played well."

McLean allowed a first-inning triple to right field and a double in the third. The only other hits Fergus Falls managed against the senior were singles in the fourth and seventh innings.

She struck out three and walked three.

"I liked the way that Taylor battled," Takkunen said. "And it helped that we came back to score five runs in the first inning after Fergus Falls got one in its first at-bat."

Summer Monsrud began the offensive barrage with a bunt single. The senior promptly stole second and third and scored courtesy of Jineane Williams' sharp single to left.

Janelle Williams followed with a line single off the pitcher's glove and Kellie Morehouse plated Williams with a single to center.

Hanna Olson then delivered the game's key hit as the freshman tripled to the right-field fence. A few pitches later Olson scored the inning's fifth run as she scampered home on Laura Clark's ground ball to the mound.

"We hit the ball well," Takkunen said. "It was great to see Hanna come through with that big triple.

"There is no doubt that we came ready to bat," the coach continued. "Scoring five runs and ripping all of those hits was a great way to open the first inning."

The Lumberjacks added a pair of runs in the fourth on consecutive singles by McLean, Monsrud and Mikayla Dahlin. BHS added another run in the fifth as Bri Glynn walked and eventually scored on Olson's single to left.

Monsrud closed Bemidji's scoring in the lower sixth as she tripled to left and trotted home courtesy of Jineane Williams' sacrifice fly.

For a season opener BHS played well but Takkunen did see areas that need to be addressed.

"I want us to play a little sharper," he said. "We need to be more precise, especially defensively. When you have a goal of getting to the state tournament you have to fix all of the little things that could get in the way."

Monsrud paced the offense with a triple, two singles, an RBI and two runs scored. Jineane Williams had a pair of RBI on a single and sacrifice fly while Morehouse had two singles and Olson contributed a 2-run triple and an RBI single.

The Jacks return to duty Tuesday when they host Coleraine-Greenway at 4:30 p.m.

Bemidji also captured Saturday's junior varsity game as it transformed eight hits and nine walks into a 15-10 victory.

Brianna Neumann earned the pitching victory and Monica Wittner had a save. Tori Koch paced the offense with a triple and two singles while Sylvia Grimm had a pair of singles.

Bemidji 9, Fergus Falls 3

Fergus Falls 101 000 1 - 3 4 1

Bemidji 500 211 x - 9 11 1

Magnusson (L), Knudson (2), Magnusson (6) and Norman. K-7, BB-2

McLean (W) and Clark. K-3, BB-3

Junior Varsity

Bemidji 15, Fergus Falls 10

Fergus Falls 000 322 3 - 10 6 4

Bemidji 120 444 x - 15 8 4

Crowe (L), Johnson (4) and Walvatne. K-6, BB-9

Neumann (W), Witner (S) (5). K-6, BB-7

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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