Grimm, Yost power Bemidji to victory
FERGUS FALLS - Sylvia Grimm drove in the eventual winning runs with a two-run single in the sixth inning and Jess Yost allowed only six hits while striking out seven to power the Bemidji softball team to a 4-2 victory at Fergus Falls Thursday.
The Lumberjacks were missing four players because of injury or illness but the girls who were available came through when called upon.
"The kids did enough to find a way to win," said BHS coach Brad Takkunen. "We didn't have many options with the lineup but we did enough good things to win."
Those good things came early as Courtney Black opened the game with a single. Hanna Olson followed with a sacrifice bunt and Yost scored Black with an RBI single.
The Otters touched Yost for two runs in the lower second on a single, walk and two more singles. Fergus Falls was denied a third run in the stanza, however, when BHS turned a potential wild pitch into a catcher-to-pitcher putout at the plate.
Black and Yost teamed for a similar play in the sixth inning to prevent another Otter run.
"Jess did an outstanding job of blocking the plate on both of those plays," Takkunen said. "The runners could not get to the plate because Jess had the path blocked."
Bemidji tied the game in the fifth when Grimm singled, Jessa Lusby bunted pinch runner Tori Koch to second and Jasmine Yerbich delivered an RBI single.
The Lumberjacks tallied the game-winners in the sixth. Hanna Olson opened the frame with a walk and Jineane Williams singled her to third. Williams stole second and two outs later Grimm plated both runners with a single just past the outstretched glove of the shortstop.
Grimm and Williams each collected a pair of hits to pace the offense.
Bemidji, 8-3, is off until May 3 when it visits West Fargo for a doubleheader.
"We don't play until next week and this is a good time to have seven days off," Takkunen said. "The break will give us time to heal our players who are hurt, including some of them who played despite having nagging injuries."
Bemidji 100 012 0 - 4 8 1
Fergus Falls 020 000 0 - 2 6 1
Yost (W) and Black. K-7, BB-3
Knutson (L) and Swonittek. K-4, BB-1