Jacks baseball team ends regular season with 12-8 record, wait for section fate
The waiting game began about 4 p.m. Friday for the Bemidji baseball team as the Lumberjacks awaited news about where they would begin the Section 8-3A playoffs.
BHS had just ended its regular season at 12-8 by overpowering St. Cloud Apollo 7-1 in St. Cloud. Immediately following the game the Lumberjacks owned the sixth seed, according to coach Mike Fogelson's calculations. Apollo, however, was hosting Annandale in the back end of a split-team doubleheader and if Apollo won it would vault ahead of Bemidji in the seedings.
Complicating matters was a steady rain that had just begun to descend over the diamond.
"Right now it looks as if we'll be going to Big Lake on Monday to play against St. Cloud Tech," Fogelson said after Friday's win. "But we could head to Alexandria or to St. Michael-Albertville.
"We just don't know yet."
The section coaches are to have a conference call today to determine the seedings and the playoff schedules.
After being swept Thursday at Moorhead Bemidji ended the regular season on a positive note as Jeremiah Graves pitched the Jacks to the 7-1 victory. Graves allowed only four hits while his offense pounded out 12.
Cody Jenkins contributed two doubles, a single and two RBI.
"We moved Cody from seventh in the batting order to fourth because he's been driving in a ton of runs," Fogelson said. "And Friday he continued to drive in those runs."
Jenkins' first double plated Tyler Follis in the opening inning to give BHS a 1-0 lead. Apollo tied the game in the lower second but Bemidji took the lead for good in the third when Mitchell Hendricks singled, stole second and scored courtesy of Collin Leif's single.
The Lumberjacks put the game away with four in the fourth. Jenkins began the inning with a double and he scored with the help of singles by Cody Rutledge and Zach Solheim.
Mason Bellew's sacrifice bunt and Brandon Larson's sacrifice fly plated another run and, after Sam Dwyer was hit by a pitch, Hendricks drove in two teammates with a double.
BHS added its final run in the fifth when Follis drilled a pitch high off the left-field screen and Jenkins singled him home.
"No matter where we open or who we play I think the section is up for grabs," Fogelson said. "Anyone can win it. We have eight losses and probably will be sixth or seventh. Moorhead swept us Thursday but we finished with a better record and we'll have a higher seed. Brainerd is one of the top teams and it has six losses.
"I really think anybody can win it," the coach added.
Bemidji 101 410 0 - 7 12 2
St. Cloud Apollo 010 000 0 - 1 4 1
Graves (W) and Leif. K-4, BB-5
Wood (L) and Mueller, Ashwill. K-2, BB-0