Jacks baseball, tennis teams begin new seasons
For many sports enthusiasts spring officially will arrive today when the Bemidji High School baseball team will tangle with Brainerd at the Bemidji State University diamond.
The Beavers practiced at the site Tuesday and BHS coach Mike Fogelson took a tour of the diamond Wednesday morning. Although the grounds were a bit soggy because of the escaping frost, Fogelson was pleased with what he saw and determined that baseball season had finally arrived.
"Both teams are going to be excited to be outside. The fans are going to be excited to be outside. Let's play some baseball," Fogelson said Wednesday.
The Lumberjacks have had six outdoor practices and are eager to see how the lessons learned during those workouts will translate into game situations.
And Brainerd, which played in the state tournament last spring, will give the Jacks a stern test.
"This will be a nice early-season test for us," Fogelson said. "Brainerd always is a tough team to play against but we're excited to go. It's hard not to be excited when you begin the season."
Zach Solheim will open on the mound and his battery mate will be Collin Leif.
The infield will feature Mason Bellew at first, Jeremiah Graves at second, Tyler Follis at short and Mitch Hendricks at third.
The outfield will include Dom Hayle in left, Cody Rutledge in center and Cody Jenkins in right.
The BHS boys tennis team also is scheduled to begin its campaign today as the Lumberjacks are set to play a dual at Perham.
Bemidji coach Mark Fodness is hoping the courts will be ready but Monday some of them still were covered with snow and ice.
The thought, however, is that this week's sun and warmer temperatures should have made the courts playable.
Perham officials promised to give Fodness an updated appraisal today.