Jacks draw the No. 6 seed in section baseball tournament
The Bemidji baseball team received the sixth seed in the Section 8AAA field and will open its tournament schedule noon Monday in Moorhead against No. 11 St. Cloud Apollo.
If the Lumberjacks win that game they will advance to the second round and a 3 p.m. contest against Moorhead which was ranked third.
Brainerd earned the top seed while St. Michael-Albertville was second, Big Lake fourth and Sartell fifth.
In addition to the Bemidji-Apollo game, other first-round action Monday sees No. 8 Sauk Rapids tangling with No. 9 St. Cloud Tech and No. 7 Monticello battling No. 10 Alexandria.
The Sauk-Rapids-Tech winner will play Brainerd at 3 p.m. while the Monticello-Alexandria survivor will play St. Michael-Albertville.
Monday's other upper-bracket second-round game sees Sartell visiting Big Lake.
The field will be reduced to four teams after Monday's action and those teams will be involved in a double-elimination tournament beginning June 5 at the St. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex.
Bemidji is coming off Thursday's 10-2 home loss to Moorhead and will take a 12-8 record into Monday's contest. Apollo is 6-14.
"We will have to play better in the tournament than we played Thursday against Moorhead," said BHS coach Mike Fogelson. "Apollo is a very good team and we're going to have to get after them and take advantage of our opportunities. My hope is that we will play well against Apollo and get another shot at Moorhead.
"But right now Moorhead comes into the conversation only because that is where we will play Apollo. We're not even thinking about Moorhead," Fogelson added.
Ryan Stevens will get the pitching assignment against Apollo but the key to a BHS victory will be the offense.
"We have to get our bats going again," Fogelson, whose team managed only three hits in Thursday's loss to Moorhead, said. "We've hit the ball well all year until the last 10 days. And we have to get our offense going again."
Section 8AAA Tournament Pairings
Game 1: No. 8 Sauk Rapids (10-9) vs. No. 9 St. Cloud Tech (9-11) at Brainerd, noon. (Loser eliminated).
Game 2: No. 7 Monticello (11-9) vs. No. 10 Alexandria (8-12) at St. Michael-Albertville, noon. (Loser eliminated)
Game 3: No. 6 Bemidji (12-8) vs. No. 11 Apollo (6-14), at Moorhead, noon. (Loser eliminated)
Game 4: Game 1 winner at No. 1 Brainerd (16-4), 3 p.m. (Loser eliminated)
Game 5: No. 5 Sartell (12-8) at No. 4 Big Lake (13-6), noon. (Loser eliminated)
Game 6: Game 2 winner at No. 2 St. Michael-Albertville (15-5), 3 p.m. (Loser eliminated)
Game 7: Game 3 winner at No. 3 Moorhead (16-4), 3 p.m. (Loser eliminated)
At St. Cloud MAC
Game 8: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, noon
Game 9: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner, noon
Game 10: Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 3 p.m.
Game 11: Game 8 loser vs. Game 9 loser, 3 p.m. (Loser eliminated)
Game 12: Game 10 loser vs. Game 11 winner, 4 p.m.
Game 13: Repeat of Game 12, if necessary