Jacks top Greenway in season opener
GREENWAY - Despite the cold weather, the Bemidji High School softball team pounded out 12 runs on 13 hits to defeat Greenway 12-7 in its first game of the season.
"I was surprised that we hit as well as we did," Bemidji head coach Brad Takkunen said. "Sometimes girls really don't want to hit in this kind of weather, but the fact that they did so well today really shows how competitive they are. "
The Lumberjacks were boosted by a seven-run fifth inning where they strung hits together and capitalized on the Raiders' mistakes.
Hannah Olson provided the big hit for Bemidji in that inning with a two-run double. She finished the game with a pair of hits.
After the big fifth inning, Greenway stayed competitive by scoring five runs in the final three innings, but the 12-2 deficit was too much to handle.
Jasmin Yerbich and Sylvia Grimm each had three hits for the Lumberjacks.
Brianna Neumann was the winning pitcher for the Lumberjacks. She pitched all seven innings, allowing eight hits and three walks, while striking out one.
Kayla McInerney pitched for the Raiders. She allowed 13 hits and surrendered nine walks while picking up four strikeouts.
Both teams showed early-season flaws by committing three errors.
"We told the girls this is obviously something to build on," Takkunen said. "If we can improve our defense, we can be a real solid team."
Bemidji (1-0) will return to the diamond Saturday, when it hosts Detroit Lakes at 12:30 and Thief River Falls/Goodridge/Grygla-Gatzke at 2:30.