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The 2011 Bemidji High School baseball season culminated with a trip to the state Class 3A tournament and helping the Lumberjacks make it to St. Paul was an offense which compiled a .315 team batting average.

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Leading the way was Collin Leif who ripped 45 hits in 100 official at-bats and posted a .450 average.

Bemidji's lineup featured six players with averages above .300. Leadoff batter Mitchell Hendricks finished with a .373 average and not far behind were Zach Solheim at 368, Tyler Follis at .357, Cody Rutledge at .337 and Cody Jenkins at .326.

Of the team's 258 hits, 90 were for extra bases. The Lumberjacks ripped 60 doubles paced by Hendricks' 13, Follis' 11 and Leif's 10. They also smacked 13 triples, including four by Follis, and 17 home runs. Jenkins and Follis each belted four round-trippers and Mason Bellew contributed three.

Collectively the Jacks stole 29 bases and were caught 11 times. Rutledge set the pace as he was successful on 11 of his 12 stolen base attempts.

Sam Dwyer was Bemidji's version of former Minnesota Twin Don Baylor as he was hit by eight pitches. As a team BHS was plunked 26 times.

Jeremiah Graves started only two games on the Bemidji mound but his 1.85 earned run average over 30.1 innings of work was best on the staff.

Graves also posted a 3-0 record and fanned 21 while walking 17.

Solheim finished 7-3 in 12 appearances, including 11 starts, and his 56.1 innings was team high. He also was third among the pitchers with a 2.98 ERA.

Follis fashioned a 2.46 earned run average in 48.1 innings. He compiled a 4-3 record and had six starts among his nine appearances.

Collectively the staff posted a 3.46 ERA in 194.1 innings. The pitchers allowed 144 runs (96 earned), 206 hits and 103 walks. They also fanned 146.

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

The 2011 Bemidji High School baseball season culminated with a trip to the state Class 3A tournament and helping the Lumberjacks make it to St. Paul was an offense which compiled a .315 team batting average.

Leading the way was Collin Leif who ripped 45 hits in 100 official at-bats and posted a .450 average.

Bemidji's lineup featured six players with averages above .300. Leadoff batter Mitchell Hendricks finished with a .373 average and not far behind were Zach Solheim at 368, Tyler Follis at .357, Cody Rutledge at .337 and Cody Jenkins at .326.

Of the team's 258 hits, 90 were for extra bases. The Lumberjacks ripped 60 doubles paced by Hendricks' 13, Follis' 11 and Leif's 10. They also smacked 13 triples, including four by Follis, and 17 home runs. Jenkins and Follis each belted four round-trippers and Mason Bellew contributed three.

Collectively the Jacks stole 29 bases and were caught 11 times. Rutledge set the pace as he was successful on 11 of his 12 stolen base attempts.

Sam Dwyer was Bemidji's version of former Minnesota Twin Don Baylor as he was hit by eight pitches. As a team BHS was plunked 26 times.

Jeremiah Graves started only two games on the Bemidji mound but his 1.85 earned run average over 30.1 innings of work was best on the staff.

Graves also posted a 3-0 record and fanned 21 while walking 17.

Solheim finished 7-3 in 12 appearances, including 11 starts, and his 56.1 innings was team high. He also was third among the pitchers with a 2.98 ERA.

Follis fashioned a 2.46 earned run average in 48.1 innings. He compiled a 4-3 record and had six starts among his nine appearances.

Collectively the staff posted a 3.46 ERA in 194.1 innings. The pitchers allowed 144 runs (96 earned), 206 hits and 103 walks. They also fanned 146.

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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