Softball, baseball, girls golf teams at home
Another busy week is in store for the Bemidji High School spring athletic teams but, as was the case last week, the vast majority of the action will be on the road.
Only the softball, baseball and girls golf teams will be at home and that string begins 4:30 p.m. today when the softball squad entertains Duluth East.
On Friday the girls golfers will stage their annual invitational at the Bemidji Town & Country Club while the baseball team will host Alexandria in a doubleheader at the BSU diamond beginning at 4 p.m.
Bemidji brings a 6-3 record into today's twinbill and will be riding the momentum generated by a dramatic come-from-behind 13-11 Saturday victory over Tartan.
The Lumberjacks began Saturday with a 3-0 loss at Mounds View and later that long and rainy afternoon they traveled to Tartan. For three innings Bemidji's play was as soggy as the weather and the home team forged what seemed to be a comfortable 9-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, however, the tempo changed.
"We started swinging the bats," said BHS coach Brad Takkunen.
That change in philosophy resulted in a seven-run fourth and, after Bemidji scored one in the fifth and three times in the sixth, the Jacks were on top 11-9. Tartan scored a pair in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings but BHS answered with two in the upper eighth to win.
"The girls demonstrated that they can be successful and that they want to be successful," Takkunen said.
Duluth East is 2-1 with wins over Cambridge (12-4) and Cloquet (9-1) and a loss to Duluth Denfeld (12-2).
On Thursday Bemidji will return to the road with a game at Fergus Falls.
Saturday also saw the baseball team in the Twin Cities playing at Eagan and at Minneapolis South. The Eagan game was played in a steady cold drizzle and the Lumberjacks needed five runs in the eighth inning to post a 12-8 win.
At Minneapolis South the home team rallied from a 7-1 deficit to trail only 7-6 heading into the seventh. Bemidji, however, erupted for nine runs in the final stanza to cap a 16-6 triumph.
Mitchell Hendricks relieved in both games, earning a victory in the opener and a save in the nightcap.
Cody Rutledge had a pair of hits in each contest and enters Friday's doubleheader with 18 hits.
The Jacks head to Brainerd today for a quadrangular meet and on Friday some of the athletes will travel to Hamline for the elite meet.
Last Friday BHS won the boys division at the Beaver Relays while the girls finished second.
Winning individual events for the girls team were Ellen Wall in the 400 (59.73) and long jump (15-8), Dani Gronhovd in the 800 (2:32.50), Kim Truedson in the 1,600 (5:37.36), Amber Peterson in the pole vault (8-6) and Allie Heifort in the discus (112-4).
Also winning were the 4x400 and 4x800 relays.
The boys were paced by the winning efforts of Tyler Guest in the 400 (53.10), Sam Carlson in the 1,600 (4:39.25), Tanner Phillips in the 110 hurdles (17.6), Nick Gubbels in the 300 hurdles (43.06) and Zach Declusin in the high jump (6-0).
BHS also captured the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
Friday's Bemidji Invitational hosted by the girls team begins at 9:30 a.m. and coach Jeff Nelson is hoping that his young players can continue their early-season successes.
Over the weekend the Jacks placed third among 16 teams at the 36-hole Brainerd Invitational held at The Preserve and The Pines golf courses.
On Saturday Bemidji and its peers played nine holes in miserable weather at The Legacy near Brainerd. Because the golfers had a shotgun start and were not able to complete the entire round, the individual and team scores were matched against par. Bemidji eventually placed fourth in the 20-team field.
The boys travel to Brainerd today to play The Pines and Saturday they will compete at The Vintage in Staples.
Last Friday the Jacks shot 315 and placed eighth after the first day of the scheduled 36-hole Brainerd Invitational. Saturday's round was a weather victim, however.
Lumberjack Trey Dale was the first-day medalist and when Saturday's round was a washout Dale was declared the winner.
Bemidji will take a 3-2 dual record into today's meet at Detroit Lakes. The Lumberjacks also will be at Thief River Falls on Thursday and at the Moorhead Invitational Saturday.
BHS is coming off last week's 5-2 victory at East Grand Forks.