BEMIDJI - Claiming the top seed in Section 8-3A continues to be the goal of the Bemidji baseball team, and this weekend the Lumberjacks continued to serve notice that they deserve that ranking by capturing the title of the Des Sagedahl Wooden Bat tournament.
After downing Grand Forks Red River 10-7 and dismantling Duluth East 10-0 on Friday, BHS capped its tournament with a 12-2 victory over Roseau Saturday afternoon. The Jacks finished the tourney 3-0 while Red River ended 2-1, Roseau 1-2 and Duluth East 0-3.
"It was a productive weekend," said Bemidji coach Mike Fogelson. "We entered the weekend with the top seed in the section and our goal was to maintain that position. The best way to stay on top of the section was to sweep the tournament and that is what we did."
During the three games the Lumberjacks scored 32 runs. Against Roseau in Saturday's finale BHS pounded 12 hits and leading the charge was Connor McNallan, who collected five RBIs on a double and two singles.
Bemidji opened the scoring in the first inning when Cody Rutledge coaxed a two-out walk and Collin Leif followed with a triple to right field.
BHS continued its assault in the second inning, as a walk to Mason Bellew, singles by Sam Dwyer, McNallan, Nick Hovila and Rutledge, plus two Roseau errors combined for four runs.
The Rams scored a pair in the upper third but the Lumberjacks answered with five runs to put the game on ice.
Cody Jenkins began the onslaught with a triple and he promptly scored courtesy of Bellew's single. Nick Conner singled and Dwyer was hit by a pitch to load the bases and McNallan followed with two-run double.
Mitchell Hendricks added another two-run double down the right-field line to up the lead to 10-2.
Bemidji set the table for a premature end of the game via the 10-run rule with two more runs in the lower fourth. Keying that rally were RBI singles by McNallan and Hovila.
Drew Peterson went the distance to earn the pitching victory. The junior struck out one and walked three.
In Friday's late game Bemidji caught fire in the latter innings and eventually coasted to the win.
BHS was held without a hit during the first three frames but in the fourth inning Leif's RBI single and a passed ball gave the Jacks a 2-0 advantage.
Bemidji settled matters with six runs in the fifth. Hovila began the stanza with a home run to left and before the dust settled Leif, Jenkins, Bellew and McNallan each would provide an RBI single.
Rutledge ripped a run-scoring double in the sixth and Jordan Sweep followed with his game-ending RBI single.
Leif paced the offense with a double, single and two RBI.
Hendricks earned the pitching victory with a route-going performance.
Bemidji, 17-1, returns to action Monday with a game at Detroit Lakes.
Des Sagedahl Tournament
Friday's Late Result
Duluth East 000 000 - 0 2 2
Bemidji 000 262 - 10 9 0
Anderson (L), Zwak (5), Irwin (6) and Smith. K-3, BB-5
Hendricks (W) and Leif. K-3, BB-2
Grand Forks Red River 8, Roseau 5
Bemidji 12, Roseau 2
Roseau 002 00 - 2 5 2
Bemidji 145 2x - 12 12 2
Vatnsdal (L), Hulst (3), Halvorson (4) and Halvorson, Markstrom (4). K-4, BB-4
Peterson (W) and Leif, Sweep (5). K-1, BB-3
Bemidji 3-0, Red River 2-1, Roseau 1-2, Duluth East 0-3