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Bemidji HS softball: Yost's pitching paves way to win over Moorhead

Jess Yost dominated the Moorhead offense and her 12-strikeout mound performance powered the Bemidji softball team to a 5-0 road victory Thursday.

BHS will shoot for its ninth victory in 11 starts today at Brainerd.

"Jess was in command all day," said Bemidji coach Brad Takkunen. "She overpowered Moorhead. Jess gave up only two hits and her only walk came in the seventh inning."

Yost also had a productive day at the plate as she ripped three hits. Janelle Williams also had three hits while Sommer Monsrud collected two.

The Lumberjacks scored a run in the second when Janelle Williams singled, stole second, gained third on an error and scored on Chelsea Johnson's groundout.

BHS settled the issue with three in the third, an inning that began with Taylor McLean's single and stolen base. Monsrud's groundout moved Mclean to third where she scored courtesy of Erika Weimann's sacrifice fly.

Jineane Williams and Yost followed with singles and Janelle Williams plated her sister and pinch-runner Janie Johnson with a single.

Bemidji capped the scoring in the sixth on singles by Larson and Chelsea Johnson plus a wild pitch.

"The girls were a little rusty because we haven't played a full game for 10 days but we put the bat on the ball and forced Moorhead to make the plays," Takkunen said. "And Moorhead didn't make them all.

"We're coming around," the coach continued. "We're doing the things that need to be done. We could be a little sharper in some areas and we will work on those. But I'm happy with how we are playing."