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Bemidji HS baseball splits doubleheader with Warroad

Bemidji High School second baseman Jeremiah Graves, left, tags out Warroad's Ross Merriman on an attempted steal during the second inning of the first game on Tuesday evening at the BSU Baseball stadium. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

The Bemidji baseball team split a home doubleheader with Warroad Tuesday, taking the first game 9-4 but dropping the nightcap by the same score.

The opener was deadlocked 4-4 until BHS erupted for five runs in the bottom of the sixth. The visitors, despite trailing by five runs in their last at-bat, made things interesting by loading the bases in the top of the seventh.

The Jacks, however, escaped unscathed as pitcher Tyler Follis coaxed a comebacker for the final out.

Warroad struck first as Matt Myrick belted a solo home run down the left field line with one out in the opening stanza. The 1-0 lead continued until the third when Bemidji scored three times.

Josh Kane opened the frame with a walk and Jeremiah Graves bunted him to second. Mitch Hendricks singled and advanced to second when Warroad right fielder Brett Hebel threw to third.

Collin Leif followed with an RBI single and an out later Hendricks scored on the back side of a double-steal with pinch-runner Cole Bardwell.

Cody Rutledge singled home Bardwell for the third run of the inning.

BHS upped its advantage to 4-1 in the fourth when Mason Bellew doubled and Matt Hietala singled him home.

Warroad drew within 4-3 in the fifth and tied the game in the sixth on a double, groundout and sacrifice fly.

The Lumberjacks, however, took control with five in the lower sixth.

Rutledge began the onslaught with a rocket home run down the third base line. An out later Tyler Tatro walked and pinch-runner Bardwell eventually scored on an errant throw.

Kane kept the inning alive with a walk and, after stealing second, scored on Graves' single. Hendricks doubled home Graves and Collin Leif singled in Hendricks for the final run.

Follis went the distance to earn the pitching victory. He fanned six and walked four.

Hendricks had a double and two singles in three at-bats. Rutledge finished with a home run and a single and Leif contributed a pair of singles.

The Lumberjacks did not fare as well in the rematch as Warroad scored three in the first and four in the second to take control.

Chad Head lasted only 1.2 innings on the Bemidji mound and he was touched for seven runs. Rutledge relieved with two down in the second.

Trailing 7-0 the Jacks scored a pair in the third. Kane and Graves opened the inning with singles and an error on Hendricks' liner to left loaded the bases. Leif grounded into a pitcher-to-second fielder's choice for an RBI and Follis scored Graves with a single. Another groundout and a strikeout ended the inning.

Wildness on the part of Warroad pitcher Brett Hebel helped the Jacks whittle at their deficit in the fifth. Hebel hit three batters in the frame, yielded an RBI single to Rutledge and issued a bases-loaded walk to Trato. The result was a 2-run inning and a 7-4 BHS deficit heading into the sixth inning.

The visitors iced the win in the seventh,however, when a pair of walks, a double and a single produced two runs.

Tuesday's split gave the Lumberjacks, who host the annual Des Sagedahl wooden bat tournament this weekend, a 10-5 record. Warroad improved to 11-3.

First Game

Warroad 100 021 0 - 4 6 1

Bemidji 003 105 x - 9 12 1

Peterson (L), Merriman (7) and Sandahl. K-2, BB-4

Follis (W) and Leif, Voss (7). K-6, BB-4

Second Game

Warroad 340 000 2 - 9 10 3

Bemidji 002 020 0 - 4 6 1

Hebel and Sandahl

Head (L), Rutledge (2), Graves (4) and Leif, Voss (4)

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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