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SOFTBALL: Bemidji, Yost shut down Duluth East

DULUTH — Behind a two-hit shutout from Jess Yost the Bemidji High School softball team overcame a chilly spring day in Duluth and defeated Duluth East 6-0 Thursday night.

“We played well today,” BHS head coach Brad Takkunen said. “Jess pitched well, we didn’t have any errors and we had enough hits to get the job done.”

The Lumberjacks (8-3) had just five hits in the game, but benefitted from two errors by the Greyhounds (3-5) as well as four walks by Duluth East pitcher Vanessa Cole.

“We just did a lot of pecking away,” Takkunen said. “We didn’t have any player with more than one hit but we all just took advantage.”

Jessa Lusby led the Lumberjacks with an RBI double; four other Jacks hit singles.

Bemidji scored four runs in the third inning, including two on an East error. Then the Lumberjacks added single runs in the fourth and sixth innings.

Yost, meanwhile, shut the Greyhounds down completely. She struck out nine and walked just one.

Just one East runner got past first base, in the first inning.

“Jess just really took over for us,” Takkunen said.

The Lumberjacks return to action today for their first home game of the season. They will take on Buffalo at 4:30 p.m.

Bemidji 6, Duluth East 0

Bemidji 004 101 0 – 6 5 0

Duluth East 000 000 0 – 0 2 2

Yost (W) and Black. K-9, BB-1.

Cole (L) and Dailey. K-8, BB-4.

Jack Hittinger

Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.

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