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BASEBALL: Bemidji grad Rutledge to play at St. Cloud State

ST. CLOUD — Bemidji’s Cody Rutledge will be returning to Minnesota this fall.

After spending this season playing baseball for Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan., the 2012 Bemidji High School graduate will move back to Minnesota to suit up for the St. Cloud State Huskies starting in fall 2013.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound outfielder saw limited action in Kansas but had a stellar high school career, helping lead the Lumberjacks to two Class 3A state tournament appearances and a second place finish in 2012.

In 2012 he hit .500 and earned all state honors and was a finalist for Minnesota’s Mr. Baseball award.

St. Cloud State head coach Cody Dolan said in a press release that he was excited to have a player like Rutledge join the program.

“We are very fortunate to sign Cody,” Dolan said. “He has the potential to be a high impact, middle of the order hitter for us. There are not too many times when we are even in the hunt for a top Minnesota Mr. Baseball finalist.

“To be a 4-year starter for (Bemidji head coach Mike) Folgelson at Bemidji doesn’t happen too often… so that really says something about Cody’s baseball ability and talent.”

The Huskies just finished their season, going 37-11 overall and earning their fourth consecutive NCAA Division II baseball tournament bid.

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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