BHS Friday preview: Jacks baseball opens weekend at home
The Bemidji High baseball team opens a busy weekend today, hosting Grand Forks Central at 4:30 at the BSU stadium.
Tomorrow it heads south to battle Alexandria in a major test.
The tennis team entertains Crookston today at 4:00 and takes on Moorhead here tomorrow at 11.
The girls golf team, meanwhile plays at Long Prairie today and The Vintage tomorrow in the Staples Invitational.
The baseball team hopes to snap a four game slide against Grand Forks.
Central is 1-8 in the Eastern Dakota Conference for eighth place in a nine team league. Overall the Knights are 5-10.
Alex will post a far stiffer test. The Cards divided their twin bill with Brainerd this week to reach 6-2 in the Central Lakes and 10-4 overall.
Last year Bemidji bombed Central 14-0 on a no hitter by Tom Jonsten. The Jacks and Cardinals did not meet.
The Jacks last game at Hibbing Tuesday was rained out. Attempts to reschedule it tonight as part of a split twin bill were unsuccessful.
To make up the loss, Bemidji may play a double header at Warroad Monday rather than the scheduled single game.
Coach Mike Fogelson will hold back Simon Anderson to work tomorrow's game at Alex in what could be a classic mound duel.
Right-handers Tyler Follis (0-2) or Jeremiah Graves (2-0) will get the starting call today. Both of Graves' wins have come in relief.
Billy Statton will be behind the plate with Matt Hietala or Auston Zetah at first, Cody Rutledge at second or short depending on who pitches and Sol Schneider at third.
Derek Lofgren, Anderson and Tony Baumgartner or Nick Lee will man the outfield with Rutledge also an outfield possibility tomorrow.
Defensively, it has committed only 16 errors, excellent for a high school team.
The B Team brings a 5-5 mark to its games this weekend. The varsity is 6-6.
Net team favored
The tennis team will be favored at home against two teams it has beaten in duals or tournament play.
Bemidji met the Pirates earlier in a dual and won 5-2 on a trip that also included a win at East Grand Forks.
Bemidji finished well ahead of the Spuds at Moorhead's Invitational and will face them again at the Fergus Falls triangular later this month.
Moorhead won its dual from Crookston 5-2 this spring.
Coach Scott Engelstad will to with Sam Weaver, Ben Holter and Ryan Rude at the top three singles.
Aaron Johnson and Steve Bucher will play No. 1 doubles and Adam Holter and Kyle Fodness No. 2.
The fourth singles and third doubles were to be filled at Thursday's practice.
Bemidji reached 9-2 with its rain shortened 4-0 win over East Grand Tuesday. The JV takes a 4-4 mark to its weekend matches.
The girls golfers will play the site of the Section 8 tournament today at Long Prairie., Tomorrow they play The Vintage where Bemidji legend Bill Israelson is club pro.
Last year, Bemidji finished fourth among 16 teams at Long Prairie and sixth among 18 at Staples.
Coach Jeff Nelson will have his full contingent on hand with senior Kelsey Bretschneider, juniors Shelby Sauer and Emily Frosaker and soph Megan Phelps expected to be the four scores backed by junior Marissa Loch and soph Erin Buckanaga.
The team found the two Resort Courses on the north Range major tests last week with no player bettering 94 at either The Quarry or The Wilderness.
Nelson hopes to get some of the golfers into the 80's this weekend.
The girls JV winds up its season today at the Detroit Lakes Country Club.