BHS baseball: Jacks divide twin bill at Warroad
The Bemidji Lumberjacks bounced back from a heartbreaking first game loss Monday to gain a split of their twin bill at Warroad, taking the nightcap 5-3 after a 4-3 setback.
The split left Bemidji at the .500 mark at 8-8. The team is idle until hosting the Des Sagedahl Invitational this weekend, opening with Fargo South Friday night and facing Duluth East and Fargo North Saturday.
Bemidji came within one pitch of a sweep. Warroad took the opener with a three-run homer that wiped out a 3-1 Bemidji lead.
Chad Head went the route in the nightcap on a four hitter for his first varsity win.
The opener was a mound duel between Bemidji's Josh Kane and Brett Hebel of the Warriors.
Kane hurled a two hitter. Hebel allowed three.
But he won his own game with one swing of the bat, following two walks in the last of the sixth with a line drive homer over the left field fence.
That turned a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead which held up.
Bemidji continued its anemic attack. But it bunched its two hits with some sloppy Warroad fielding to score its three runs in the third.
Jeremiah Graves opened the frame with a line drive single to left. He advanced on a passed ball.
Luke Bruns bunted and gained first when the ball was not fielded with Graves taking third.
He beat the throw home on Nick Lee's sacrifice bunt.Three errors followed for the next four batters as Bemidji widened the gap to 3-0.
But Hebel got the next two batters on pop ups to strand the bases loaded..
That would be the only Bemidji threat as the Jacks had only two more base runners, Lee reaching with two outs in the fourth on an error and again with one gone in the seventh on a single.
But he was caught stealing and Hebel got the final out to end the game.
He fanned two and walked none, which in the long run, was the difference.
Warroad got one back in the third when Aaron Storey reached on an error, moved to second on a ground out and scored on Nic Gray's single with two gone.
Kane faced only six batters the next two frame aided by a strike out, throw out twin killing.
But the junior righthander walked Lars Anderson and Gray to open the sixth and Hebel, deposited the next pitch well over the left field fence.
Trevor Andrews came on at this point and issued two more walks before ending the frame.
But Bemidji was unable to get the tying run across the plate.
The two Bemidji hurlers had six strikeouts but walked seven. Kane's loss was his first.
Head survived one bad inning to finish strong.
Bemidji again jumped to a 3-0 lead early only to see Warroad tie the score with a three-run fourth.
But Head allowed only one base runner the final three frames to get the win, He fanned four and walked three in going the distance.
Lars Anderson gave up six hits, fanned 10 and walked three.
Bemidji scored in the first when Matt Hietala walked, stole second and scored on a Sol Schneider single.
It became 3-0 in the third when Graves led off with a home run, only the second four master struck by the Jacks this year.
Lee beat out an infield single and with two gone scored on a single by Schneider.
But Warroad fought back in the fourth as Nick Carpenter doubled and a walk and single loaded the bases. Brent Cole doubled two with another two bagger and the third scored on Shawn Storey's sacrifice fly.
Bemidji took back the lead in the fifth when Graves looped a double over second, moved to third on Lee's sacrifice and scored on a wild pitch.
Lofgren then walked, stole second and scored on a Hietala single.
That was to be Bemidji's last threat, but this time it was enough.
Schneider and Graves had two hits in the Jacks six hit attack. No one had two for Warroad
The Warroad fell to 9-6.