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Bemidji High School softball: Jacks defeat Fergus Falls 4-3

Jess Yost allowed only three runs in seven innings of pitching and ripped three hits in four at-bats to lead the Bemidji softball team to a 4-3 victory at Fergus Falls Monday.

The Lumberjacks will take a 2-0 record into today's 4:30 p.m. home game against Detroit Lakes.

Yost was working on a shutout until Fergus Falls touched her for three runs in the seventh. The game ended on a come-backer to Yost with the tying run on third base.

"Jess did a fabulous job," said BHS coach Brad Takkunen. "We had just enough offense to get the win and defensively we stuck with it in that seventh inning and didn't panic. "Jess showed a lot of poise for being a freshman pitcher."

Bemidji took a 2-0 lead in the first inning as Jineane Williams, Emily Larson, Janelle Williams and Yost all delivered singles.

Walks to Mikayla Dahlin and Jineane Williams combined with singles by Larson and Janelle Williams for another run in the fifth.

Yost delivered another RBI in the seventh when she singled home Jineane Williams who also had singled.

The Otters made things interesting in the bottom of the seventh as they converted an error, triple, sacrifice fly, two singles and a sacrifice bunt into three runs. But the inning ended when Yost turned a grounder into a pitcher-to-first out.

"This was only our second game of the year and we're learning each day," Takkunen said. "I was very pleased with how we played."

Jineane Williams had a pair of hits and scored two runs.

The Lumberjacks won Monday's junior varsity game 8-5 but dropped the C-team game 7-0.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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