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Bemidji HS softball plays tough in taking first loss

Chaska scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to hand the Bemidji softball team a 7-6 setback Friday in Chaska.

The Lumberjacks gave the home team all it could handle and BHS coach Brad Takkunen was pleased with the effort.

"It was a good game," Takkunen said, "especially in response to the way we played Tuesday against Detroit Lakes."

Bemidji will continue its road trip to the Twin Cities today when it battles Mounds View at 11 a.m. and Tartan at 2:30 p.m.

Friday at Chaska Bemidji scored three in the first and two in the second. Chaska countered with two in its opening inning and four in the lower second.

The 6-5 Chaska lead continued into the seventh when the Lumberjacks scored a run to tie the game. But Chaska answered with a run in the bottom of the frame to post the victory.

Summer Monsrud opened the game with a walk and Jineane Williams promptly tripled her home for the first run. Williams scored when she beat the throw to the plate on a fielder's choice grounder by Emily Larson. Jess Yost followed with a single and Janelle Williams singled home the third run.

After yielding two Chaska runs in the first inning BHS scored a pair in the upper second. Brianna Glynn walked and Taylor McLean ran for her. Monsrud followed with a single and both runners eventually scored when Jineane Williams doubled.

The home team took a 6-5 lead with four in the second but Bemidji used Larson's single, a walk to Yost and Chelsea Johnson's single to draw even in the seventh.

Chaska, however, scored the winning run on a single, wild pitch, sacrifice bunt and a bloop single over the drawn-in infield.

"We had opportunities to score more runs but we couldn't get the key hit," Takkunen said. "But I like the way we battled and tied the game in the seventh. Overall, I was very happy with how we played."

Bemidji dropped the junior varsity game 20-11.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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