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Bemidji HS baseball team capitalizes on walks, errors to claim victory against Moorhead

The Bemidji baseball team took full advantage of four Moorhead errors and a handful of walks to post a 12-9 victory Tuesday at Moorhead.

Each team had a pair of big innings and Bemidji's 5-run second and 5-run fifth proved to be the difference.

"It wasn't the prettiest game we've ever played but we played hard and got the win," said Jacks coach Mike Fogelson.

After spotting the Spuds a 4-0 lead in the opening inning BHS scored five in the second on only one hit, a single by Matt Hietala.

His hit was followed by five walks, three of them with the bases loaded, and an error that plated two more runs.

BHS upped its lead to 7-4 in the third. Mason Bellew reached on an error, Booster Ross walked and Josh Kane singled to load the bases. A passed ball scored one run and Mitch Hendricks plated the other with a groundout.

Moorhead drew even with three in the third but Bemidji regained the lead with five in the fifth.

Bellew opened the frame with a double and a walk to Kane and Jeremiah Graves' single loaded the bases. A pair of runs scored when Hendricks' ground ball was booted and Collin Leif drove home another with a single. The final runs scored courtesy of Tyler Follis' ground ball and Cody Rutledge's single.

Bemidji also won the junior varsity contest 16-0 as Trent Baker tossed a 1-hitter while fanning 10. In the freshmen game, Bemidji posted a 6-1 victory behind Ryan Hirt who struck out 16 in six innings.

After five consecutive road games the Jacks will be home 4:30 p.m. Thursday against Hibbing.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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