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Bemidji HS baseball: Graves hits home run in extra innings, leads Jacks to win over Rams

Jeremiah Graves belted a home run in the top of the ninth inning and his blast provided the winning run as the Bemidji baseball team outlasted Roseau 7-5 Tuesday in Roseau.

The Lumberjacks, who hadn't played in over two weeks because of weather problems, rallied from a 5-3 deficit with two runs in the top of the sixth. The 5-5 deadlock continued until the ninth when Graves blasted his round-tripper.

Following the home run Tyler Follis beat out an infield single, stole second and scored on a pair of wild pitches.

Zach Solheim, who started his pitching relief stint in the eighth, retired the Rams in order in the ninth to earn the victory.

"The game went as I expected," BHS coach Mike Fogelson said. "Roseau played very well and we were a little rusty. But we did what we needed to do in order to win the game. We had some clutch performances."

The Lumberjacks opened the scoring in the first inning when Follis doubled and Cody Rutledge singled him home.

Roseau answered with a solo tally in the second and each team scored a pair in the fourth. Bemidji's runs were produced by Rutledge's double, a walk to Matt Hietala, an error and a wild pitch.

The Rams took the lead with two in the fifth but BHS tied the game with a pair in the sixth. Tyler Tatro began the rally with a two-out walk and, after Ryan Stevens walked, Graves drove them in with a hit.

The sixth-inning runs set the stage for Bemidji's rally in the ninth.

The Jacks, 6-3, return to action Thursday when they visit Grand Forks Central for a doubleheader. Friday sees Bemidji entertaining Alexandria in a twinbill.