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Bemidji HS baseball team wins one game at Des Sagedahl Tournament

Bemidji first baseman Mason Bellew, right, outraced Duluth East's Max Medlin for a force out during Saturday afternoon's Des Sagedhal Tournament game at BSU Baseball Field. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren

The Bemidji baseball team finished 1-2 this weekend at the Des Sagedahl Wooden Bat Tournament.

Friday's action saw BHS down Grand Forks Red River 4-2 but Saturday afternoon the Lumberjacks were nipped 2-1 by Duluth East.

In Saturday night's finale the Jacks dropped a 3-1 decision to Fargo North.

Duluth East went 3-0 to take the tournament title while Fargo North finished 2-1 and Red River 0-3.

In the loss to Duluth East the visitors scored the winning run in the sixth on a single by Neal Walsh and Brady Olson's double. East opened the scoring in the first inning as singles by Walsh, Olson and Zach Farmer combined for a run.

The Lumberjacks tied the game in the second as Matt Hietala singled with two out and stole second. Tyler Tatro singled him home.

Bemidji threatened only one other inning against East pitcher Riley Grandson. In the fourth Cody Rutledge walked to open the frame and gained second two outs later when Tatro singled. The opportunity ended, however, when Josh Kane hit into a force at third.

Zach Solheim went the distance on the Bemidji mound and took the loss.

In the tournament finale Bemidji starter Matt Schneider and his North counterpart Mike Brooks matched blanks on the scoreboard through four innings.

In the fifth, however, Fargo North struck for three runs on three singles and two walks. The key hit was a 2-run single by Ben Moore.

The Lumberjacks were held hitless until the third when Cole Bardwell singled to center. Bardwell was quickly erased on the bases when he was nailed trying to steal, however. The inning continued when Jeremiah Graves was hit by a pitch and Mitch Hendricks reached on an error.

Collin Leif, however, bounced into a double play to end that threat.

Bemidji finally scored in the sixth when Leif walked, Follis hit into a fielder's choice and Rutledge delivered an RBI double along the left-field line.

Tatro kept the rally alive with a walk but, after Fargo North brought in reliever Christian Mosset, Matt Hietala grounded to second for the third out.

BHS was retired in order in the seventh.

Friday against Red River, the Jacks forged a 1-0 lead in the opening stanza as Hendricks doubled, Leif had a bunt single and Rutledge singled in Hendricks.

Red River tied the game in the second but BHS regained the lead with three runs in the lower third.

Leif reached on an error and Cole Bardwell came in to run. Tyler Follis walked and a pair of wild pitches plated the lead runner. An out later Mason Bellew walked and Hietala plated Follis with a ground ball. Tatro capped the inning with an RBI single.

Red River drew within 4-2 in the upper sixth but BHS pitcher Ryan Stevens limited the damage. Stevens earned the victory and Kane, who relieved in the seventh, collected the save.

The Lumberjacks will close their regular season this week with Monday's game at Detroit Lakes and Thursday's home contest against Moorhead.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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