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Baseball: Defensive errors cost Bemidji in loss to Grand Rapids

Collin Leif drilled a single to left to plate Jeremiah Graves during the fourth inning of Tuesday's game against Grand Rapids. The visitors took advantage of six Bemidji errors to win 15-6. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

After two stellar performances which led to a 3-0 victory over Brainerd and a 16-0 win at Thief River Falls the Bemidji baseball team stumbled Tuesday at home against Grand Rapids.

BHS committed six errors, half of them in the seventh inning, and the porous defense helped the Thunderhawks post a 15-6 victory at the Bemidji State University diamond.

"I don't think we saw this defensive lapse coming," said Lumberjacks coach Mike Fogelson. "You can't make this many errors and expect to win. We know we have to play better."

Despite the defensive miscues the Jacks trailed only 7-6 heading into the seventh inning. The visitors, however, opened the stanza with a walk and a single and the Jacks fueled the fire with an error.

Before the dust settled Grand Rapids scored eight runs on five hits. BHS aided its cause with three errors.

"There were many opportunities for us to win this game but we couldn't quite get it done and then everything unraveled on us in the seventh inning," Fogelson said.

The Thunderhawks used three consecutive hits to score twice in the first inning but Bemidji responded with three in its half of the stanza. Mitch Hendricks opened the home half of the frame with a single and, after Collin Leif's RBI triple, Tyler Follis drilled a home run.

Grand Rapids used three walks and two singles to score two runs in the second and a pair of BHS errors opened the door for three runs in the fourth.

The home team used an error and singles by Jeremiah Graves and Leif to draw within 7-5 in the lower fourth and an error, passed ball and Follis' single closed the gap to 7-6 after six innings.

"We did many good things at the plate," Fogelson said. "We were down early but our offense responded."

The offense, however, could not offset the fateful seventh.

"We know what we will be working on at the next practice," the coach said. "I'm not overly concerned because I know we will fix our problem. We don't feel we're a bad defensive team. I think we just had a bad day."

Grand Rapids 15, Bemidji 6

Grand Rapids 220 300 8 - 15 11 2

Bemidji 300 201 0 - 6 10 6

Foss (W), Carlisle (5) (S) and Cournoyer. K-4, BB-1

Rutledge (L), Baker (5), Hendricks (7), Solheim (7), Follis (7) and Leif. K-3, BB-6

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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