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Jacks beat Mounds View, lose to Tartan in St. Paul

The Bemidji softball team split a pair of games Saturday at the Vadnais Sports Complex in St. Paul, falling 2-0 to Mounds View but recovering to belt St. Paul Tartan 15-8.

The Lumberjacks managed only infield singles by Kellie Morehouse and Hanna Olson in the opener but they erupted for 20 hits in the nightcap.

Taylor McLean was the hard-luck losing pitcher against Mounds View as the senior yielded only four hits. Both of the Mounds View runs were unearned as the Jacks committed two errors and the winners capitalized on both.

In Saturday's second game Brianna Neumann pitched 5.1 innings to earn the victory and Bri Thorson finished.

"We went from two hits in the first game to 20 in the second game," said BHS coach Brad Takkunen whose team improved to 3-1.

Bemidji wasted no time taking control against Tartan. In the first inning Morehouse, Jineane Williams and Janelle Willliams all singled and Olson delivered a 2-run double. McLean followed with an RBI single and the Lumberjacks were ahead to stay.

Anna Pence singled and scored courtesy of an error in the second inning and a single by Janelle Williams, Olson's double and Thorson's single produced a run in the third.

BHS put the game away with four in the fourth, an inning which included singles by Morehouse, Jineane Williams and Olson plus McLean's 2-run double.

The Jacks collected five runs in the fifth with the big blows being Olson's 2-run double, RBI singles by Mikayla Dahlin and Laura Clark and Thorson's RBI double.

In the sixth Summer Monsrud singled and eventually scored courtesy of Janelle William's single.

"The kids responded well after our performance last week against Coleraine-Greenway (a 14-11 Bemidji win)," Takkunen said. "Defensively we played very well and overall it was a positive day."

The Jacks return to action Tuesday when they head to Moorhead for a 5 p.m. game.

Bemidji 000 000 0 - 0 2 2

Mounds View 001 010 x - 2 4 0

McLean (L 2-1) and Clark. K-2, BB-4

Danielson (W) and Larson. K-5, BB-2

Bemidji 311 451 - 15 20 1

Tartan 100 142 - 8 10 3

Neumann (W), Thorson (6) and Olson, Clark (4). K-5, BB-3

Macioch (L) and Kore. K-0, BB-3

NOTE: Game was called after six innings because of time constraints

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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