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Bemidji baseball team ends losing streak with win at Warroad

Tyler Follis allowed only one run in 4.1 innings of relief and the bats pounded 15 hits as the Bemidji baseball team snapped a three-game losing streak Tuesday with a 13-6 victory at Warroad.

BHS trailed 5-4 when Follis relieved starting pitcher Cody Rutledge and the senior limited Warroad to only one run the rest of the way.

The Lumberjacks offense, meanwhile, took control with three runs in the fifth and iced the win with five in the seventh.

"We needed to stabilize our pitching and Cody and Tyler did that," said BHS coach Mike Fogelson. "After our last few games we needed to pitch better and we certainly did in this game."

Bemidji (4-4) opened the scoring in the first inning when Mitchell Hendricks walked, stole second and scored as Rutledge singled.

The home team answered with a pair in its half of the frame but the Jacks regained the lead with three in the second.

With one out Cody Jenkins singled and Sam Dwyer and Jeremiah Graves walked. Jenkins scored when Hendricks grounded out and Follis' double plated the other two runs.

The Warriors drew within 4-3 with a single run in the second and chased Rutledge by scoring two in the third. Each team scored a run in the fourth, Bemidji's courtesy of Graves' double, an error and Follis' ground ball. Ross Merriman belted a home run for Warroad's tally.

That would be the final run Warroad would score, however, while Bemidji's bats were just getting hot.

In the fifth Zach Solheim doubled, Bellew walked and Jenkins plated both with a double to right. Jenkins eventually scored when Follis singled.

The seventh inning began with Graves ripping a double and Hendricks following with a home run to left. An out later Collin Leif walked and pinch-runner Brandon Larson stole second

Solheim plated Larson with a single and Bellew capped the day with a 2-run round-tripper to left.

Follis finished with four RBI on a single and double while Jenkins had four hits and two RBI.

Solheim, Bellew and Graves also contributed a pair of hits and Graves scored three runs.

"Cody Jenkins had a nice day at the plate," Fogelson said. "As a team we hit well. We had 15 hits but we also had at least five or six hard line-drive outs."

Bemidji returns to action Thursday when it visits Sartell for a 4:30 p.m. game. Solheim is expected to get the call on the mound.

Friday the Lumberjacks will be home for a 4:30 p.m. contest against Fergus Falls.

Bemidji 130 130 5 - 13 15 1

Warroad 212 100 0 - 6 9 3

Rutledge, Follis (3) (W) and Leif. K-6, BB-6

Peterson (L), Merriman (7) and Sandahl, K-3, BB-7

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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