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BHS baseball team starts fast in loss at Grand Rapids

Bemidji needed only three pitches to score its first run Wednesday at Grand Rapids but the Lumberjacks' offense struggled the rest of the way and the home team saddled the Jacks with a 5-2 loss.

Back-to-back doubles to open the game by Mitchell Hendricks and Tyler Follis gave BHS the early 1-0 advantage. Bemidji squandered a potential big inning, however, as a pair of Lumberjacks were retired on fielder's choice ground balls when they were not forced to run.

Starting pitcher Zach Solheim retired Grand Rapids without incident in the lower first but the Thunderhawks took advantage of a pair of errors to score four runs in the second.

A hit batter and two singles set the table for Reid Holum's 2-run double and an error and missed plays paved the way for the other two runs.

"There were three plays we should have made in that inning," said BHS coach Mike Fogelson. "Even though only one was scored as an error there were three plays we didn't make that we should have."

Grand Rapids combined a double, sacrifice bunt and single into a run in the third and Bemidji's 5-1 deficit continued into the seventh.

The Lumberjacks did have a golden opportunity to score in the upper third when Hendricks and Follis singled with one down. An out later Cody Rutledge reached on another single to load the bases but Grand Rapids starting pitcher Tyrel Cournoyer escaped danger by recording a strikeout.

In the Bemidji seventh Jeremiah Graves was hit by reliever Greg Carlisle to open the stanz and Hendricks promptly doubled Graves to third where he was in position to score on Follis' grounder.

With two out Rutledge and Solheim were hit by pitches to load the bases but the rally ended when Mason Bellew grounded to short.

Hendricks pounded two doubles and a pair of singles while Follis contributed a double and a single.

"We had eight hits and we should have produced more than two runs," Fogelson said.

Solheim went three innings on the mound and was the losing pitcher. Graves pitched the final three frames.

"This was a disappointing game," Fogelson said. "We should have played better than we did."

Wednesday's loss leveled Bemidji's record at 6-6 while Grand Rapids improved to 4-6, two of the wins at the expense of Bemidji. The Lumberjacks will be back in action Saturday when they entertain Sauk Rapids at 1 p.m.

In Wednesday's junior varsity game Mark Fenner opened the top of the third with a double and before the Thunderhawks knew what them the Jacks scored 11 runs. That explosion carried Bemidji to a 16-10 win.

Ryan Hirt was the winning pitcher and he also contributed a pair of singles. Nick Connor had two doubles and Billy Baumgartner two singles.

Bemidji (7-3) will also be in action Saturday against Sauk Rapids.

Bemidji 100 000 1 - 2 8 1

Grand Rapids 041 000 x - 5 8 0

Solheim (L), Graves (3) and Leif. K-3, BB-3

Cournoyer (W), Bender (6), Carlisle (7) and Bischoff. K-9, BB-0

Junior Varsity

Bemidji 00(11) 010 4 - 16 16 5

Grand Rapids 10 2 105 1 - 10 8 3

Hirt (W), McNallan (6) and Crosby. K-7, BB-10

Havel (L) and Frazer. K-2, BB-12

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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