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Bemidji High School Sports: Rainy day cuts Sagedahl Tournament short

Saturday morning the rain was coming down and it did not appear that the conditions would change any time soon.

Watching the drizzle fall and puddles form at the Bemidji State University baseball diamond were the coaches and officials of the Des Sagedahl Wooden Bat Tournament who were hoping to find a way to play four games.

As the rain continued and the field conditions worsened, however, everyone knew that the best decision was to cancel Saturday's action and head home.

"It didn't make sense to wait out the rain," said BHS coach Mike Fogelson. "We felt that there might be a possibility of getting in one game between the showers but then we would have to decide which game it was going to be. It also would have taken us hours to get the field ready so the sensible thing was to call everything off and send everybody home."

For the record, Bemidji and Duluth East went 1-0 in the tournament while Roseau and Grand Forks Red River were 0-1. Duluth East stopped Roseau 11-1 on Friday and Bemidji blanked Red River 3-0.

Saturday's schedule was to include Red River and Bemidji facing Duluth East and Roseau.

The Lumberjacks have a 9-6 record and need to make up Saturday's lost games, however, as the section seedings are determined by total points won during the regular season.

The Minnesota High School League allows each team to play 20 games and in Section 8-3A the rankings are based on the number of points a team earns. If, for example, Bemidji beats a class AA team the Jacks would earn two points. A victory over a Class AAA team is rewarded with three points.

If a game is a weather victim and cannot be rescheduled, the outcome in the eyes of the Section 8-3A officials is the same as a loss and no points are earned. In this scenario teams who lose games because of weather are punished if they cannot make up those contests.

"We have only played 15 games so far while most of the other teams in the section have played 17 or 18 and probably will get in all 20," Fogelson said. "We really needed to play Saturday."

In lieu of Saturday's games Bemidji and Roseau officials are trying to fashion an arrangement that will see Roseau heading to Bemidji Wednesday for a doubleheader.

Rams coach Tracey Wensloff, a former Bemidji State University player and BHS assistant coach, is more than willing to send his players south on Wednesday and if the Roseau school officials agree, the games will be played.

If Wednesday's twinbill is scheduled the Lumberjacks will have five games next week. On Monday Detroit Lakes heads to Bemidji and Thursday sees the Jacks traveling to Moorhead for a doubleheader.

"If we play Wednesday we'll have one-quarter of our season in four days," Fogelson said. "And we have to get these games in."

The coach believes that Bemidji is in the hunt for the third seed in the 8-3A playoffs but he also sees a scenario which has the Jacks dropping as low as No. 8, especially if Saturday's rainouts are not rescheduled.

The playoffs will begin on Memorial Day at the home of the higher seeds.


Bemidji's softball team is 12-6 and was supposed to end its regular season Saturday at Detroit Lakes against the host team and Thief River Falls. Those games, however, were victims of the weather.

The section seeding conference call is scheduled for today and the tournament is set to begin Wednesday.

Track and Field

The weather forecast for Monday is more favorable than it was for the weekend and that is positive news for the BHS track and field teams who host their annual meet beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Joining the Jacks will be Detroit Lakes, Moorhead and Grand Rapids.

The meet will be held at the BHS track at the high school.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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