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Bemidji baseball team slips by Roseau with late run

Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Bemidji ended its home baseball schedule Wednesday with a 4-3 victory over Roseau, needing a run in the bottom of the seventh to put away the Rams.

Today the Lumberjacks will travel to Moorhead and Friday they will visit St. Cloud Apollo for a single game starting at 1:30 p.m.

BHS is hoping to sweep this week's action as the Jacks want to secure as many points as they can to improve their Section 8-3A seeding position. Because the 8-3A seeding is solely determined by how many points a team earns during the season, playing 20 games is vital.

Wednesday's victory over Roseau was worth two points while wins over Moorhead or St. Cloud Apollo will give the Jacks three points.

Roseau gave Bemidji all it could handle Wednesday as the teams traded 2-run second innings and each team scored in the third.

The 3-3 stalemate continued until the bottom of the seventh when BHS scratched out the winning run.

Walks to Cody Jenkins and Sam Dwyer opened the inning and the runners advanced on Jeremiah Graves' sacrifice bunt. Mitchell Hendricks was intentionally walked to set up the force plays but the tactic backfired when Collin Leif drilled a shot to short and the relay to the plate was wide and not in time to nail Trent Baker who had come in to pinch run.

"A win is a win," said Bemidji coach Mike Fogleson. "Zach Solheim pitched a solid game for us and kept us in contention. Sometimes you just have to find a way to win."

After the Rams scored twice in the second BHS answered with Solheim's RBI single and Jenkins' sacrifice fly.

Mitchell Hendricks singled, stole second and scored courtesy of Cody Rutledge's single to knot the game at 3-3 in the third.

Solheim went the distance to earn the pitching win, fanning nine and walking four.

Bemidji cruised to a 26-1 win in the junior varsity game. Nick Hovila pitched a no-hitter, Drew Peterson hit for the cycle, a feat which included a grand slam, and Mitch Buckanaga contributed a double and four singles.

Roseau 021 000 0 - 3 5 2

Bemidji 021 000 1 - 4 4 2

Anderson (L), Nelson (7) and Nelson, Anderson (7). K-3, BB-4

Solheim (W) and Leif. K-9, BB-4

Junior Varsity

Roseau 00 1 00 - 1 0 3

Bemidji JV 45(13) 2x - 26 25 2

McCourt and Tangen. K-1, BB-6

Hovila (W) and Buckanaga. K-7, BB-2

Bemidji third baseman Mitchell Hendricks chases Roseau's Ben Vatnsdal in a rundown after Vatnsdal over-ran the bag during the third inning of Wednesday's game.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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