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BHS ROUNDUP: Lumberjacks split at Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS -- Ryan Hirt and two relievers combined on a 1-hitter and Erik Fitzgerald pounded four hits to lead the Bemidji baseball team to a 10-2 victory Monday in the opening game of a doubleheader here.

The home team took the nightcap 4-2 as it scored three unearned runs in the first inning and maintained the lead the rest of the way.

"We had a shot at winning both games but when you play at Grand Rapids, a split isn't too bad," said BHS coach Mike Fogelson. "In the first game we scored early and then we pulled Ryan so we could use him again on Saturday. In the second game Grand Rapids threw its ace and we did fine against him."

Bemidji began the doubleheader with five runs in the first inning of the opener and the Thunderhawks never threatened.

James Hendricks singled to start the game and singles by Fitzgerald, Collin Rutledge and Thomas Revering produced two runs. Dan Johnson doubled home another and the final two runs of the frame crossed the plate when Lucas Goins' line drive to the outfield was dropped.

BHS added a solo run in the third when Goins singled, Hendricks walked and Fitzgerald singled home Goins.

The Jacks cemented the victory with three runs in the fourth. Hirt singled to start the rally and after Johnson walked, Goins singled home the lead runner. An error on Parker Lucas' ground ball plated Johnson and Hendricks singled home the final run.

In the fifth inning Rutledge doubled and Revering singled him home.

Hirt worked the first three innings, Seth Anderson pitched two frames and Matt Morgan tossed the final two. They combined for six strikeouts but walked nine Thunderhawks.

Fitzgerald had four singles to pace the attack. Rutledge contributed a double and two singles, Revering ripped three singles and Goins and Hendricks had two singles.

In the rematch BHS scored a run in the first on Hendricks' single and a Grand Rapids error but the home team took advantage of walk and an error to set the stage for a 3-run double in its half of the frame.

Bemidji used singles by Fitzgerald and Hirt to score a run in the upper third but the Thunderhawks answered with one in the lower half of the inning.

Rutledge went the distance on Bemidji's mound, fanning two and walking four.

The Jacks will make their home debut Friday when they entertain Alexandria. On Saturday they will return to Grand Rapids to face Eagen and Eden Prairie.

First Game

Bemidji 501 310 0 - 10 17 1

Grand Rapids 001 100 0 - 2 1 2

Hirt (W), Anderson (4), Morgan (6) and Revering. K-6, BB-9

Stram (L), Johnson (4), Warren (5) and Carlisle. K-8, BB-4

Second Game

Bemidji 101 000 0 - 2 6 2

Grand Rapids 301 000 x - 4 5 1

Rutledge (L) and Revering. K-2, BB-4

Gessell (W) and Carlisle. K-5, BB-1

Bemidji struggles at Legacy Golf Course

BRAINERD -- The Bemidji girls golf team had trouble adjusting to the weather conditions Monday and shot 406 at the Staples-Motley Invitational held at the Legacy course.

BHS was without two regulars who could not make the trip and Morgan Williams was the only Lumberjack to break 100 as she shot 94.

Hailey Hinners finished at 103, Kelsey Isaacson shot 108 and Alexis Konecke had a 111.

Detroit Lakes, the defending Class 2A state champion, won Monday's meet with 305. The Lakers also had the top two individuals as Kate Smith shot 2-under par 70 and Natalie Roth posted a 72.

BHS was near the back of the pack after shooting 406.

The Lumberjacks will return to duty Friday when they host their annual invitational at the Bemidji Town and Country Club.

Staples-Motley Invitational

Legacy Golf Course (par 72)

Detroit Lakes 305, Alexandria 342, Minnewaska 354, Pequot Lakes 356, Staples-Motley 366, St. Cloud Tech 375, Moorhead 387, Wadena-DC 387, Brainerd 394, Owatonna 403, Bemidji 406, Park Center 469, Fergus Falls 478, Crosby-Ironton 488

Medalist: Smith, DL, 70

Bemidji's results: Williams 94, Hinners 103, Isaacson 108, Konecne 111, Meyers 122, Buckanaga 142

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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