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Blaze Fugina | Forum News Service Bemidji coach Mike Fogelson, pitcher Ryan Hirt and the rest of the infield discuss the situation during the sixth inning of Bemidji’s victory in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader in Alexandria.

ALEXANDRIA -- For the third time this season the Bemidji High School baseball team was forced to postpone its home opener when Friday's scheduled doubleheader was moved to Alexandria because of the two inches of snow that covered the BSU diamond on Friday morning.

At this point in the season the Lumberjacks just want to play baseball, however, so heading south was not a problem.

"The temperature was 60 degrees and there was no wind in Alexandria," said BHS coach Mike Fogelson. "We had awesome conditions to play the game."

Both teams took advantage of those relatively balmy conditions as the Jacks and the Cardinals were at the top of their games. The result was a split as Bemidji took the opener 4-2 and Alexandria claimed the rematch 4-3 in nine innings.

"Both games were very well played," Fogelson said. "The quality of baseball is what you would see in the playoffs. It was a fun day."

Ryan Hirt continued his early-season dominance in the opener as the lefty had command of all of his pitches. The result was an 11-strikeout, two-walk performance and the complete-game victory.

"Ryan was in total control," Fogelson said. "He threw hard and he threw strikes. We were able to get him a lead early and after Alexandria scored two in the sixth we answered in the seventh."

BHS took a 1-0 lead in the third when Dan Johnson singled, Thomas Revering reached on an error, Erik Fitzgerald walked and Collin Rutledge delivered a sacrifice fly.

The Lumberjacks upped their cushion to 3-0 in the top of the sixth when Rutledge singled, James Hendricks doubled him home and Hirt singled in Hendricks.

The Cardinals countered with a pair in the home sixth on a single, double and wild pitch but Bemidji scored an insurance tally in the top of the seventh.

Johnson singled and Parker Lucas walked to begin the rally and Johnson eventually scored with the help of two groundouts.

Johnson was the lone Lumberjack with more than one hit as the junior collected a pair of singles.

Friday's rematch extended well past regulation as Alexandria tied the game 3-3 with a solo run in the bottom of the seventh and then won with a run in the ninth when BHS was unable to turn a double play with the bases loaded and one out.

Rutledge pitched the first six innings and Seth Anderson worked the final 2.2. They combined for seven strikeouts and six walks.

Bemidji (4-2) was scheduled to face Eden Prairie and Eagan today in Grand Rapids but those games were cancelled. The next outing will be Thursday at home against Warroad. On Friday BHS will entertain Fergus Falls.

First Game

Bemidji 001 002 1 - 4 7 1

Alexandria 000 002 0 - 2 6 1

Hirt (W 3-0) and Revering. K-11, BB-2

Booth (L), Leary (7) and Setterstrom. K-4, BB-2

Second Game

Bemidji 001 101 000 - 3 7 1

Alexandria 000 110 101 - 4 10 2

Rutledge, Anderson (7, L 0-1) and Revering, K-7, BB-6

Kuhn, Thompson (6, W) and Setterstrom. K-8, BB-2

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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