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PREP SOFTBALL: Bemidji goes 1-2 in Rockford tripleheader

ROCKFORD — The Bemidji High School softball team won a game and suffered a pair of close losses during a tripleheader Saturday at Rockford.

The Lumberjacks topped Minneapolis Washburn 10-2 in the first game before falling to hosts Rockford 5-3 in a time-shortened, five-inning game two. The Lumberjacks closed out the evening with a 3-2 loss to Robbinsdale Cooper.

In game one the Lumberjacks (4-4) banged out nine hits and benefitted from seven Washburn errors to win 10-2. Bemidji scored a single run in the first inning, three in the third, one in the fifth and five in the sixth. Washburn scored its lone runs in the first inning.

Abby Hinrichs started on the mound for Bemidji, striking out five and walking five. Sylvia Grimm led the team with two doubles while Sarah Apel and Tori Koch each had two base hits.

In game two — one that was shortened to five innings due to time constraints — the Lumberjacks had a 3-1 lead going into the final inning but Rockford scored four runs in the top of the fifth to take a 5-3 lead and held on to win.

Rockford scored its four runs in the fifth by getting on base in nearly every possible manner — on a walk, an error, a double steal, a wild pitch, a base hit and a sacrifice fly.

Monica Wittner had the lone RBI in the game for Lumberjacks, who scored two of their three runs on errors. Grimm walked and scored twice.

Hanna Olson took the loss for Bemidji in the circle, striking out seven and walking five.

In the third game, the Lumberjacks once again gave up the game-winning runs in the final inning.

Bemidji took a 2-1 lead into the seventh but errors proved costly for the Lumberjacks in the bottom of the seventh.

Bemidji managed to get two outs in the inning but committed an error with runners on first and third which scored the winning run, enabled Cooper to walk off.

Wittner started in the pitching circle for Bemidji and took the tough-luck loss. None of the three runs she gave up were earned; she also struck out nine while walking only three and allowing just four hits.

Hinrichs had three hits for Bemidji while Mariah Dahl had two doubles and Annika Johnson has two singles as the Lumberjacks had nine total hits in the game.

“Overall we need to play sharper,” BHS head coach Brad Takkunen said. “We have to start making what should be the obvious plays on defense.”

Takkunen said the Lumberjacks did a good job pitching this weekend — four different pitchers started the three games Sunday and the one game they played Friday, a win over Sauk Rapids.

“We’re giving up a few too many walks but our pitchers are doing pretty well overall. I was pleased with what we did today in the circle.”

The Lumberjacks are scheduled to play five games next week, weather permitting. They’ll travel to Grand Forks Red River Monday before hosting West Fargo (N.D.) Tuesday for a doubleheader. Thursday they’ll head to Grand Rapids before returning Friday to host Brainerd.

Bemidji 10, Minneapolis Washburn 2

Washburn 200 000 0 — 2 3 7

BHS 103 015 X — 10 9 3

Kirby (L) and Vickerman. K-3, BB-1.

Hinrichs (L) and Thompson. K-5, BB-5.

Rockford 5, Bemidji 3

Rockford 001 04 — 5 3 4

BHS 010 20 — 3 2 1

McNeal (W) and Bode. K-4, BB-2.

Olson (L) and Hinrichs. K-7, BB-5.

Robinsdale Cooper 3, Bemidji 2

BHS 001 000 1 — 2 9 3

Cooper 000 010 2 — 3 4 1.

Wittner (L) and Hinrichs. K-9, BB-3.

Beaver (W) and Brunner. K-7, BB-0.

Jack Hittinger

Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.

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