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Baseball: Pitching, defense, offense all contribute to easy victory

Bemidji's Dan Johnson slides around the tag of Fergus Falls catcher Simon Kasper during Bemidji's 10-0 victory Friday.

BEMIDJI -- Seth Anderson continued the trend of dominating mound performances for the Bemidji High School baseball team Friday as he allowed only three hits while tossing shutout baseball.

Offensively the Lumberjacks belted 10 hits and the defense contributed with an errorless performance.

The result of the 1-2-3 punch was a 10-0 victory over Fergus Falls at the BSU diamond in a game that was shortened to five innings because of the 10-run rule.

"On Friday we were able to do the things that we didn't do Thursday (in a 6-1 and 4-3 sweep of Warroad)," said BHS coach Mike Fogelson. "We had great pitching in all three games but on Friday we had good at-bats and we played solid defense.

"We're 7-2 so far and our two losses could have been wins with a break or two. What I like is that we have had a shot to win every game and this is what I was hoping to see this spring."

Anderson never was in any danger as he had command of the strike zone and kept the Fergus Falls hitters guessing what was coming next.

"Seth did a nice job of using the fastball and he threw the curve just often enough to keep Fergus Falls off balance," Fogelson said. "And he kept his pitches low so our infielders were kept busy."

The Jacks scored the only run they would need in the bottom of the first as Collin Rutledge drew a two-out walk, stole second and scored courtesy of James Hendricks' single.

In the second inning Bemidji padded its lead to 4-0 and Thomas Revering started the 3-run rally with a walk. After Parker Lucas singled both runners stole a base. Dan Johnson followed with a single and two errors opened the door for the inning's final two runs.

Bemidji iced the win with five runs in the lower fourth. With two down Lucas singled and walks to Johnson and Erik Fitzgerald loaded the bases.

Rutledge plated a pair with a single and Fitzgerald scored when Hendricks singled. Ryan Hirt loaded the bases again with a walk and two more runs crossed the plate courtesy of Revering's single.

The final run came in the fifth. Tony Geerdes singled to open the inning, Lucas advanced him with a grounder to the right side and the Otters opted to intentionally walk Johnson to set up the force. The tactic backfired, however, when Fitzgerald punched a single to left to fill the sacks and Rutledge ended the game with a shot over the right fielder's head.

Rutledge and Hendricks each ripped a pair of singles.

"We are a young club with a veteran pitching staff and that pitching staff has led us so far," Fogelson said. "Hopefully, the pitching will continue to be a strength and our offense and defense will come through like it did Friday."

Bemidji's next test will be Thursday when the Lumberjacks host Thief River Falls.

Fergus Falls 000 00 - 0 3 2

Bemidji 130 51 - 10 10 0

Neumann (L) and Strom. K-3, BB-6

Anderson (W) and Revering. K-1, BB-1

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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