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SOFTBALL: Bemidji splits doubleheader with Fargo North

FARGO -- The Bemidji High School softball team brought its bats to Fargo, but couldn't sustain solid pitching performances in both games of a doubleheader.

The Lumberjacks roughed up Fargo North 15-4 in the first game of the twinbill but dropped the second game 11-8 Saturday afternoon.

"Offensively it was a very good day," BHS head coach Brad Takkunen said. "We hit the ball hard in both games.

"We had lots of opportunities in the second game but gave up too many runs."

The Lumberjacks, now 8-8, saw three home runs from three different players in the first game.

Sylvia Grimm had one home run and two hits while Abby Hinrichs and Monica Wittner each homered once for BHS. Jordyn Follis and Karman Clark also had two hits apiece.

BHS scored once in the second inning, three times in the third then broke the game open with 11 runs in the fourth en route to a five-inning victory.

Wittner got the win for BHS, giving up four runs on right hits and three walks and striking out three Fargo North hitters.

In the second game, the Spartans (4-9) won with three runs in the first, one in the second, five in the third and two each in the fifth and sixth innings.

Despite the loss, Bemidji had nine doubles in the game and kept it close throughout.

The Lumberjacks scored four runs in the third inning and four in the fifth but couldn't plate anymore.

In the third inning, Follis, Cook, Heather Olson and Mariah Dahl all had consecutive doubles to score Bemidji's four runs. In the fifth inning, it was doubles by Grimm, Follis, Tori Koch and a triple by Dahl to score four more.

However, the Lumberjacks gave up 11 runs on eight hits and 11 walks to the Spartan hitters.

Hinrichs took the loss; Olson and Dahl also pitched for BHS.

The Lumberjacks return to the field Monday against International Falls.

Game 1

Bemidji 15, Fargo North 4

Bemidji 013 (11)0 -- 15 10 0

Fargo North 001 021 -- 4 8 4

Wittner (W) and Hinrichs. K-3, BB-3.

Deleon (L) and Mellick. K-4, BB-1.

Game 2

Fargo North 11, Bemidji 8

Bemidji 004 040 0 -- 8 13 3

Fargo North 315 001 x -- 11 8 2

Hinrichs (L), Olson (3), Dahl (6) and Cook, Thompson. K-6, BB-11.

Vangerud (W) and Mellick. K-6, BB-3.

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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