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Baseball: Jacks fall 2-1 to Duluth East in Sagedahl finale

Bemidji’s Tony Geerdes (right) and some of his teammates follow Saturday’s game against Duluth East from the dugout steps. The Greyhounds scored two runs in the top of the fifth and hung on to defeat Bemidji 2-1. Pat Miller | Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI -- After playing well past 11 p.m. Friday in a 10-0 victory over Roseau the Bemidji baseball team had a relatively early wake-up call Saturday for the final game of the 15th annual Des Sagedahl Wooden Bat Classic.

The Lumberjacks had to be at the field by mid-morning in order to be prepared for their 12:30 p.m. contest against Duluth East.

The players arrived at the BSU diamond on time but when the game began coach Mike Fogelson could tell that they weren't at 100 percent efficiency. The Jacks managed only six hits and eventually lost 2-1.

"There is no doubt that we were tired but some days you have to manufacture your energy," Fogelson said. "Collin Rutledge pitched very well and deserved to win the game. But we just didn't do enough at the plate to back our pitcher."

Saturday's game was scoreless until the fifth when the Greyhounds scored twice. BHS answered with a run in its half of the stanza but couldn't mount a threat in the final two frames.

Duluth East stranded a runner at first in its initial at-bat and left runners at first and second in the third. The visitors fared better in the fifth, however, when they plated a pair.

With one out Erik Brekke singled to center and Nathanial Benson doubled him to third. Wes Anderson followed with an RBI single to left and when Bemidji misplayed the ball in the outfield Benson also was able to score.

The Lumberjacks answered with a run in the bottom of the fifth but squandered the opportunity to mark a crooked number on the scoreboard.

Tony Geerdes' solid single to left and Parker Lucas' infield hit set the table for Dan Johnson's successful sacrifice bunt. Erik Fitzgerald followed with a single to center which scored Geerdes but Lucas wasn't sure if the ball would drop so he hesitated and advanced only to third.

Lucas had to hold when James Hendricks sent a high pop-up to second and the threat ended when Rutledge bounced into a fielder's choice.

Neither team scored in the final two innings and Bemidji's only runner during that span was Lucas Goins who walked with two out in the sixth but did not advance. Duluth East pitcher Lucas Hedin retired Bemidji in order in the seventh.

Saturday's outcome snapped Bemidji's 8-game winning streak and dropped the overall record to 12-3. Duluth East improved to 10-6.

"I hope this game will help remind us that we need to play every game at a high level," Fogelson said. "We need to remember that the energy we bring to the field will determine the result at the end of the day."

In Friday's late game BHS turned seven hits and 12 walks into a 10-0 victory over Roseau. Seth Anderson went the distance on the Bemidji mound and fanned four while walking three. He also allowed only four hits.

The Lumberjacks will conclude their regular season next week with three home games. On Monday they will entertain Detroit Lakes at 4:30 p.m. and on Thursday they will host Brainerd in a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m.

Friday's Late Game

Bemidji 10, Roseau 0

Roseau 000 000 - 0 4 0

Bemidji 010 441 - 10 7 0

Krahn (L), Hites (5), Strand (5) and Millner. K-3, BB-12

Anderson (W) and Revering. K-4, BB-3

Saturday's Games

Duluth East 7, Roseau 2

Duluth East 040 011 1 - 7 8 2

Roseau 010 001 0 - 2 3 4

Duluth East 2, Bemidji 1

Duluth East 000 020 0 - 2 5 0

Bemidji 000 010 0 - 1 6 1

Hedin (W) and Aldrich. K-5, BB-1

Rutledge (L) and Revering. K-9, BB-3

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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