Austin Monteith is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. He is an Illinois native and a Butler University graduate. Follow him on Twitter @amonteith92.
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BEMIDJI -- As the saying goes, when it rains it pours. The Bemidji High School baseball had just taken a 2-1 lead to the top of the seventh after scoring the go-ahead run in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie.
BRAINERD -- The Bemidji High School softball team kicked off the Section 8-4A playoffs with an 8-3 upset win over Brainerd on Tuesday afternoon. Everything came together at just the right time for the No. 7-seeded Lumberjacks (8-11) in the win over the No. 2-seeded Warriors (18-3). “We were relaxed, we hit the ball and put pressure on them,” BHS head coach Brad Takkunen said. “We had some very important hits and made some great defensive plays. We had a double play during the game that shut them down.”
DETROIT LAKES -- The Bemidji High School baseball team put up 32 runs over 10 innings of play to sweep Detroit Lakes in a doubleheader Tuesday. The Lumberjacks (16-3) won both games in five innings via the 10-run rule, winning 15-2 in game one and 17-4 in the nightcap. Otto Grimm belted two home runs out of the park in the first inning alone of the early game.
BEMIDJI -- Coming within three outs of a no-hitter isn’t a bad for a pitcher making the first start of his varsity career. Cole Tatro did just that Saturday morning. The sophomore fanned 11 batters and did not surrender a hit until the seventh inning of the Bemidji High School baseball team’s 2-1 win over Roseau in the Des Sagedahl Wood Bat Classic. In the afternoon, the Lumberjacks ended the tournament with a come-from-behind 8-5 win over Duluth East.
BEMIDJI -- The first day of the Des Sagedahl Wood Bat Classic began with a mercy-rule shortened game for the Bemidji High School baseball team and ended in extra innings in the nightcap. The Lumberjacks (12-3) rolled to a 15-1 win over Roseau in the afternoon before falling in eight innings to Duluth East in the nightcap.
BEMIDJI -- Isaac Berg and Cody Roder are teammates on the Bemidji High School boys track and field team. At least, they are for now. Next year, the two will be on opposite sides of a rivalry: The seniors will continue their track careers at two long-feuding North Dakota universities -- Berg at North Dakota State and Roder at the University of North Dakota. Earlier this week, the two signed letters of intent solidifying their collegiate futures in track.
BEMIDJI -- All was well for the Bemidji High School softball team in the early goings of Thursday afternoon’s home finale against Grand Rapids. The Lumberjacks (7-9) got their bats going early and owned an 8-2 lead after four innings. “We were cruising,” BHS head coach Brad Takkunen said. “They had a few hits here and there, they got a couple runs here and there. But we were in good shape. And all of a sudden it just, I don’t know, fell apart.”
BEMIDJI -- The bats of the Bemidji High School baseball team were working like clockwork in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader with Grand Rapids. The Lumberjacks topped the Thunderhawks 11-1 in five innings in the early game before falling 5-1 in the nightcap to split the twinbill.
BEMIDJI -- Eric Monsrud will have a new title when he takes his position behind the bench of the Bemidji High School boys hockey team this season. Monsrud was named the Lumberjacks’ new boys hockey head coach Wednesday. He had previously served as an assistant coach on the BHS staff under former head coach Wade Chiodo. Chiodo resigned for family reasons on April 7 after nine seasons in charge of the program.
GRAND RAPIDS -- The Bemidji High School softball team’s four-game win streak was brought to a halt Saturday at the Grand Rapids Invitational. The Lumberjacks (7-7) fell to the host Thunderhawks 10-5 in the first game before losing 4-2 to Princeton in game two. After scoring a run in the first inning, Bemidji trailed 2-1 in the third inning of game one when Evette Morgan continued her tear at the plate with a two-run homer to grab a 3-2 lead for the Jacks.