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Blackduck will take on Fosston at noon today and Cass Lake-Bena will battle Nevis at 2:30 p.m. in the semifinals of the East 8A Sub-section baseball tournament at Bemidji State University. The winners of those two games will return to the diamond at 5 p.m. today for the East title game. Both teams, however, will qualify for the 8A final four which will begin June 7 at NCTC. Blackduck, the top seed in the East, advanced to today's game by blitzing No. 8 Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 14-0 Tuesday. Fourth-seeded Fosston eliminated No.
The Bemidji softball team saw its season come to an end Wednesday as the Lumberjacks dropped a 4-3 decision to Elk River in the loser's bracket final of the Section 8-3A tournament in Brainerd. The Lumberjacks finished the spring with a 14-8 record and fell one game shy of playing for the section championship. BHS forged a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning Wednesday but Elk River scored two in the bottom of the stanza to take a 3-2 advantage. The Jacks tied the game with a solo tally in the top of the seventh but Elk River responded with a pair of infield hits and a doubl
The Bemidji boys golf team turned in one of its finest rounds of the season Wednesday and the reward was third place after the first 18 holes of the Section 8-3A tournament at Greystone near Sauk Centre. The top six teams of the 12-team section field earned the opportunity to return to Greystone for today's final round.
Heading into the top of the third inning Monday in the Section 8-3A elimination game against Big Lake the Bemidji baseball team trailed 6-1. The Hornets had countered Bemidji's first-inning run with two in their half of the opening stanza and four more in the bottom of the second. Some teams might have considered the deficit too steep to overcome. According to Tyler Follis, who was on the mound in Monday's contest, however, the Lumberjacks did not adopt that philosophy. "Coach (Mike) Fogelson told us that all we needed to do was plug away one run at a time," Follis said.
Randahl Johnson and Cody Wind will represent the Cass Lake-Bena boys golf team at the Class A state tournament June 14-16 at Pebble Creek. Corey Beaulieu of Red Lake also will be playing at the state competition as he carded a 91. Johnson earned his state trip Tuesday by shooting an 89 at the par-72 Bemidji Town & Country Club in the Section 8A tournament. Johnson finished third in the medalist chase and Wind tied for fourth with a 90. Stephen-Argyle won the 8A team title with a 365.
Dom Hayle walked with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh to force home pinch runner Nick Conner with the eventual winning run and help the Bemidji baseball team upset and eliminate second-seeded Big Lake 8-7 Monday in the second round of the 8-3A playoffs at Big Lake. The victory, which came on the heels of a 4-1 win over St. Cloud Tech earlier in the day, advanced the seventh-ranked Lumberjacks into the Section 8-3A final four and Friday's semifinal opener against Alexandria at the baseball complex in St.
The postseasons have begun for the area sports teams as the softball and track squads are in the midst of their tournaments while the golfers and baseball teams will begin their elimination rounds this week. None of the area softball teams made it very far into the postseason.
The Bemidji softball team kept its hopes of a state tournament trip alive Monday as the Lumberjacks split two games in the Section 8-3A final four in Brainerd. BHS upset second-seeded Elk River 2-1 in Monday's first game but lost 8-3 to Brainerd in the winner's bracket final. That loss moved the Lumberjacks into Wednesday's 4 p.m. elimination game and a rematch with Elk River.
The Bemidji baseball team received the seventh seed in the Section 8-3A playoffs and will open its post-season noon Monday at Big Lake against No. 10 St. Cloud Tech. If the Lumberjacks win their opener they will face No. 2 Big Lake at 3 p.m. BHS will take a 12-8 record into Monday's playoff action while Tech is 7-12. Big Lake owns a 13-7 record. Brainerd (14-6) was given the top seed and will face the winner of No. 8 Monticello (11-9) and No. 9 Moorhead (11-8) 3 p.m. Monday. Alexandria (12-8) was seeded third and will face either No. 6 St. Cloud Apollo (12-7) or No. 11 Sartell ((7-12).
The waiting game began about 4 p.m. Friday for the Bemidji baseball team as the Lumberjacks awaited news about where they would begin the Section 8-3A playoffs. BHS had just ended its regular season at 12-8 by overpowering St. Cloud Apollo 7-1 in St. Cloud. Immediately following the game the Lumberjacks owned the sixth seed, according to coach Mike Fogelson's calculations.