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Jess Yost provided a perfect ending to Bemidji's softball regular season Saturday as the freshman pitcher tossed a perfect game at Grand Forks Central. Behind Yost's performance the Lumberjacks blistered Central 15-0 in five innings in the first game of a doubleheader. BHS completed the sweep by rallying for a 6-5 win in the nightcap. "There wasn't much excitement to the perfect game," said BHS coach Brad Takkunen. "We played good defense and Jess kept throwing strikes.
The Bemidji boys tennis team ended its regular season Friday with a 4-3 loss at Moorhead and will enter the post-season with a 4-9 record. The sub-section tournament begins Tuesday at Brainerd and the coaches will determine the seedings today. Friday BHS won at fourth singles and at first and second doubles. Alec Hess outlasted Mguyn LeTlan 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 at fourth singles. Ben Holter and Joey Wood collected a 6-1, 6-3 victory at first doubles and Adam Holter teamed with Justin Byers for a 6-1, 6-2 win at second. Moorhead 4, Bemidji 3 Singles Tyler Holmquist (M) def.
The Bemidji boys golf team will enter today's final 18 holes of the seven-team Detroit Lakes Invitational in fourth place after shooting 320 Friday at Longbow. Today's round will be played at Wildflower in Detroit Lakes. Fargo South set the pace Friday with 289 and Detroit Lakes was second at 304. West Fargo shot 314. Trailing Bemidji were Detroit Lakes II at 321, Cambridge at 322 and Becker at 340. Fargo South posted the top three individual scores as Landon Ross and Lukas Davison carded 71s and Tanner Jones finished at 73. Bemidji's best was Joe Welle's 75.
The regular season for Bemidji's softball team ends Saturday with a doubleheader at Fargo Central and the Lumberjacks are continuing to make a bid for a high seed. "Brainerd should be the top seed but we should be among the leaders," BHS coach Brad Takkunen said after his squad defeated Grand Rapids 8-2 Thursday in Grand Rapids. If the Lumberjacks earn a top-four seed, which is likely, they will begin their tournament action Wednesday at home.
The boys golfers will play in a 36-hole tournament this weekend hosted by Detroit Lakes. Today's round will be played at Longbow and Saturday the venue switches to Wildflower near Detroit Lakes. "Two-day tournaments are becoming more and more prevalent because they only count as one meet against your schedule," said BHS coach Eric Niskanen. "Detroit Lakes officials decided to have the first round at Longbow because that is the site of their section meet." The Lumberjacks have been off since finishing third in an 11-team meet held May 12 at Crosby.
The Bemidji baseball team will host its annual Des Sagedahl Wooden Bat Tournament today and Saturday and joining the Jacks will be Fargo North, Grand Forks Red River and Duluth East. BHS will take a 10-5 record into today's action after splitting a pair of 9-4 verdicts with Warroad on Tuesday. "The tournament has a very strong field," Bemidji coach Mike Fogelson said.
The Bemidji boys tennis team posted victories at fourth singles and first doubles but fell short in the other matches and dropped a 5-2 home decision to Grand Rapids Thursday. The loss dropped Bemidji's record to 4-8. The Lumberjacks hope to end the regular season on a positive note today when they visit Moorhead. Also Saturday the sub-section coaches are expected to contact each other and determine the seeding for the tournament which begins Tuesday.
Today's schedule features battles between Bemidji and Grand Rapids as the boys tennis team hosts the Thunderhawks while the softball squad heads to Grand Rapids. Both contests are scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday the BHS teams will be very busy.
Wednesday afternoon the Cass Lake-Bena baseball team improved to 19-0 with a convincing 16-0 home victory over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley. The Panthers will try to complete their unbeaten regular season Friday when they host Laporte at 4:30 p.m. "It's been a very fun year," said CL-B head coach Ken Wittner. "I didn't think we'd start the year with five victories on the road like we did and I didn't think we'd be unbeaten at this stage of the season.
The Bemidji baseball team split a home doubleheader with Warroad Tuesday, taking the first game 9-4 but dropping the nightcap by the same score. The opener was deadlocked 4-4 until BHS erupted for five runs in the bottom of the sixth. The visitors, despite trailing by five runs in their last at-bat, made things interesting by loading the bases in the top of the seventh. The Jacks, however, escaped unscathed as pitcher Tyler Follis coaxed a comebacker for the final out. Warroad struck first as Matt Myrick belted a solo home run down the left field line with one out in the opening stanza.