Baseball: Bemidji falls to Prowlers, Tech

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. CLOUD -- It was 15 days between games. But the outcome was much the same as Bemidji's Lumberjacks squared off with Thief River Falls at the Metrodome Friday morning.

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. CLOUD -- It was 15 days between games. But the outcome was much the same as Bemidji's Lumberjacks squared off with Thief River Falls at the Metrodome Friday morning.

The Prowlers, showing the benefits of having played four games, turned back Bemidji 9-0.

The Jacks then headed north to face St. Cloud Tech and lost 12-5 (see Page 8).

BHS opens their home season Tuesday against Duluth East.

Bemidji has spent only one day outside, that in the season opener at Brainerd.


They continued to show the effects of the lack of outside play.

Added to that was the season debut of Spencer Johnson to the Prowler mound.

The star southpaw sat out the first four games.

But he was back in form, shutting down Bemidji on one hit while fanning 10.

At that, he was his own worst enemy issuing eight walks but working out of jams in the second, third and fifth. Another lefty, Cody Conners went the final two.

Ryan Sullivan worked into the fifth for the Jacks yielding the first six runs, only three earned. Sol Schneider completed the fifth and Auston Zetah worked the final two.

They permitted 12 hits while fanning eight and walking five.

The Prowlers scored the only run they needed in the first when Jordan Espeseth reached second on an overthrow and scored on Johnson's single.


Singles by Conners, Briar Verbout and Jake Collins produced two more in the second.

Sullivan blanked the winners in the next two frames but ran into trouble again in the fifth.

With one gone, Johnson doubled. With two gone Nick Gagner singled him home. Conners followed with another single and both runners scored when the ball got loose in center and rolled to the warning track.

Schneider relieved at this point to yield a run on a walk and error.

The final two crossed in the seventh when Dan Nelson singled, Jake Collins walked and after a wild pitch, Espeseth singled both runners home.

Bemidji had three threats.

Two walks in the second were wrapped around three strikeouts leaving a runner at second.

Miah Graves singed to open the third and was sacrificed to second. He held as Alec Schulz walked. But Sullivan banged into a 4-6-3 double play to end that frame.


Johnson loaded the bases on walks in the fifth but fanned Sullivan and Schneider before leaving for the day.

Conners got three of his six outs via the strikeout. The Prowler pair had 13 and walked nine.

Johnson had three hits and Conners and Collins two each for the Prowlers, now 4-1. Bemidji dropped to 0-2.

With Thief River dropping to 8-AA, it will be their only meeting this year.

Jacks sweep Roseau

The Bemidji High freshmen swept Roseau in a Thursday double header on the Rams diamond.

They face another twin bill Monday at Thief River Falls in their next start.

Bemidji hurlers shut down the Rams on three hits, all in the five inning opener.

Chase Vogt hurled the game.

Bemidji made the most of only three hits, one a two-run single by Zach Solheim.

Kris Berndt held Roseau hitless in the nightcap. Bemidji had seven including three by Jake Urban. Tyler Grobove doubled.

The Bemidji Lumberjacks bats became a bit more productive Friday night but the pitching came up short as Bemidji fell at St. Cloud Tech 12-5 to complete a split double header.

Bemidji had fallen in the morning game to Thief River Falls 9-0 at the Metrodome on a one hitter.

The five runs were the first in three games for Bemidji which was earlier blanked at Brainerd.

The Jacks stayed in contention into the fifth inning, trailing at that time 6-5.

But the Tigers ran home four in that frame and added two more in the sixth to pull away.

They battered three Bemidji hurlers for 14 hits, four for extra bases.

Simon Anderson went the first four to take the loss, yielding six runs. Tom Jonsten and Haakon Pederson followed to give up six more.

Tech took a 2-0 lead in the second.

Bemidji tied it in the third when Nate Blumhagen singled and Miah Graves reached on an error. They advanced on a balk and both scored on Alec Schulz single which was fumbled in the outfield to allow the trail runner to cross.

But Tech went ahead 4-2 with a pair in the last of the frame.

Bemidji got one back in the fourth on two walks, a sacrifice and ground out.

Tech came back with two more, driving out Anderson and bringing on Jonsten to finish the frame.

Bemidji then scored twice in the fifth to come within one.

Two walks around Ryan Sullivan's single filled the bases. Another walk and an error each sent one across.

Dan Edelbrock ended matters that frame and hurled two scoreless frames to cement the win.

Blake Kunkel, Jared Blitvich, John Denne and Collin Stinogel all had three Tigers hits.

Sullivan was the only Bemidji batter with two.

Bemidji opens its belated home season Tuesday, hosting Duluth East at 4:30 at BSU. Sullivan (0-2) will get the mound start.

The B Team also lost, bowing 13-0 to fall to 0-2.

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