Jacks drop season opener 4-1

The Bemidji Lumberjacks finally opened their baseball season Tuesday, losing a 4-1 decision at Moorhead in a well played contest. Moorhead scored all four runs in the last of the fifth to break up a scoreless battle between Bemidji lefty Sam Sacc...

The Bemidji Lumberjacks finally opened their baseball season Tuesday, losing a 4-1 decision at Moorhead in a well played contest.

Moorhead scored all four runs in the last of the fifth to break up a scoreless battle between Bemidji lefty Sam Saccoman and Moorhead's Kyle VanDyke.

Bemidji answered with one in the sixth but came no closer.

VanDyke worked five hitless innings fanning nine and walking three. Tyler Schlotfeldt yielded the lone Bemidji run on one hit, fanning four and walking two.

Except for the fifth, Saccoman matched the pair, fanning four and walking five, while allowing only five hits. Andrew Hengel pitched a scoreless sixth.


"Other than a total lack of hitting, we played very well for an opening game," said coach Mike Fogelson. "You could see that we have never been outside to get in any hitting practice. The bats will improve.

"But you won't beat Moorhead fanning 13 times and getting only one hit. Defensively we played very well."

Bemidji stranded runners in the first, second and fourth and had two runners caught stealing.

Saccoman allowed only two runners through four.

But in the fifth with one gone he walked the eighth, ninth, first and second hitters in succession to force home a run.

After getting the second out on a strikeout, he came within inches of getting out of the frame.

Tony Emmerich, a long time nemesis for Bemidji, lashed a line drive to center field that came off the glove of a diving Tom Roetman and went for a base clearing triple.

With two gone in the sixth, Ryan Johnson walked, advanced on a passed ball and scored on Joe Andersen's single.


But Schlotfeldt got the final out on a grounder and fanned the side in the seventh.

Emmerich had two of the six Moorhead hits.

Matt Fossen will get Friday's start against St. Cloud Tech.

BEMIDJI (1) ab r h rbi e

Roetman cf-rf 3 0 0 0 0

Johnson 2b 1 1 0 0 0

Andersen 3b 3 0 1 1 0

Hengel ss-p 1 0 0 0 0


Schaper 1b` 2 0 0 0 0

McKee lf 3 0 0 0 0

Goldberg rf 3 0 0 0 0

Saccoman p 2 0 0 0 0

Sullivan ss 1 0 0 0 0

Anderson c 2 0 0 0 0

Totals 21 1 1 1 0

MOORHEAD (4) ab r h rbi e

Hayes ss 2 1 0 0 0

Schlotfeldt lf-p 2 1 2 1 0

Van Dyke p-lf 3 0 1 0 0

Emmerich cf 3 0 2 3 0

Weiss c 2 0 0 0 0

Grantham 2b 3 0 0 0 1

Stark 1b 3 0 0 0 1

Petry rf 2 1 1 0 0

Doschois 3b 2 1 0 0 0

Totals 22 4 6 4 2

2b-VanDyke; 3b-Emmerich; LOB: Bemidji 4, Moorhead 5

Bemidji 000-001-0---1--1--0

Moorhead 000-040-x---4--6--2

Pitching record

Ip r er h so bb

Saccoman 5 4 4 5 6 5

Hengel 1 0 0 1 1 0

VanDyke 5 0 0 0 9 3

Schlotfeldt 2 1 1 1 4 2

B Team wins opener

The Jacks B Team began its new season on a winning note Tuesday, beating Moorhead 3-1 on the Spuds diamond.

It hosts Grand Rapids Friday and Brainerd Saturday afternoon in its next two games.

Sol Schneider and Tom Jonsten combined on a four hitter with Schneider going the first five to get the win.

Bemidji managed only four hits as well off Pietrick and Smith.

It scored once it third without a hit on a walk, hit batter and two ground outs.

In the fifth a walk and Billy Statton's single were followed by an error that permitted both runners to score.

Auston Zetah, Jonsten and Alex Hengel had the other Bemidji hits.

Zetah will get the Friday start against the Rapids.

Bemidji 001-020-0---3--4--1

Moorhead 100-000-0---1--4--2

Schneider (1-0), Jonsten (6) and Statton

Pietrick, (0-1), Smith (5) and Cahill

Frosh take two

The Bemidji High freshmen made their debut Tuesday hosting the Cass Lake junior varsity at the BYL North diamond.

The games were scheduled after Moorhead was unable to ready a third field for play forcing it to call off the freshman game there.

Bemidji swept the Panthers 1-0 and 4-2.

Chad Head and Dylan Hanson combined on a no hitter in the opener.

Bemidji managed only one hit off Martin Wind. Evan Olson singled in the fifth, stole second, took third on an overthrow on the steal and scored with two outs on a wild pitch.

In the nightcap, Cass Lake took a 2-0 lead in the second only to have Bemidji score twice in the third and fourth to win.

Josh Kane doubled home the two in the third while Matt Hietala singled in one in the fourth and scored on a ground out.

Hietala had two of the six Bemidji hits. Jordan Koepp and Jake Fisher combined on a one hitter.

The Frosh host Grand Rapids Friday in their next start.

First Game

Cass Lake JV 000-00---0--0--1

Bemidji Frosh 000-01---1--1--1

Wind and Masten

Head (1-0), Hanson (4) and Voss

Second Game

Cass Lake JV 110-00---2--1--3

Bemidjif4roshn 90 002-2x---4--6--2

Cameron, Conner (4) and Wind

Koepp (1-0), Fisher (4) and Kane

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