BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School baseball team wrapped up a 2-0 day on Friday with a 5-1 win over Duluth East at the BSU baseball field. The late-night win succeeded a 10-2 thumping over Grand Rapids in the opener of the Des Sagedahl Wood Bat Classic.
Casey McNamara scored the opening run for the Lumberjacks (9-6) on a first-inning error. BHS expanded its lead to 3-0 in the third frame through RBI singles from Henry Michalicek and Alex LaZella.
Bemidji tacked on two more in the fifth when Cole Tatro hit a sacrifice fly and McNamara scored his second run off a Greyhound fielding miscue.
Duluth East (11-4) managed one run in the fifth, but Tatro was otherwise in command on the mound. The senior pitched 6 2/3 innings -- only exiting once he hit the pitch count of 105 -- and gave up the one run off five hits. He walked three and struck out seven, as well.
Isaiah Biehn entered in relief for the final out, and he finished off the 5-1 final with a strikeout.
Saturday’s game against Moorhead was postponed due to rain. An official makeup date has not yet been announced.
Next on the calendar for BHS is a road doubleheader against Detroit Lakes, which starts at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 20.
Bemidji 5, Duluth East 1
DE 000 010 0 -- 1-5-4
BHS 102 200 X -- 5-7-0
WP: Tatro (6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K)
LP: Neveau (4 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 7 BB, 2 K)