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BASEBALL: Jacks drop two to Alexandria in rain-shortened doubleheader

Bemidji's Hunter Olson tries to handle the short hop on a throw to second base as Alexandria's Brock Anderson gets a steal in the first inning of Tuesday's first game. (Eric Morken / Forum News Service)1 / 4
Sophomore Steven Peterson throws during the first inning of his start on the mound in game two in Alexandria on Tuesday night. (Eric Morken / Forum News Service)2 / 4
Alexandria's Thomas Anderson holds the tag on Bemidji's Otto Grimm for an out as he slides into third base during the first inning in Alexandria on Tuesday night. (Eric Morken / Forum News Service)3 / 4
Bemidji junior pitcher Cole Tatro got the start on the mound in game one of the Lumberjacks' doubleheader in Alexandria on Tuesday. (Eric Morken / Forum News Service)4 / 4

ALEXANDRIA -- The Bemidji High School baseball team faced its first Section 8-3A opponent of the year Tuesday, dropping a pair of road games 3-1 and 6-4 to defending champion Alexandria at Knute Nelson Memorial Ballpark.

Although the trip snapped a six-game winning streak for the Jacks (6-3), head coach Mike Fogelson was happy to simply get to play the games.

“The big thing is, we got on the bus and it was pouring all the way down, so we felt pretty fortunate to even get to play today,” he said. “The fact that the rain held off as long as it did, it gave us an opportunity to get a chance to play Alex, and there was no room left on the schedule to reschedule these games so we had to get them in tonight.”

The rain became too much in the sixth inning of game two, and the teams decided to call it with Alex leading 6-4.

“We’ve got to get these guys home because we’ve got a big week and they’ve got to be in school tomorrow,” said Fogelson. “So rather than hang out all night, we decided we better get home.”

In the day’s opener, the Cardinals (6-4) scored two runs in the first inning and one in the third, and that was enough for Carter Stockert.

The junior southpaw struck out 10 Lumberjacks in the contest, and Bemidji was only able to scrape across one run despite recording eight hits and three walks.

“We hit the ball really hard today,” Fogelson said. “I thought we had a lot of balls get hit hard that didn’t fall, and a lot of the bounces went their way today. But what we got to learn from that is we got to make some things happen, and we just weren’t able to do that today.”

The Jacks’ lone run in the first game came when Cole Tatro singled in Hunter Olson, but BHS couldn’t use the momentum to mount a comeback.

Tatro took the loss on the mound, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits and four walks over four innings. Drew Boen and Zak Justice pitched the fifth and sixth, respectively, without allowing a run.

Otto Grimm led off game two by getting hit by a pitch, advancing to second on an Olson groundout and scoring on a Matt Fitzgerald single.

The Jacks scored again in the second when Justice scored on a Linaes Whiting single, but the Cardinals secured a 4-2 lead after three innings with two runs in each of the first and third innings.

A two-run home run in the top of the fourth tied the game at 4-4, but once again Alexandria answered, scoring runs on a Thomas Anderson double in the fourth and a Luke Levasseur single in the fifth to take the game 6-4.

“They’ve got a nice team,” Fogelson said. “Kind of what we expected. Obviously they won both games so we’ve got some things to work on, but we feel good about where we fit in. I think it’s going to be a real competitive section.”

Steven Peterson took the loss for the Jacks on the mound in game two, allowing six runs (four earned) on 10 hits and two walks over five innings. Matthew Carlson secured the win for the Cardinals.

At the plate, Casey McNamara led the Jacks with a 4-for-6 effort on the day with a double and a run scored.

Bemidji is back on the road Thursday, May 10, for a 4 p.m. doubleheader in Moorhead against the Spuds.

Alexandria 3, Bemidji 1 (Game One)

BHS 000 100 0 -- 1-8-2

ALX 201 000 X -- 3-4-0

WP: Stockert (5.2 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 10 K); LP: Tatro (4 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 4 K)

Alexandria 6, Bemidji 4 (Game Two)

BHS 110 200 -- 4-8-1

ALX 202 11X -- 6-10-2

WP: Carlson (6 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 4 K); LP: Peterson (5 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 10 H, 2 BB, 6 K)