Bemidji baseball dropped its sixth consecutive game in a 11-5 loss to Detroit Lakes on Monday at Washington Park, ending the Lumberjacks’ 17-game winning streak against the Lakers.
Three hits and a Bemidji error helped stake DL to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, finished by an RBI single from Jacob Thomas off Aaron Heger.
The Lumberjacks answered back with help from the lower end of the batting order. With two baserunners aboard to start the second inning, Josh Nyberg put down a crafty first-pitch bunt to load up the bases.
Parker Mistic and Ben Corradi took full advantage of the opportunity by drilling matching run-scoring singles to tie the game at two.
Isaiah Biehn put Bemidji ahead by hitting a sacrifice fly to deep left field, easily scoring Nyberg from third.
Another Bemidji run came home in the top of the third when Grant Declusin scampered in on a wild pitch from Detroit Lakes starter Logan Lund.
The lead would last only into the bottom half of the third, though the half inning started with an outstanding play from JD Kondos in center field to throw out Trevor Schnathorst after the Laker shortstop tried to turn a single into a double.
But two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Andrew Swiers, whose infield bounder eluded Isaiah Biehn at shortstop to score two runs.
Schnathorst returned to the plate an inning later to chase Heger from the game with an RBI double, putting the Lakers ahead for good at 5-4.
After adding another run in the fourth inning to lead 6-4, the Lakers pulled away with a four-run fifth off Kondos that featured more extra-base hits turning into runs.
The Lumberjacks could only muster one more run thanks to help from a pair of Laker errors in the sixth, but Detroit Lakes quickly got the run back in the bottom of the inning for the 11-5 final.
Mistic went 2-for-2 with an RBI and two walks, while Kondos, Isaiah Biehn, and Declusin all had two hits. Heger suffered the loss on the mound, giving up six runs on nine hits with two walks and just one strikeout.
Detroit Lakes’ win was its first against Bemidji since May 21, 2008–a stretch of 17 consecutive Bemidji victories in the series.
The Lumberjacks have now lost six straight games after a 10-0 start to the season, and will try to halt the run with a home game against St. Cloud Apollo tomorrow at 4:30pm. Pregame from the BSU Ballpark will be at 4:15 on KBUN-FM 104.5 and KBUN1 at kbunsportsradio.com.