Bemidji baseball’s six-game winning streak ended with a 7-6 loss in eight innings and a 6-1 defeat in game two against Alexandria in a doubleheader held Friday at Des Sagedahl Field.
Game 1: Alexandria 7-6 Bemidji (F/8)
With the BSU Ballpark occupied due to Bemidji State’s games against Minnesota Duluth, the Lumberjacks and Cardinals battled into extra innings at Sagedahl Field before the visitors prevailed.
Alexandria built a 4-0 lead going into the bottom of the second to hand Bemidji its largest deficit since the season-opening 7-3 loss to St. Michael-Albertville in April.
The Lumberjacks replied in the bottom of the second inning with an RBI from Peyton Neadeau that was quickly followed by a wild pitch that brought in another run.
Runs poured in on the next three at-bats from the Jacks, who got an RBI groundout from Parker Mistic before Hunter Brodina and Ben Corradi each plated runs to give Bemidji a 5-4 lead.
The Cardinals had a chance to tie the game in the top of the fourth before a runner was thrown out at the plate to preserve Bemidji’s slim lead.
The out at home was only a brief reprieve, as two runs scored later in the inning to put Alex up 6-5.
Bemidji got the run back to tie the game at six in the bottom of the sixth inning on a hit from Peyton Neadeau and aid from fielding errors by the Cardinals.
The first extra inning of the game produced the winning run when an error on the infield by the Lumberjacks allowed Alexandria to go back in front for good.
Game 2: Alexandria 6-1 Bemidji
The Cardinals broke a 1-1 tie in the third inning on their way to a comfortable victory in game two as the Lumberjacks were held to just three hits in the loss.
Despite posting the game’s first run in the top of the first, another Cardinal runner was thrown out at home to reduce the damage in Bemidji’s defensive half of the inning.
Despite a double play groundout, the Lumberjacks brought in the tying run in the bottom of the second inning.
Alexandria recaptured the lead in the top of the third inning with two more runs, never to be caught the rest of the game with Bemidji’s offense struggling for hits.
The Lumberjacks drop to 6-3 and will next host Duluth East for a doubleheader beginning at 3pm on Tuesday at the BSU Ballpark. Both games will air on KBUN-FM 104.5 and Lumberjacks1 online.