HIGHLIGHTS: Jacks One-Hit By St. Cloud In Season-Ending Play-In Loss

#8 Bemidji could only muster one hit in a 6-0 loss to #9 St. Cloud in a Section 8AAAA softball play-in game on Monday at the Bemidji High School Softball Field.

With both teams vying for a chance to move into the double-elimination portion of the playoff bracket, the Lumberjacks were under pressure defensively from the very first inning. The Crush put runners on base in each of the first two innings–including through a leadoff triple in the first–but Bemidji managed to keep the game scoreless in both cases thanks to solid pitching from Aleah Shogren and clean plays in the field.

At the plate, the Lumberjacks found the going difficult early against Crush starter Lola Jacobs, but managed to get a pop up single from Chloe Hasbargen in the second inning.

Shogren stranded another baserunner in the third inning with a strikeout to close the frame.

The fifth inning produced the breakthrough on the scoreboard for the visiting Crush, who turned a leadoff baserunner into the game’s first run with an RBI from Mattie Vought.

Jacobs then helped her own cause with an RBI knock of her own that gave St. Cloud a 2-0 edge.

Hits soon mixed with walks issued by Shogren in helping load the bases for the Crush with two outs. Facing a 3-2 count, St. Cloud’s Elise Hausmann drew a critical walk that brought another run home before the inning finally concluded.

The Lumberjacks continued to struggle to solve Jacobs at the plate, mixing strikeouts with soft contact outs. Katarina Malterud provided a much-needed baserunner in the bottom of the fifth by drawing a walk, but no damage could be done on the scoreboard the rest of the inning.

St. Cloud tagged Bemidji reliever Mariah Graves for three runs in the top of the seventh to add further insurance, starting with an RBI from Sydney Gustin before Olivia Laudenbach used a run-scoring hit and fielding error to race all the way around to produce yet another run.

The Lumberjacks fashioned one final threat at the plate in the bottom of the seventh by using a walk, error, and walk to load the bases before a game-ending fielder’s choice.

Bemidji concludes the season with a final record of 7-11 and will graduate five seniors: Lexi Tatro, Jody Pemberton, Katarina Malterud, Mariah Graves, and Chloe Hasbargen.