An offensive power outage proved to be the end of Bemidji baseball’s season as the Lumberjacks were blanked 2-0 by Rocori in a Section 8AAA elimination semifinal game on Tuesday at St. Cloud’s Joe Faber Field.
The Lumberjacks played from behind for the entirety of the game, going behind in the top of the first inning as the Spartans picked up what ultimately was a rare run.
Rocori tried to pick up a little more help on the base paths with a delayed attempt at a steal, but a sharp throw from Bemidji catcher Parker Mistic ensured the out was made.
Meanwhile, the Lumberjacks were thwarted at the plate in the bottom of the first when a deep fly ball to the warning track in right center field was pulled down on the run.
Back in the field, Bemidji surrendered another run after a pair of errors in the top of the second to fall behind 2-0. Brandon Lussier kept the Spartans from creating further damage with a terrific catch in right field.
The Lumberjacks continued to toil at the plate, but were giving themselves opportunities with more good plays in the field as the game progressed. Mistic made another tremendous throw to once again catch a runner stealing later in the game.
Another great defensive play was provided by Ethan Biehn in the top of the sixth as he went full extension to pull down a line drive at second base.
Lussier again came up with a terrific play in the seventh, pulling down a fly ball before firing across the field to third to retire an advancing runner for the Spartans.
But Bemidji produced a mere four hits in the game against Rocori pitcher Brady Blattner, who went the complete game to send the Spartans into the elimination bracket final.
Aaron Heger pitched a complete game of his own for the Lumberjacks, taking a hard-luck loss with two unearned runs surrendered on just five hits.
Rocori later defeated Alexandria 8-7 to advance to the Section 8AAA championship opposite Sartell-St. Stephen on Thursday.
Bemidji’s record finishes at 15-8 with 13 seniors graduating from this year’s varsity team.