An early 4-0 lead dwindled down into the late innings, but Bemidji baseball used another four-run inning in the sixth to pull away for a 9-4 win against Thief River Falls on Thursday at the BSU Ballpark.
JD Kondos made his first start of the season on the mound, working a quick top half of the first inning before helping his own cause with an RBI triple in the bottom of the inning.
The Lumberjacks kept things rolling in the middle of the order, including an RBI single from Parker Mistic.
By the end of the inning, Bemidji had built a 4-0 lead for Kondos that would hold up until the top of the fourth. The Prowlers plated three runs in the inning, punctuated by an RBI triple to close the gap to just one run.
A response did not take long, as the Lumberjacks pushed another run across in the bottom of the fourth to lead 5-3. Once again though, Thief River Falls cut the deficit to one in the top of the sixth inning to set up a nervy conclusion.
Another big inning was enough to help Bemidji pull away for good, as four more runs came across during the bottom of the sixth. The middle and bottom of the order again had a big part to play, including an RBI from Ben Corradi that stretched the margin to 6-4.
The surge was capped by Ethan Biehn, who finished off a 3-for-3 day at the plate in the ninth spot in the batting order with an RBI single.
Josh Nyberg and Biehn combined to work the top of the seventh in relief of Kondos, with the latter navigating out of a bases-loaded jam to wrap up the Lumberjacks’ seventh consecutive win to start the season.
Kondos took the win on the mound allowing four runs–one earned–on six hits with six strikeouts and no walks issued.