For the third time in four years, the Bemidji High School baseball team had to watch its opponent celebrate a Section 8-3A championship.
The No. 2 seeded Lumberjacks reached Wednesday’s title game with a 9-3 win over top-seeded Alexandria at St. John’s University in Collegeville, but No. 3 seed Little Falls stole the show with an ensuing 3-2 victory and tagged BHS with a runner-up finish.
BHS finishes the season 14-8.
Steven Peterson pitched a gem in a Section 8-3A Tournament elimination game for the Bemidji High School baseball team Thursday, extending the Lumberjacks’ season by at least one more game. The junior pitched a complete-game, three-hitter in a 5-0 shutout over Detroit Lakes at the BSU baseball field.
Up next for Bemidji is an elimination game against fifth-seeded Fergus Falls set for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4, at St. John’s University. The Otters (6-15) and Jacks did not meet in the regular season.
Section playoff games are never dull when they involve the Bemidji High School baseball team and Little Falls.
In the latest chapter in the schools’ rivalry, the third-seeded Flyers outlasted the second-seeded Lumberjacks 2-1 in a pitchers’ duel Wednesday afternoon at the BSU baseball field. The win advanced Little Falls onto the winner’s bracket final, while BHS will need to progress through the loser’s bracket to stay alive in the double-elimination tournament.
The Lumberjacks (11-7) will head to the loser’s bracket where they’ll face Detroit Lakes in an elimination game Thursday as they look to extend their season. That game is set for a 4:30 p.m. start at the BSU baseball field.