Explosive performances at the plate and inside the pitcher’s circle fueled a dominant 20-1 victory for the Bemidji High School softball team over Detroit Lakes in its postseason opener on Tuesday.
The third-seeded Lumberjacks erupted for 19 hits to advance to the Section 8-3A winner’s bracket semifinals.
Meanwhile, Bemidji ace Taylor Waukazo was nearly unhittable as she struck out seven and allowed only two hits in the four-inning contest.
“I can’t ask for anything more,” head coach Brad Takkunen said. “The reality is we just kept putting the ball in play and putting the ball in play hard.”
The 20 runs are the most the Jacks have scored in a game since a 23-3 win over Moorhead on May 12, 2011.
Bemidji has now won 10 in a row and has defeated the sixth-seeded Lakers (2-19) in each of its last three games, including a doubleheader sweep last week to end the regular season. At 11-10, the Lumberjacks are above .500 for the first time all year.
Bemidji advanced to face second-seeded Alexandria in the winner’s bracket semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 3, in Alexandria. The Cardinals (14-6), who received a first-round bye, swept a doubleheader at Bemidji by scores of 10-0 and 9-6 to drop the Jacks to 0-3 in the young season on April 22.
Detroit Lakes will face the loser of No. 1 Sartell-St. Stephen and No. 4 Sauk Rapids-Rice on the road Tuesday, June 8 in an elimination game.
Bemidji 20, Detroit Lakes 1 (four innings)
DL 000 1 -- 1-2-3
BHS 7(13)0 X -- 20-19-1
WP: Waukazo (CG, 4 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 7 K, 1 BB)
LP: Smith (2 IP, 20 R, 17 H, 0 K, 4 BB)