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Bemidji's Hirt tosses shutout over Hill-Murray

By MN Baseball Hub, 06/15/12, 8:00AM CDT


Quarterfinals: 10 a.m. Friday at Dunning Field, St. Paul

Sophomore lefthander Ryan Hirt threw a complete-game three-hitter and struck out 12 to lead Bemidji to a 5-0 shutout victory over Hill-Murray in the Class 3A baseball quarterfinals at Dunning Field in St. Paul. 

Hirt improved his record to 10-0 on the year. Teammate Mason Bellew went 2-for-4 with three RBI to lead the offensive charge for the Lumberjacks (24-2), who left eight runners on base.

The Pioneers (21-5) got great defensive plays in the field but never awoke the bats. Two pf Hill-Murray's hits came in the first inning before Hirt found his groove.



Three Stars

1. Ryan Hirt, Bemidji 
The sophomore lefty was fantastic against the Pioneers, throwing a complete game shutout while striking out 12. The first inning was the only hiccup for Hirt, only allowing 1 hit the rest of the way.

2. Mason Bellow, Bemidji
The first basemen led the way offensively for Bemidji, racking up 2 hits in 4 plate appearances. Both of his base hits contributed to scoring opportunities early in the game. He played a solid first base behind the strong pitching performance by Hirt.

3. Collin Leif, Bemidji
Leif was on the receiving end of Hirt's pitches, calling a near flawless quarterfinal affair from behind the dish. He went 2-4 at the plate hitting in the cleanup spot, knocking in a pair of runs.

-Alec Kinsky, MN Baseball Hub Staff

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