BEMIDJI — Bemidji’s Zach Solheim allowed one hit, two walks and struck out eight as he went the distance to lead the Lumberjacks to a season-opening 3-0 victory over the Brainerd Warriors Thursday.
Blake Peterson’s second-inning hit was Brainerd’s lone offense.
Kevin Peterson got the start and allowed one run, one hit and three walks, while striking out four in two innings.
Blaine Bubalo pitched the next two innings. He struck out one, walked two and allowed one run on one hit.
Jack Hegarty threw the last two innings and allowed one run on three hits. He struck out one.
“We were outdoors for only the second time this year and we had a little trouble finding the strike zone early, but it was our first time pitching off the mound,” said Warrior head coach Lowell Scearcy. “That really isn’t an excuse, though. Bemidji has a really good team this year. They are going to be a tough out.
“Hitting wise we knew it was going to be a struggle. It was our first time going against live pitching, or at least up against a pitcher who is trying to get you out. It’s going to get better. Defensively we played fine.”
Brainerd — 0 1 0
Bemidji — 3 5 0
WP: Zach Solheim. LP: Kevin Peterson. Overall: Brd 0-1. Next: Brainerd hosts Moorhead 5 p.m. Tuesday.