On Wednesday, June 12, the Ducks challenged the Hazen Astros in Hazen and opened with Hettinger’s, Kye Erickson on the pitchers mound.Posted June 27, 2013
By Joyce Hinrichs
Special to the Record
On Wednesday, June 12, the Ducks challenged the Hazen Astros in Hazen and opened with Hettinger’s, Kye Erickson on the pitchers mound. Braxon Yates had a double for the Highway 21 Ducks, while D.J. Weismann was 3 out of 6 at the plate on the night. The Ducks trailed 2-5 heading into the top of the 7th inning, but were able to turn the tables when Hazen’s pitching went amiss and Highway 21 tightened the score to 4-5 with two outs and the bases loaded. Nonetheless, the Ducks Mason Stang, swung at a high pitch which resulted in a strike out and the Ducks fell in the first game 4-5.
Things changed in the nightcap when Austin Fitterer took the mound for the Ducks and pitched a solid 7 innings. Highway 21’s bats came alive in the nightcap and the Ducks went on to win 6-4, putting the Ducks at a 1-1 start on the season and helping them earn a nice split in American Legion Sectional Baseball play.
After having nearly a week off, the Ducks traveled three hours north for a face off against the Makoti Mavericks. McCahen Schweitzer pitched game one for the Ducks and helped to give them an early 1-0 lead after an inning of play. However, several defensive errors plagued the Ducks while the Mavericks bats got hot quicky.
Makoti cruised to an 11-1 victory early on in game one.
The Highway 21 Ducks weren’t going to give up, however, and raced out to an early 3-0 lead in game two. This time the Ducks were led behind the strong pitching of Austin Fitterer. Fitterer also had two key doubles in the game, helped the Ducks to maintain their early lead. Brandon Pierce from Scranton stepped in to close out the second game for the Ducks in the bottom of the seventh inning.
In game two, the Highway 21 Ducks prevailed and defeated the Mavericks 9-7.
The Ducks are now 2-2 on the season and will face off against strong Sectional opponents Beulah and Washburn next week in Hettinger.
Manager Seth Fisher said, “I’m quite happy with the boys start to the season. We’ve had a couple of good baseball games early on and that’s good to see. I’m fortuante to have some good athletes on the roster and kids who have a real passion for the game of baseball.” Fisher jokingly closed the conversation by saying, “Its always good when your records better than the Twins!”
Stay tuned for more Ducks updates in the near future.