EYE on South West ND Sports

By Sheldon Christenson (NOTE: Parts of this column were from last week but did not get printed in the paper.) Coach Kelly Pierce gave me an update on the Legion team.
In their first home game of the year they faced Dickinson JV again and lost both games. Dickinson won the first game, 5-2, as Damon Mellmer took the loss. In the second game they were only down 4-3 when the wheels fell off in the top of the 4th. A pitching change was made and the relievers could not throw strikes and Dickinson scored 11 that inning. The tourney in Carrington scheduled for 28-29 June was cancelled due to weather.

The Midget and Little League teams took on Belfield in a home game on 24 Jun. Midgets won their game and the Little League team lost. The Little Leaguers then took on Lemmon on 1 July and split a doubleheader as excellent pitching was displayed in both games. Lemmon won the 1st game 3-0 and Hettinger came back and took the second game 2-1. According to my unofficial records I have the Midgets with a 4-0 record and the Little Leaguers with a one win, four losses and one tie.

Both teams then took on Scranton on 7 July and the both Scranton teams came away with victories.


Summer sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

■14 Jul, Little girls softball tourney, location TBD

■14 Jul, Legion vs Burlington at Hettinger

■16 Jul, Legion at Garrison

■16 Jul, Babe Ruth vs Lemmon at Hettinger

■16 Jul, Girls softball tourney, location TBD

■17-18 Jul, Little League tourney at Hettinger

The Babe Ruth team made another trip to Dickinson and this time they lost both games. Logo Magic was victorious in the first game, 9-7, and Consolidated came out on top in the second game, 5-4. According to the Hettinger coaches, poor base running and too many errors led to the defeats. The coaches are still working out a date when Dickinson can come to Hettinger before the post season tournaments start.

A very interesting article in the 6 July edition of the Bismarck Tribune by Cindy Peterson about the Wounded Warriors Amputee softball team who had entered the rain shortened McQuade charity slowpitch softball tournament. If you haven’t had a chance to read it, I recommend you find a copy or go on line. A few comments from her article:

“It had nothing to do with softball. It had everything to do with you — the communities of Bismarck and Mandan and the citizens of North Dakota. Pat yourselves on the back. You impressed these young men.”

“It was the first time these young men have ever visited North Dakota. Our state was the only one in the nation that manager David Van Sleet hadn’t been to. They certainly don’t want to return to North Dakota to be rained on or to be blown away by the strong winds that whipped through the prairie that weekend.

“They want to see you again. The people of North Dakota made these young men feel welcome and treated them with the utmost respect. For one weekend, they were the main show in Bismarck and Mandan.”

“They said this has been the best place they’ve ever gone,” McQuade tournament manager Mike Wolf Wolf said. It’s easy to say that when you are somewhere, but they really meant it. To hear them say they want to come back to Bismarck and Mandan tells you about the character of all the people they met throughout the weekend. That tells us about the character of Bismarck, Mandan and North Dakota.” See you at the games.