By Sheldon Christenson | The Record
Hettinger-Scranton’s (HS) Babe Ruth team defeated Bowman, 13-10, on Bowman’s home field on 15 July. This was a game that was closer than it should have been.
HS had a 5-0 lead after they batted in the top half of the third inning. But Bowman came back with three runs in their half of the 3rd inning with the aid of three misplayed pop ups, two HS errors and one walk.
They scored one in the 4th, two in the 5th and four in the 6th to pull even with HS at 10-10. During those three innings HS pitching gave Bowman hitters free passes with six walks and hitting two batters.
HS proceeded to score three in the top half of the 7th and Jarad Mattis came in as relief and finished the game by striking out all three hitters he faced.
Fortunately, HS’s offense was working as they collected a total 16 hits including one triple and one double. Jordan Dilse led the offense with four hits, including a double, three RBIs and scored twice. Mattis chipped in with three hits, including a triple, two RBIs and scored twice. Mason Defoe was inserted as the extra hitter and he was on base all four at bats with two hits and walking twice. He also scored twice.
Tate Resner started on the mound for HS going five innings before being relieved by Dilse with two on and no outs in the sixth.
Alex Bartholomay went the distance for Bowman and aided his own cause with two hits which included a two-run triple and scored three times. He only walked two and struck out six.
Bowman is a young team with 12 on their roster that includes four little leaguers.
Note to coaches, after watching a few players sliding into a base or home, more practiced is needed. Here is a Special Report on sliding by Al Figone, Ph.D for an article in the Collegiate Baseball, printed in April 20 and May 4, 2012.
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