ON TO REGIONALS: Hettinger’s Babe Ruthers’ become district champs …

Team now faces Beulah for shot at state play

By Sheldon Christenson | For The Record

Hettinger-Scranton’s (HS) Babe Ruth team repeated as District champs and will face Beulah for the Region title with the winner going on to the state tournament.

Bowman was the host town for the districts and the home team took on Lemmon in the opening game of the double elimination tourney.  Lemmon came out on top, 8-3, to put them against the #1 seed HS Nighthawks.

Jarad Mattis got the nod to start the opening game for HS and went the distance in an 8-3 victory.  He gave up five hits, five walks and struck out nine.  HS batters were not that prolific themselves as they could only muster five hits but took advantage of six walks, two hit batsman and four errors to put runners on base.  Once on base runners advanced via stolen base, wild pitch or passed balls.  Ethan Dupper did get two hits and scored twice to lead HS.

On the second day of the tourney Lemmon and Bowman faced each other again in the loser out game with Lemmon coming out on top 9-7.  They then had to take on HS again in hopes of beating them twice.  Lemmon scored twice in the top of the first inning, but after the completion of the first inning there wasn’t much doubt who was going to win this one.  HS jumped on Lemmon pitching for seven runs in their half of the first inning.  They went on to a 17-7 victory that ended in the fifth inning due to the run rule.  HS’s hitting shoes were on as they collected a total of 16 including five for extra bases.

Tate Resner took the win but gave up four hits and eight walks.  Jacob Dix paced HS in hitting going four-for-five, two RBIs and scoring four times.  Hudson Pierce chipped in with three hits, two RBIs and also scored four times.  Resner helped his own cause by knocking in four runners.

Note to the city of Bowman, I know you are trying to fund a new city recreation center, but new bleachers at the James field should be considered.  The seating arrangement is terrible and the wood is rotting out in many areas.

Like many small ND towns, baseball has died off at the Legion level and even at the Babe Ruth level.  But Bowman has an up and coming youth baseball program and I see their Babe Ruth teams improving and eventually fielding a Legion team.

The fans need a better set of bleachers.