The Hettinger Babe Ruth Bears split their double header with Hazen last week. Playing on their home field at Mirror Lake, the Hazen team came to town on June 24. The Bears came back from a big deficit to take the first game 8-6, but fell in the second contest 5-3.
Hazen plays five-inning games, so it was an adjustment for the Bears who are accustomed to playing seven innings.
Jacod Dix was on the mound in the first game and was roughed up during the first couple of innings, giving up six runs. Dix was able to settle down and finished the game strong as he shut Hazen down the next three innings to finish with the complete game. Dix tallied seven strikeouts. The Bears got back into their game thanks in part to their potent offense. Carson Schalesky and Jaxon Melmer each had a double, Melmer also had two walks and scored a run.
Brett Christopherson went 2 for 3 with a run, and Brady Dillon went 1 for 1 with a walk and was hit by a pitch. Dillon also scored twice. Hettinger scored six runs in the bottom of the second to tie the game. The Bears would add a run in the third and one in the fourth, taking a tworun lead, finishing with the 8-6 win.
Warrick Disle opened up the second game on the mound for the Bears. He went three innings before Mason DaFoe came in to start the fourth and finished the game. DaFoe also went 1 for 1 at the plate and had two walks and an RBI.
Andy McWilliams and Josh Dix each had two walks and a run scored for the Bears. Hazen beat Hettinger 5-3 to split the series.