Hettinger hosted this year’s Midget baseball tournament with ten teams.
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON | For The Record
Hettinger hosted this year’s Midget baseball tournament with ten teams. It was a single elimination tournament with a consolation bracket. Bowman and South Heart both fielded two teams along with Belfield, Scranton, Buffalo, New England, Baker, Mont. and host Hettinger. Midget baseball is also called coach-pitch as the team’s coach pitches to his/her own team but cannot be involved in any defensive plays.
With ten teams entered there had to be two play-in games with the winners advancing to the quarter finals and the losers headed for the consolation bracket. Both games were close with the Bowman Red downing a scrappy Scranton team and Hettinger getting by New England.
In the quarter final games the Bowman Sox defeated Belfield, Bowman Red over South Heart #1, Hettinger squeaked by Buffalo, and Baker downed South Heart #2.
That set up the semi-finals pitting the two Bowman teams against each other and Hettinger facing Baker. I missed the rest of the tourney as my wife had an emergency dentist visit that I had to take her to. I returned as the finals were completed.
I was informed by some Bowman fans that the Bowman game was a barn burner. The Red jumped out to a big lead but the Sox kept pecking away at the lead and pulled it out in the last inning. With the coach pitching to his own team, coach Mark Kunze had to pitch for both teams since he is the coach of both. Hettinger downed Baker in the other semi game to put them in the championship game with the Sox.
The Sox defeated Hettinger 11-7 to win their second straight Midget tournament.
Bowman Red was victorious over Belfield to take third place. It looks like the sport of baseball is making a comeback at South Heart. I talked to their assistant coach Dustin Honeyman who informed me that they had enough kids out this year to form two teams.
Playing for this year’s Hettinger Midget team were Derek Kari, Bryce Kari, Hayden DaFoe, Braden Jahner, Riley Hasbrouk, Gavin Parnow, Blake Larson, Vincent Ginter, Jackson Hallen, Cameron Weiland, Kyler Schalesky, Owen Praus, Tony Wheeler, Jacob Galbreath, Kolby Melling, Trevor Dalley and Isaak Guthrie. They were coached by Kye Erickson, Paul Jamison, Jacob Dix and Brett Christopherson.