The 2015 Little League tournament was held July 15-16 at Bowman with seven teams involved.
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON | For The Record
The 2015 Little League tournament was held July 15-16 at Bowman with seven teams involved. It was another excellent tournament with the younger players. South Heart needed to play the IF game and pulled out a close 4-3 extra inning victory over Bowman. Bowman was in the same boat as they were last year having to beat a team twice for the championship.
As was the case last year against Lemmon, they won the first championship game against South Heart but fell just short in the final match. All games were five innings unless extra innings were required.
South Heart made it to the finals by downing Buffalo and Lemmon. Bowman defeated Belfield and then lost a tough 3-2 game to South Heart in the first game that pitted the two teams with no losses in the double elimination tourney. Bowman was leading 1-0 going into the top of the fourth when South Heart struck for three runs take the lead. Bowman came back in the bottom of the inning to score one. Preston Walter was the starting pitcher for South Heart and was doing in well. But in the bottom of the fifth South Heart brought in Tanner Jarret who proceeded to strike out the side to preserve the win.
That dropped Bowman to the loser’s bracket and they easily downed Lemmon 8-1 to give them another shot at South Heart, but needing two wins to win it all. They took the first game 4-0 behind the pitching of Gavin Scott and Caleb Duffield. In the IF game Walter again took the mound for South Heart while Bowman started Tucker Strand. After five innings the score was knotted at 3-3. South Heart managed to scratch out a run in the top of the sixth to take the lead. Bowman came back and had the bases loaded with two out but, reliever Jarret struck out the next Bowman hitter to end the game and giving South Heart the championship.
Hettinger’s opening game had them losing to Lemmon 2-0. That dropped them into the loser’s bracket and taking on Buffalo who had earlier lost 18-1 to South Heart. Connor Andress was holding on to a slim 1-0 lead but lost it in the last inning. Hettinger played a lot of their second team and they never could get their bats working. As a team, Hettinger was not hitting at all for the tournament. Scranton also went 0-2 losing a tight one to Belfield 8-6 and Lemmon knocked them out of the tourney in the second game.
Kudos to Kurt Silbernagel as he has rejuvenated baseball in South Heart. I believe Belfield and South Heart combine at the Babe Ruth level and are young this year. Hopefully there will be a Legion team in a few years.
Playing for Hettinger were Cade Warbis, Tanner DaFoe, Conner Andress, Corey Christopherson, Tommy Buckmier, Gavin Dalley, Caden Schauer, Bowden Hasbrook, Peyton Tuhy, Bennett Jorgenson, Alex Burrer, Devin Greff, Cody Curtis, Patrick Schultz, Sam Wieland, Jaron Frank and Caden Parnow.